Senator Marco Rubio(R-Florida)

Gang of 8 freshman Senator Marco Rubio(R) appeared on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday and was asked about his criticisms of Jay-Z and Beyonce‘s recent 5th anniversary vacation to Cuba. Rubio, who was born in Florida to Cuban immigrants, suggested that Jay-Z should brush up on his Cuban history and added that they missed a great opportunity to bring attention to a certain Cuban hip hop artist who is currently persecuted for his music:

RUBIO: If Jay-Z was truly interested in the true state of affairs in Cuba, he would have met people that are being oppressed, including a hip-hop artist in Cuba [jailed rapper Angel Yunier Remon Arzuaga] who is right now being oppressed and persecuted and is undergoing a hunger strike because of his political lyrics.”


“Jay-Z needs to get informed,” Rubio said. “One of his heroes is Che Guevara. Che Guevara was a racist. Che Guevara was a racist that wrote extensively about the superiority of white Europeans over people of African descent, so he should inform himself on the guy that he’s propping up.”


Jay-z’s new post-Cuba-vacay song Open Letter claims he “got White House clearance,” perhaps for his Cuban vacation, which was actually approved by the Treasury Department. The song lyrics drew an instant cringe and dismissal from White House spokesman Jay Carney:

“I guess nothing rhymes with Treasury,” Carney joked. “It’s a song. The president did not communicate with Jay-Z over this trip.”

A couple of other interesting notables from Open Letter include “Obama said “chill, you gonna get me impeached” – “You know whenever I’m threatened, I start shooting (BANG!)” and “This communist talk is so confusing.” 

The lyrics:

I done turned Havana to Atlanta
Guayabera shirts and bandanas
Every time you think they got me I switch the plan up
Bulletproof this, radio scanners
Ballin’ ’til they ban us
You gettin’ too much bread, they try to jam you
Boy from the hood but got White House clearance
Sorry y’all, I don’t agree with y’all appearance
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
I might buy a kilo for Chief Keef
Out of spite, I just might flood these streets
Hear the freedom in my speech
Got an onion from Universal, read it and weep
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
Obama said “chill, you gonna get me impeached”
But you don’t need this shit anyway
Chill with me on the beach

Y’all gon’ learn today

Ya’ll almost want to start a revolution
You know whenever I’m threatened, I start shooting (BANG!)
Catch a body, head to Houston
I’m in Cuba, I love Cubans
This communist talk is so confusing
When it’s from China, the very mic that I’m using
Idiot wind, the Bob Dylan of rap music
You’re an idiot, baby, you should become a student
Oh, you gonna learn today
Where the fuck have you been
The world’s under new management
The new role model, fuck this Zoolander shit