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: