There’s been a lot of hooha lately about Jay-Z and Beyonce going to Cuba together to celebrate their anniversary this year. Due to an embargo fifty-one years strong, American citizens are prohibited from traveling to Cuba solely for the purpose of tourism. It’s against the law, but if you reeeeally want to do it, you can get a ‘cultural exchange license’ that makes it allowable, or be of Cuban decent to visit any family that hasn’t rafted away from the country. Not surprisingly, there’s been a lot of public backlash from people who are angry that they chose to flout the law and go down there, but this is Jay and Bey we’re talking about and it sounds like Jay-Z wasn’t super into the media commentary, because he’s found a way to avoid it completely. According to an ‘insider’:
“Jay’s been looking for a private island for the family. He wants to turn it into his own Necker Island like Richard Branson. He’s getting it partly to mark their fifth wedding anniversary but also, with Bey back in the spotlight, it’s getting impossible for them to do normal things such as go to the beach with Blue. A private island means they’ll be able to have quality time with minimum staff and security.”
I mean yeah. That’ll do it. Don’t like the media spotlight? Buy your own goddamn island with no embargo. I’d like to try that out myself, but I don’t have the $2 million lying around that it will reportedly cost (yet).
And guess how much Jay-Z cares what you think about his recent trip to Cuba for his and Beyonce’s Anniversary? Approximately zero percent. I say ‘approximately’, because he does care a little bit — just enough to write a track about it letting us all know that we’re idiots. It’s called ‘Open Letter’, and it’s produced with Timbaland and Swizz Beatz. By the way, how awesome would it be if every time you had a beef with someone, you could just reach into your arsenal of heavy-hitting names in the rap world and make a response track? The tracks not half bad, but Jay doesn’t have much to prove to anyone, anyway, but he always finds a way to rap about it and remind us.