Sunday, April 14, 2013

​Remy: Jay-Z's Cuba State of Mind

Published on Apr 12, 2013
‘Boy from the hood, I got White House clearance,’ says rap impresario Jay-Z in his newest song, "Open Letter," in which he defends his recent vacation to Cuba.

The trip, which he made with his wife Beyonce, is the most controversial celebrity junket at least since former basketball star Dennis Rodman shuffled off to Pyongyang to shoot hoops with Kim Jong Un. Jay-Z says that the Obama administration helped arrange the trip, an assertion that White House spokesman Jay Carney has denied. (For more on Jay-Z's response to the controversy, go here.)

Whatevs. In his latest video for Reason TV, Remy wonders why Jay-Z was chilling in a country that has imprisoned rappers such as Angel Remon Arzuaga and members of the punk band Porno para Ricardo….

“Jay- Zhé
‘I'm like Che Guevara with bling on, I'm complex,’ says Jay-Z and he is right. Che Guevara, who was a much simpler man, would have loved Jay-Z; that is, he would have loved to put a bullet in his head. Out of anticipated envy, of course. Because he would have imagined himself replaced by the rapper in the minds of Cuban children. ‘Pioneers for capitalism, we will be like Jay-Z,’ the kids would chant enthusiastically in school, imagining themselves as millionaires and having Beyonce as their mate. But no, the complex and profound rapper prefers to view himself as Che. With bling-bling….”
Indeed I have had several discussions with those smart enough to know better and we all conclude that Guevara would have put a bullet through Jay Z's head probably by the time he was 16 and with a huge smile on his face. 

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