Pitbull responds to Jay-Z's "Open Letter"

The Miami-born rapper sends a pro-Cuba message

By Prachi Gupta

Published April 15, 2013 6:53PM (EDT)

In response to Jay-Z's "Open Letter," in which the rapper addressed recent criticism over his trip to Cuba (among other things), Pitbull has issued his own version of the rap.

Pitbull, born to Cuban parents, departed from his usual dance music to rap a politically charged message, saying, "It's the freedom that we ride for/ It's the freedom that we die for/ C-U-B-A/ Hope to see you free one day," he raps of the communist country.

Pitbull ends his rap with a message of support to Jay-Z, whose trip, though licensed by the U.S. Treasury, caused uproar among members of the GOP: "Question of the night, would they have mess with Mr. Carter if he was white?/Hm, rhyme with treasury/When way another in Cuba is where they'll bury me/Happy 5th year anniversary, Jay and B don't worry it's on me"

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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