Jay-Z: “Hear the freedom in my speech”

April 11th, 2013

An interesting lyrics from his new song, rapping about his special dispensation from the President to travel to Cuba. I like the formulation of freedom in the speech, rather than freedom of speech. I like to think that all of my words exude independence. Though Hova’s lyrics hardly resonate of liberty, with such lines as “I’m in Cuba, I love Cubans. This communist talk is so confusing.”

Update: It seems that the President did not authorize the trip, though his designee in Treasury did.

DONOVAN SLACK, POLITICO: I just want to return to Beyonce and Jay-Z. Jay-Z released a rap today, I know the other day you said that Treasury was the one that cleared their trip, he suggested that he got White House permission – that he personally spoke with the president. I’ll just quote: “I turned Havana into Atlanta. Boy from the hood, I got White House Clearance. Obama said chill you gonna get me impeached. You don’t need this expletive anyway, chill with me on the beach.”

JAY CARNEY: I guess nothing rhymes with Treasury, because Treasury offers and gives licenses for travel, as you know, and the White House has nothing to do with it.

SLACK: So are you saying that he did not, the president, did not have a conversation with Jay-Z?

JAY CARNEY: I am absolutely saying that the White House, from the president on down, had nothing to do with anybody’s personal — anybody’s travel to Cuba. That is something that Treasury handles.

… it’s a song, Donovan. The president did not communicate with Jay-Z over this trip.