Let’s face it: Jay-Z makes for great headlines. Often the story stems from his music, but the public is quick to scarf up Hov’s business moves and personal life as well. That was the case this week when he and Beyoncé’s trip to Cuba spurred political backlash. Then, there was Jay’s signing of New York Yankee Robinson Cano, his Roc Nation move to Universal Music Group and reports that the mogul will be divesting ownership from the Brooklyn Nets.
Clearly, Shawn Carter has a lot going on, but rather than address it in a series of interviews or Twitter rants (he almost never tweets), Jay-Z decided to do what he does best: put his thoughts in a song.
So what did we discover from Jay’s newly released “Open Letter” on Thursday (April 11)? MTV News breaks it down. Y’all gon’ learn today!
Hov and Bey didn’t enter Cuba illegally
Jay’s political connections advised him well. After a few Republican lawmakers called for an investigation into the trip that Hov and Bey took during their five-year wedding anniversary, Jigga fired back with his own story. “Boy from the hood, but got White House clearance/ Sorry y’all, I don’t agree with y’all parents,” he raps.
Jay-Z probably won’t buy a kilo for Chief Keef, but he’s thought about it
The Brooklyn MC makes no secret of his drug-dealing past. He’s actually used his hustler’s mentality to strike groundbreaking (and legal) deals in music, fashion and sports. Though he has since removed himself from the drug game, Jay has not forgotten. “I might buy a kilo for Chief Keef/ Out of spite, I just might flood these streets,” he spits after taunting the powers that be to give him jail time for a “real crime.”
Jigga places his freedom of speech and artistic expression at a premium
It’ll be a bad idea for Jay to supply the embattled teenage rapper Chief Keef with drugs, he knows this. After all it’s only rap. “Hear the freedom in my speech,” Jay rhymes after offering to flood the streets with cocaine.
Is it also possible that Jay meant for the lyric to stand as a weigh-in on Rick Ross’ rape-lyric controversy ? That part is unclear.
The Nets didn’t have to pay Jay-Z a dime for his work, but they did
“Would’ve brought the Nets to Brooklyn for free/ Except I made millions off it, you f—in’ dweeb,” Jay raps after recent reports surfaced that he will have to give up his shares in the team if he wants to make a full-fledged dive into sports agency.
Jay also makes it clear that he is still riding for the Nets, and even if he doesn’t have stake in the team, he still owns a piece of the Barclays Center where they play. “I still own the building, I’m still keeping my seats/ You buy that bullsh–, you better keep your receipts,” he warns.
Jay-Z doesn’t appreciate Stacey Dash’s communist comments
Why does Jay-Z have to have communist ties to visit Cuba? Huh, Stacey Dash? For this criticism, he offers up a different reasoning. “I’m in Cuba, I love Cubans/ This communist talk is so confusing/ When it’s from China, the very mic that I’m using,” he says questioning U.S. economic sanctions in a roundabout way.
Do you care that The Jay Z”s have taken the capital you have given them and funded a communist oppressive regime?
— Stacey Dash (@REALStaceyDash) April 9, 2013
But he enjoys a good Bob Dylan record and thinks Stacey Dash is an ’idiot’
On “Idiot Wind” Bob Dylan blasted the press for planting stories about him, and on “Open Letter,” Jay does the same. He also takes the “Clueless” star to task. ” ’Idiot Wind’ the Bob Dylan of rap music/ You’re an idiot baby, you should become a student,” he spits.
What is your favorite lyric from Jay-Z’s “Open Letter”? Let us know in the comments!