Pitbull defends Jay-Z, Beyonce trip to Cuba

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) was one of several members of Congress to criticize the trip, which prompted a response from Jay-Z (who was born Shawn Carter) in a track titled “Open Letter.” The song fired back at politicians who had questioned the legality of his travels with his wife.

In a Sunday interview on ABC, Rubio, a devoted fan of rap music, slammed the entertainer, saying, “I think Jay-Z needs to get informed.”

On Monday, Pitbull — the son of Cuban parents — rapped his feelings in his own “Open Letter,” saying, “Politicians love to hate you / But then they run away when it's time to debate you / Question of the night / Would they have messed with Mr. Carter if he was white?"

The song continues with the lyrics, “C-U-B-A — hope to see you free one day/Happy fifth anniversary don’t worry Jay and Bey it’s on me.”

The response from Pitbull seems to bring the brouhaha full circle. Before the Jay-Z dustup, Rubio had busted Pitbull’s musical chops in comparison with other artists such as Eminem and Tupac Shakur, telling ITK of the “Don’t Stop the Party” rapper: “His songs are all party songs. There’s no message for him… But look, there’s always been a role for that in American music.”