Jay-Z: ‘Open Letter’ New Song (Audio, Lyrics)


Listen to ‘Open Letter,’ the new song Jay-Z released on April 11, 2013. The lyrics address such topics as the controversy over the trip to Cuba he and Beyonce took, the rumors regarding his stake in the Brooklyn Nets and more. Hear the song, find out about its hard-hitting lyrics below after the jump.

Listen to the audio stream above. The new song, produced by Timbaland and Swizz Beatz, had its premiere during his appearance on New York City radio station Hot 97 and is posted on his Web site, Life and Times.

Rap-Up.com has the story of how the song came about:

Swizz explained how the collaboration came together. “[Beyoncé] came in the studio and Just Blaze came in the studio and this thing just extended to another level,” he told Hot 97. “The whole thing started with me making a track in Jay’s office, and it just led to ‘Open Letter’ and people learning about things today.”

‘Open Letter’ has drawn much attention for its provocative lyrics addressing the controversies, such as the Nets and his new sports agency — “Hear the freedom in my speech/ Got an onion from Universal, read it and weep/ Could’ve bought the Nets to Brooklyn for free….” — and the reaction of some members of Congress to the trip to Havana, Cuba — “Politician never did sh-t for me/except lie to me, distort history/Wanna give me jail time and a fine/Fine, lemme commit a real crime” You can see all of the lyrics (explicit) here.

Watch a video report below on the controversy.

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Photo credit: Joella Marano (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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Jay-Z: ‘Open Letter’ New Song (Audio, Lyrics) on Cuba, Brooklyn Nets, other Controversies

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