“I done turned Havana to Atlanta,” Jay-Z raps in brand new song “Open Letter,” which was released today (April 11). It’s a ballsy line that has him thumbing his nose at lawmakers who raised a ruckus about Hova’s trip to Cuba last week with his wife, Beyonce, for their anniversary. More incendiary rhymes come later in the song: “Politicians never did shit for me, except lie to me, distort history.”
Well, let’s hope Jay’s pal Barack Obama is too busy balancing the national budget and staving off threats from North Korea to give this one a listen. You, on the other hand, are more than welcome to give “Open Letter” a spin below.
Jay-Z — “Open Letter”
Jay-Z turned up recently on Justin Timberlake‘s comeback smash “Suit & Tie,” and, in 2011, he released Watch The Throne, a pair-up album with Kanye West. But “Open Letter” marks somewhat of a solo return for the New York rapper, whose last LP proper, The Blueprint 3, arrived nearly four years ago.
The song, produced by Swizz Beatz and recent Roc Nation signee Timbaland, comes in at just over two-minutes-and-30-seconds. Still, this short-and-sweet number does what Jay clearly meant for it to do: assert the fact that, while he’s been away for a minute, “the Bob Dylan of rap music” still has the chops to maintain the position of boss.