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Pitbull's rap response to Jay-Z's Cuba-trip Open Letter is a headscratcher for some

@MarcACaputo

Miami rapper Pitbull released a rap response to Jay-Z's "Open Letter" rap response to Miami's Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Marco Rubio for criticizing his recent trip to Cuba. (Yeah, it's confusing. Here's the last link that has other links).

Partisans in the Twittersphere seem confused. Is Pitbull taking sides? The wondering is understandable. Pitbull is a party rapper not known for subtlety (Rubio said as much on Twitter before clarifying his remarks).

But this is different.

Pitbull's track is less a political statement than a stream-of-consciousness that sounds like a rhyming history of Cubans in Miami, touching on everything from Scarface (the movie soundtrack appears to be sampled, FYI) to the Mariel boatlift crime wave to Operation Pedro Pan to Hermanos Al Rescate to Elian Gonzalez

"Elian got snatched back, the whole world seen it," Pitbull intones (interesting fact: Diaz-Balart's brother, former Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart was an outspoken voice for keeping the boy here).

Then there's this line: "Let's not act like half of our families ain't flipped bricks." A reference to Rubio's brother in law who, when the future politician was 16, was busted as part of a drug ring (a touchy subject)?

Pitbull takes shots at unnamed politicians and he seems to support Jay-Z and Beyonce

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?/ Hmmm, rhyme with treasury/ One way another in Cuba is where they’ll bury me/ Happy 5th year anniversary, Jay and B/ don’t worry it’s on me

Rubio didn't seem concerned this morning when he Tweeted a link to the track.

We've been told that, when Rubio won the Senate in 2010, Pitbull showed up at The Biltmore during his victory party. But last year, the rapper was firmly in President Obama's camp when he appeared with the Democrat in Hollywood.

Regardless of what Pitbull intended, this much is clear: Jay-Z is a pretty terrible rapper (sure, he's rich and famous. So who am I? Just another hater).

Here's the Pitbull track

And here's an example of rappers from Cuba who show a side to the island that Jay-Z and Beyonce probably never saw and who have a talent Jay-Z never will:

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Julian Garcia M.I.A.

The real headscratcher is the useless governor we have, Rick Scott. He has no immigration plan now and the one he did have was the racist one from Arizona. Why would a governor who can't address the issue of immigration be the governor of a place like Florida with so many Hispanics? Our governor is a tool.

sassy510

Lol.... Jay Z is going to get folks in some stuff they aint ready for....this dude was out of pocket....how is it he glorifying a racist from cuba who lol wow...we all know he glorifies lighter skin blacks...but a racist.....this dude confused

Joe

@ Julian Garcia

Why do you hate white people?

No More Rick Scott

Consider the case of Florida, whose governor, Rick Scott, made his personal fortune in the health industry. At one point, by the way, the company he built pleaded guilty to criminal charges, and paid $1.7 billion in fines related to Medicare fraud. Anyway, Mr. Scott got elected as a fierce opponent of Obamacare, and Florida participated in the suit asking the Supreme Court to declare the whole plan unconstitutional. Nonetheless, Mr. Scott recently shocked Tea Party activists by announcing his support for the Medicaid expansion.

But his support came with a condition: he was willing to cover more of the uninsured only after receiving a waiver that would let him run Medicaid through private insurance companies. Now, why would he want to do that?

-Paul Krugman NYT

echosierra

it's not about black and white, it's about RED. Jay-z, Obama and the rest love the Communistas.

Maureen

If it were the everyday hard working person who did this they would have been thrown in jail upon arriving back in the states... How much did mr. and mrs.Carter *hand* out to stay out of trouble? They should have been handcuffed right as their plane landed and the doors opened. now lets see what our politicians are going to do about these two. the country is watching....

Catllers

America has always welcomed immigrants, we are a country of laws. Ever read the inscription on the Statue of Liberty? America has fought for freedom for life, liberty and happiness (to own property). I read so many "artist" who embrace dictatorships, have they ever lived under one? These "artist" embraced Barak as the uniter and all I have seen is division. Pitbull sings of freedom, cool very cool, now that what's he gonna sing when the burden of Barak's thousand pages of regulations, bringing down small business that can't afford all these? Bailouts if big corporations who yet to be indicted for crimes. Sing about the unfortunate German family that our DOJ went after to deport them because Germany has a Hitler law in the books making it illegal to homeschool and when this family is deported their kids will be taken away. America the last hope for freedom, there is nowhere else.

leonor

Money buys everything, specially for the thug rappers, like Jay-Z.

Oscar Navarro

You might not like Jay-Z's "Cuba rap" but one song doesn't make one of the best hip-hop artists of all time a "terrible rapper". Every artist makes bad songs. Would you say the Beatle's are a terrible band just because you didn't like "Yellow Submarine."? Is Lebron James a terrible player after one bad game? Everyone of Jay-Z's albums have gone platinum, he is rap mogul and hall of famer and continues to do so into his 40's. For you to say he is "clearly terrible" shows how "terrible" of a writer you are. Do not speak of topics that you do not have any knowledge of. I'm not a writer but it seems as if that would be one of the primary rules when writing articles you intend on the public to read. You should be disappointed in yourself letting a political viewpoint stand in the way of basic facts. You're a clearly a terrible writer @MarcACaputo

Jorge

As much as everyone speaks about freedom of speech and freedom of expression
What about the freedom of movement that we as Americans enjoy everyday that
We can come and go as we please. How is it that I as an American can travel
To N Korea,China,Iran and bunch of other places that there regimes are far
Worst than Cuba? I think we as Cubans have 4gotten why we left cuba let me
Remind everyone because they wanted to tell us what to think what to say how
To act etc... And here we are doing the same exact thing. It's sad to see how
Such an intelligent people such as ourselves can sound so ignorant when it
Comes to the topic of cuba. And in the meantime there are 12,000.000 of our
Brothers and sisters suffering on the sideline just waiting for someone to look
Out for there interests which no one ever even mentions. All I hear is when is
Castro gonna die? When is this dictatorship gonna end? Maybe when we stop
Talking so much about him and glorifying him on our local news by putting pics
Of him that are 30 yrs old when he was young and strong why don't I see the
Images of him now when he met the pope and couldn't even stand up on his
Own. as much as the revolution was a total failure our retaliation has been just
As much of a failure. It's time for these 2 "pueblos" to reunite and families to
Reunite because life is too short and were waiting valuable time that we won't
Get back. Cuba te quiero con el alma y espero que Algun dia alguien luche por
Tus intereses y no los intereses de este exilio solamente.

Quis

Well said Jorge

Quis

Can someone help me? People purchase licenses for all sorts of reasons to travel to Cuba all the time. Why is it now that two rich and powerful entertainers like Jay-Z and Bey travel there it becomes an issue. I personally think its because people try so hard to find a imperfection in the two of them and there's so little bein exposed in the public eye that we just take something like this and run with it and make them the "bad guys" for once in there careers. Who's to say they didn't go over there for some sort of cultural research. I feel like it's so much other stuff going on in Florida that we need to be worrying about then one of the riches "power couples" spending thier anniversary in Cuba. IJS "shrugs" who cares.

Reductio ad Absurdum

@Quis

Really? Cultural research? I guarantee you that Bey and Jay-Z wouldn't even know how to begin a rudimentary research paper, they are not intelligent. Saying, "who's to say they aren't there for cultural research," calls into question either your sanity or your own intelligence.

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