Pitbull offers musical take on Jay-Z’s Cuba trip

Miami, April 16 (IANS/EFE) Cuban-American rapper Pitbull offered a musical take on the controversy over hip hop mogul Jay-Z and pop diva Beyonce’s recent visit to Cuba.

The Miami-born son of Cuban exiles released a song called “Open Letter Freestyle”, which shares a backing track with Jay-Z’s own musical response to the criticism of the trip.

Shawn Carter, a.k.a. Jay-Z, and Beyonce traveled to Havana on the occasion of their fifth wedding anniversary.

Tourism to Cuba is banned under Washington’s 50-year-old economic embargo against the island, but it is possible to obtain a license from the Treasury Department for religious, academic, educational and cultural journeys.

Responding to an angry query from two Cuban-American members of Congress, the Treasury Department said last Tuesday that Jay-Z, Beyonce and members of their family were authorized to travel to Cuba for educational purposes.

“Politicians love to hate you/ But then they run away when it’s time to debate you.Question of the night:/ would they have mess with Mr. Carter if he was white?,” Pitbull says in his song.

“Happy 5th year anniversary, Jay and B/don’t worry it’s on me,” the rapper known as “Mr. 305” continues.

–IANS/EFE

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