Jay-Z's new song "Open Letter," a response to criticism of his recent trip to Cuba, has racked up nearly 500,000 listens - and a response from the White House.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney denied that President Obama gave Jay-Z and Beyonce their clearance for the trip, as the song implies.
Jay-Z's "Open Letter" lyrics in question:
“I turned Havana into Atlanta / Boy from the hood / I got White House clearance Obama said, 'Chill you gonna get me impeached / You don’t need this shit anyway, chill with me on the beach.'"
Asked of Obama indeed gave him clearance, Carney said:
"I guess nothing rhymes with Treasury... because Treasury offers and gives licenses for travel, as you know, and the White House has nothing to do with it."
"I am absolutely saying that the White House from the President on down had nothing to do with anyone's travel to Cuba that is something that Treasury handles."
"It's a song. The President did not communicate with Jay-Z over this trip."
He makes a valid point ... what does rhyme with Treasury?!
It's unclear how Jay-Z and Beyonce got their clearance to visit the normally embargoed nation, but the funny part is that the lyric actually was believable.
The couple is friends with Obama, after all.