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Should Jay-Z Have Mentioned Obama In ‘Open Letter’?

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The Bromance between Hova and the El Presidente has being going on ever since the 2008 election when Obama first ran for presidency and Jay-Z was a highly publicized supporter of his campaign. Lately that relationship has come under question after Jay-Z stated in his newly released track that he got clearance from the white house to travel to Cuba (which United States citizens are not authorized without special allowances because Cuba is a communist nation). A few republicans are pushing for an investigation on Jay-Z and Beyonce’s trip and if there was any involvement with President Obama granting the trip. Jay has made use of using Barack’s name in his lyrics before in the past but it’s never come under such scrutiny as it did yesterday. Is it really becoming a problem now?

Jigga even mentioned himself in the song “Obama said ‘chill, you gonna get me impeached'”,so he does understand that he’s creeping close to a fine line. The Secretary to the President held a press conference yesterday at the White House; when asked about the song he said that The President had no involvement with the trip to Cuba and all trips to that nation are a matter concerning the United States Treasury. He also said that “it’s just a song” and I think that should be kept in mind more than anything. Rappers have been embellishing the truth in their rhymes since the genre was created so if you really take EVERYTHING as factual in a rap song then that’s pretty asinine. While its pretty harmless on the surface, it has brought unnecessary attention to The Obama Administration with many more pressing issues they need to address. Maybe Obama really does want Jay-Z to “chill”.

Stacey Dash even threw in her two sense in on the situation…

“Do you care that The Jay Z’s have taken the capital you have given them and funded a communist oppressive regime?”

For the most part she was blasted for her remarks but it’s just another example on the attention high profile celebrities brings, it’s just the territory. It’s hard to be in a position of power and have a rapper in your network because the profanity and themes in their music. Beyond Jay-Z, rappers name-drop Obama all the time, most of it being in ways he can’t support publicly. Can you imagine to Barack riding around to “My President Is Black” on Pennsylvania Avenue? Rappers put The President in tough spots so of course Obama’s Secretary had to refute everything that Jay-Z proclaimed in the song.

You got to keep in mind that Hip-Hop artist are entitled to their musical expression. There’s an image you are trying to create with these songs so not everything stated is the complete truth, nor should it be. Maybe Jay-Z simply mentioned to Obeezy that he was thinking about going to Cuba, he didn’t get clearance by any means but even the conversation, again, isn’t something Obama can admit to.

It’s hard to build relationships between musicians and politicians because of the controversy that is ever-presently surrounding them. From Bob Dylan to Bob Marley, certain musicians are very critical of the government. If Obama decided to disassociate himself from Jay-Z, it would be understandable. It’s the equivalent to a government official who’s best friend was some guy named Joey “The Shark” Loronzo, it just doesn’t look right.

Even though we have freedom of speech in this country, it’s hardly free. People are picking apart a rap song that’s not even intended for an official release as evidence to open an embargo investigation. Everyone at some point has to watch what they say…

But it’s just a rap song, let’s chill…

By @Eskeino


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