White House Denies Jay-Z’s Claim In Rap Song ‘Open Letter’ - Norfolk Music

As if Jay-Z and Beyonce's recent trip to Cuba didn't cause enough of a stir with Florida lawmakers, the "Hard Knock Life" rapper added fuel to the fire when he responded with "Open Letter", a track produced by Timbaland and Swizz Beatz. On the track, Jay-Z says, "..boy from the hood but got White House clearance.." Then he goes on to say, "Obama said chill, you gon' get me impeached..you don't need this (expletive) anyway, chill wit' me on the beach."

To listen to the full song, click here: http://lifeandtimes.com/jay-z-open-letter

White House press secretary, Jay Carney, responds to questions pertaining to Jay-Z's song. A member of the press questioned if Jay-Z did, indeed, secured White House clearance to travel to Cuba.

According to USA Today, "I guess nothing rhymes with Treasury," joked Jay Carney. He goes on to say, "Because Treasury offers and gives licenses for travel, as you know, and the White House has nothing to do with it."

Carney also adds, "It's a song". "The president did not communicate with Jay-Z over this trip."

Producer Swizz Beatz shares how the track came about. According to SOHH.COM via New York's Hot 97, Swizz Beatz says, "Shout-out to Timbaland. I started the beat in Jay's office," Swizz revealed in an interview. "And then we moved to the 40/40 [nightclub] because I had the portale drum machine and everything. Then Tim can in and was like, 'That thing is crazy.' You know what I'm saying? We were all just vibing and then the next thing I know, Jay calling me in the morning with verses and I'm like, 'You serious about this?' Then when we get to the studio, we just start vibing like back in the days. It was just one of those moments that anybody [who] got to see it was very privileged."

It's ironic how Jay-Z has probably increased his audience. Hip Hop history has proven that when a rapper becomes the subject of the government or any public official, their sales and visibility increase drastically.

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