Pitbull has released a track of his own in response to Jay-Z’s open letter about his controversial trip to Cuba. (Photos/Getty Images)

Pitbull releases “open letter” rap response to Jay-Z, Beyonce Cuba trip

He raps about representing Miami’s Cuban community and in a new track released Sunday, Pitbull chimed in about Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s controversial trip to Cuba, singing lyrics that shed some light on the tumultuous history between the island nation and the United States.

“It’s the freedom that we rap for,” Pitbull sings in the “open letter” track posted online. “It’s the freedom that we die for. C-U-B-A, hope to see you free one day.”

Pitbull also makes reference to Cubans as the “Jews of the Caribbean,” raps about the return of 7-year-old Elián González to Cuba in 2000 and even touches on the Operación Pedro Pan, Bay of Pigs and Fidel Castro’s dictatorship, rapping, “Don’t agree with the chain Castro talk, but it’s hard to understand unless they educate you.”

And to make it clear, Pitbull is squarely on Jay-Z’s side, even bringing race relations up when rapping about the scrutiny by the public, politicians and media surrounding the rapper’s trip to Cuba.

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“Politicians love to hate you, but then they run away when it’s time to debate you,” rapped Pitbull about Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Corey Carter. “Question of the night, would they have messed with Mr. Carter if he was white?”

The track  follows Jay-Z’s open letter track released last Thursday. In the three-minute track, Jay-Z raps about the trip (“I done turned Havana to Atlanta, Guayabera shirts and bandanas”) and sings that he did in fact, receive permission to travel to the island (“Boy from the hood but got White House clearance”).

Travel to Cuba is currently closed to American tourists as part of the U.S. trade embargo on the island unless sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department as an educational or cultural trip. The Treasury Department confirmed last Tuesday that the vacation taken by Jay-Z and Beyoncé – publicized as a 5th year wedding anniversary trip – was approved as a “cultural exchange visit,” but even so, politicians added their voices to the controversy.

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Arizona senator Jeff Flake – a member of the Gang of Eighttweeted that travel to Cuba is an American right and Florida senator Marco Rubio issued a statement requesting that the Obama Administration “explain exactly how trips like these comply with U.S. law and regulations governing travel to Cuba.” But it looks like Rubio – who famously declared rapper Lil Wayne nowhere near Tupac as a musical legend – may now be in agreement with Pitbull’s perspective on the matter, retweeting the rapper’s track Sunday evening.

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