Jay-Z’s “Open Letter” swipe at haters who bashed a recent anniversary trip he and wife Beyoncé took to Cuba has inspired a song that both educates and defends the rapper.
The Miami-born Cuban-American rapper Pitbull riffs on Jay-Z’s instrumentals while supplying his own lyrics about the tumultuous relations between America and the Communist island nation.
“Question of the night, would they have messed with Mr. Carter if he was white?” Pitbull rapped, using Jay-Z’s real last name in a reference to critics of the trip.
One of those critics, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) tweeted Pitbull’s rap.
“Politicians love to hate you/but then run away when it’s time to debate you,” he raps in the song posted online Sunday.
“Happy fifth year anniversary, Jay and Bey. Don’t worry, it’s on me.”
Following his trip, Jay-Z teed off in an online rap: “Politicians never did s–t for me/except lie to me, distort history. I turned Havana into Atlanta.”
Pitbull also used his rap to educate about the ugly history between Cuba and America, from the 1961 CIA-funded Bay of Pig invasion and 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis to the controversial decision to return 7-year-old refugee Elián González to Cuba in 2000.
“It’s the freedom that we rap for,” Pitbull sings. “It’s the freedom that we die for. C-U-B-A, hope to see you free one day.”