Jay-Z vs. Jay-C: White House Dismisses Rapper's Cuba Song

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FILE - This April 4, 2013 file photo shows married musicians Beyonce, left, and rapper Jay-Z as they tour Old Havana, Cuba. Jay-Z is addressing his recent trip to Cuba in a new song. The rapper released “Open Letter” Thursday, April 11, after two Florida Republicans questioned if the rapper’s visit to Havana with wife Beyonce was officially licensed.  (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, file)
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FILE - This April 4, 2013 file photo shows married musicians Beyonce, left, and rapper Jay-Z as they tour Old Havana, Cuba. Jay-Z is addressing his recent trip to Cuba in a new song. The rapper released “Open Letter” Thursday, April 11, after two Florida Republicans questioned if the rapper’s visit to Havana with wife Beyonce was officially licensed. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, file)

Rapper Jay-Z's latest track is getting poor reviews from the White House.

In the song, entitled "Open Letter," Jay-Z brags that he "got White House clearance" for his recent controversial trip to Cuba with wife Beyonce.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today denied the White House had any involvement with their trip, saying the Treasury Department handles all clearances for travel to Cuba.

"I guess nothing rhymes with Treasury," Carney joked.

In the song, Jay-Z also recounts a conversation he had with President Obama about his trip. "Obama said, 'Chill, you, gonna get me impeached… We don't need this s-t anyway, chill with me on the beach," he raps in the nearly three-minute song.

Carney dismissed the claim. "It's a song," he said. "The president did not communicate with Jay-Z over this trip."

"I am absolutely saying that the White House, from the president on down, had nothing to do with anybody's personal - anybody's travel to Cuba. That is something that Treasury handles," he said.

Jay-Z and Beyonce's trip to Havana was government-sanctioned and allowed through a licensed program that encourages "meaningful contacts" with Cubans.

According to the new song, they "turned Havana into Atlanta" with "Guayabera shirts and bandanas," Jay-Z raps.

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