Pitbull Weighs in on Jay-Z/Cuba Controversy


Coming in a week or so late to the party, Mr. Worldwide himself, Pitbull has sounded off on the Jay-Z in Cuba controversy by releasing his own freestyle about HOV’s visit to the communistic country.

For those not familiar with the story, Jay-Z and wife, Beyoncé went to Cuba to celebrate their fifth anniversary with his mother as well as hers. It’s against the law to go to Cuba as a tourist, but somehow the power duo and their mothers managed to do so.

Most of the reactions from people about the visit was negative that even an investigation was started by two Florida congresspeople as to why they were allowed to go there. The unofficial-official reason was that Jay-Z was in Cuba to scout for new talent for his recently created sports agency, Roc Nation Sports.

Due to the backlash, he released a song on his Life + Time blog titled “Open Letter” where he kind of responses to the accusations. He states: “Politicians never did shit for me / Except lie to me, distort history. Want to give me jail time and a fine / Fine, let me commit a real crime.”

Now Pitbull, a super proud Cuban-American from Miami has responded in his own freestyle saying the following: “Politicians love to hate  you / But then they run away when it’s time to debate you / Question of the night / Would they have messed with Mr. Carter if he was white?”

The freestyle can be heard below:

While the main question being asked is how they managed to get away with this, the real question should be WHY would they want to go to Cuba with a million other places to pick from, especially for something as special as a wedding anniversary.

Two Members of Congress Investigating Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s Cuban Visit

Beyonce and  Jay-Z in Cuba

As if Florida doesn’t already have a bad enough reputation for being horrible at counting voters’ card, now two congress member that represent the state are investigating the power duo’s recent trip to Cuba.

Two republican members, U.S. Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, like many people want to know more information about why Jay-Z and Beyoncé chose the communistic island as their vacation spot considering that the US has a restriction against tourism in Cuba.

The only bit of information given was that the duo decided to go to the island to celebrate their fifth anniversary with their mothers, but other than that, there was no more information given. The representatives though, are searching for answers from Adam J. Szubin, director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control, “regarding the type of license that Beyoncé and Jay-Z received, for what purpose, and who approved such travel.”

“Cuba’s tourism industry is wholly state-controlled,” Ros-Lehtinen and Diaz-Balart wrote. “Therefore, U.S. dollars spent on Cuban tourism directly fund the machinery of oppression that brutally oppresses the Cuban people.”

The State Department have replied with saying that they had no previous knowledge of this trip. Though there are regulations set in place to keep this from happening, there are many loopholes including going to another country to gain entrance to the island.

For those who do get caught, penalties for violating the travel ban can include a 10-year prison sentence and a $250,000 fine. Like many people who get caught, chances of such a punishment probably won’t happen.