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Jay-Z 'Open Letter' Track Disses Critics on Cuba Trip, Brooklyn Nets Divestment

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 17:  Rapper Jay-Z smiles before the 2013 NBA All-Star game at the Toyota Center on February 17, 2013 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterApril 11, 2013

Jay-Z will answer your criticism, but he will need to put on his headphones and wait for the beat first. 

Billboard.com reports Jay-Z released a new single to answer every last one of his critics in the wake of his recent trip to Cuba and his planned divestment as owner of the Brooklyn Nets, a move to further his sports agency in the NBA ranks. 

Here is the track, which features some NSFW language.

 

Cuba Trip 

Jay-Z and Beyonce recently took a trip to Cuba, a country that still faces U.S. economic sanctions and limits American tourism. 

As the New York Times reports, two representatives "wrote to the Treasury Department to ascertain precisely what license the couple were traveling under." The department confirmed the trip was sanctioned as an "educational exchange."

Still, Jay-Z would like to answer any criticism directed his way while also adding some vitriol to the current state of relations with Cuba: 

Politicians never did shit for me
Except lie to me, distort history
Wanna give me jail time and a fine
Fine, let me commit a real crime

He even brought the President into the mix:

Obama said "chill, you gonna get me impeached"
But you don't need this shit anyway
Chill with me on the beach

In case you were wondering, much of this is creative license, as President Obama reportedly did not discuss any trip with the hip-hop star. 

 

Brooklyn Nets 

The bigger point of interest, at least to sports fans, is the lyrics dedicated to Jay-Z's ownership of the Brooklyn Nets. 

For those uninitiated, Jay-Z is set to divest his less-than-one-percent share in the franchise so that he can begin representing NBA players through his burgeoning Roc Nation Sports agency, via Yahoo! Sports

Well, it seems "Hov" heard the impassioned critiques on ditching the Nets for a surprise sports agency, because he blasts all you "dweebs" in this stanza:

Would've brought the Nets to Brooklyn for free
Except I made millions off it, you fuckin' dweeb
I still own the building, I'm still keeping my seat
Y'all buy that bullshit, you'd better keep y'all receipt

You can go ahead and stop worrying all about any financial difficulty the star might have in leaving his small share on the table. Oh, and he still has courtside seats to Nets games, in case you were concerned. 

Much of the criticism from the masses seems to be that a hip-hop icon thinks he can step in and manage sports stars. The main point, and one raised by Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, is he will once again be more of a symbolic leader in this particular endeavor. 

Creative Artists Agency (CAA), a business that has managed over $1 billion worth of negotiations, will handle the majority of deals. 

Not that Jay-Z will be completely hands-off, but he will continue to spread the empire to new frontiers by taking a back seat to those more experienced. And if history serves, he will be quite successful in doing so. 

If you have an issue with that, he will fire up the recording studio once again. 

 

Note: All quoted lyrics via RapGenius.com

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