Senator Marco Rubio suggested that Jay-Z and Beyoncé have "no interest in Cuban People's freedom." And U.S. Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart said that the pair's recent visit "funds the machinery of oppression."
Pero, their constituent, Miami native, and Cuban-American rapper Pitbull thinks that the Carters' Treasury-approved "educational exchange trip" is the least important diplomatic dialogue about Cuba that the U.S. government should be having.
"Admit it if you want to, truth is the truth, lie if you want to," Pit raps on his latest track, a response to the unnecessary controversy surrounding Jigga's vacation. "Politics, yeah, that's politic."
Written and performed from the perspective of a first-generation Cuban-American, Pit's lyrics reflect a common view shared by several of his contemporaries. And it's one that often causes rifts between friends, even family members.
Reminding everyone to let bygones be bygones and that the Cold War is over, Pit rhymes, "Russian Missile Crisis had America skating on nuclear ice/Bay of Pigs, big bluff/We thought they had our back, but they left us straight stuck/I ain't here to hold a grudge, I love the freedom that has been given to us."
While the American government agrees that Fidel Castro's regime es tremenda mierda and, like many of us, long for a free Cuba, they've done little for the cause; they've held a grudge instead.
And that's what Pit's talking about.
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"Don't agree with the change Castro talk, but it's hard to understand unless they educate you/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?/Hmm, rhyme with treasury/One way or other, in Cuba is where they'll bury me/Happy fifth year anniversary, Jay and Bey, don't worry it's on me."