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Remy: Jay-Z’s Cuba State of Mind

posted at 7:44 am on April 13, 2013 by

A brief but indispensable entry from Remy and Reason, once again in the classic form of a response song to Jay-Z’s defense of his tour of Cuba earlier this month:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=yfYCsyIMeMQ

Boy from the hood, I got White House clearance,” says rap impresario Jay-Z in his newest song, “Open Letter,” in which he defends his recent vacation to Cuba.

The trip, which he made with his wife Beyonce, is the most controversial celebrity junket at least since former basketball star shuffled off to Pyongyang to shoot hoops with Kim Jong Un. Jay-Z says that the Obama administration helped arrange the trip, an assertion that White House spokesman Jay Carney has denied. (For more on Jay-Z’s response to the controversy, go here.)

Whatevs. In his latest video for Reason TV, Remy wonders why Jay-Z was chilling in a country that has imprisoned rappers such as Angel Remon Arzuaga and members of the punk band Porno para Ricardo.

Can millions of deluded Westerners wearing Che’s face on their clothing and purses be wrong? Er … yeah.

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Sean Penn loves Venezuela.
Dennis Rodman loves N Korea.
Now Jay-Z & Beyonce love Cuba.

Mugabe wants some love, so he’s inviting Brad Pitt to Zimbabwe.

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Remy’s the bomb! I love all his YouTube stuff!
On his videos, the jokes come so fast you have to listen a few times to get them all!

itsnotaboutme on April 13, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Useful idiots.

TimBuk3 on April 13, 2013 at 11:27 AM

From the YouTube comments:

The cost of Queen Beyoncé’s regal hairdo could have fed a Cuban family of ten for a month.

Tell Jay-Z that Che Guevara was a racist and murderer…but then again, maybe he’s okay with that.

itsnotaboutme on April 13, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Che would have shot Jay-z in the head. Progress.

tom daschle concerned on April 13, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Useful idiots.

TimBuk3 on April 13, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Well, you’re half right.

I think you know which half.

S. D. on April 14, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Whatevs. In his latest video for Reason TV, Remy wonders why Jay-Z was chilling in a country that has imprisoned rappers such as Angel Remon Arzuaga and members of the punk band Porno para Ricardo.

Simple answer: this is about building “Cred” in an culture where “Bigger & Better Bling” is the norm.

To give J-Z some semblance of a fig leaf of cover; he is an awfully naive wanna-be player in the upper stratosphere of political power-play…that he doesn’t realize that he can be used as a tool to further a political cause probably didn’t even register for him.

At the least for his sake (and his new family) he should consider that if Cuba is such a great flipping country; why was is so easy for him to leave on a plane, while others have to leave (read: escape) via shark-infested waters to the United States…

Not Mexico…not Venezuela…the United States.

Now, rap about that, Shawn.

BlaxPac on April 15, 2013 at 12:55 AM