April 11th, 2013
09:35 AM ET

Jay-Z pens 'Open Letter' to Cuba trip critics

Do not annoy Jay-Z.

The rapper has recorded a song that appears to take on those who criticized his recent trip to Cuba with wife Beyoncé.

Hip-hop site Global Grind reported that Jay-Z recorded "Open Letter" Wednesday night after seeing that their visit was the lead story on CNN.com.

The couple ventured to Cuba for their fifth wedding anniversary in a trip that the United States Treasury Department says was sanctioned.

But it's clear the superstar rapper has taken umbrage at all of the attention and controversy surrounding the jaunt to the communist country, which is currently under a U.S. travel embargo. The tune includes the lyrics, "Obama said, 'chill you gon' get me impeached. You don't need this s**t anyway. Chill with me on the beach.'"

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Jay-Z also addresses his reported plan to sell his shares in the Nets basketball team in order to allow his new sports agency to actively recruit ball player clients.

"Would've brought the Nets to Brooklyn for free," he raps.  "Except I made millions off you f***ing dweeb. I still own the building. I'm still keeping my seats. Y'all buy that bulls*** y'all better keep y'all receipts."

Listen to the song here:

The story on Global Grind (which is headed by rap impresario Russell Simmons) also contains photos of the rap superstar in the studio with hip-hop producers Swizz Beatz and Timbaland, who are believed to have worked on the track.


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  1. traveleam

    Good post. We've posted a similar Cuba profile here: http://traveleam.ca/cuba-vacations-for-canadians/

    September 20, 2013 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. the world is under new management--yes i do recall hearing that

    its a song silly don't take it too heart.

    May 19, 2013 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ZeekTheFreak

    Did anyone notice the reference he made to the New World Order at the end of his song? Or am i just lost it... he said the "World Is Under New Management...The New Role Model..." sounds kind like he refered to the False Idol and World Order...just sayin. :/

    May 19, 2013 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Just_Me

    Jay-Z and Beyoncé are Americans. They go and do as they please. The "servants" in the U.S. Government have no business telling their "BOSSES" what they can or cannot do.

    April 25, 2013 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
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    April 24, 2013 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
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    April 24, 2013 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jon

    How did the treasury dept sanction it? Who was bribed I hope OIG rips them apart. Tired of the rich skirting the law.

    April 16, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • creek

      the treasury dept is the division of our government that approves or denies permits to travel to cuba. the travel embargo's only restriction is that the u.s. doesn't want money spent in cuba. and because it deals with currency restrictions, it's under the treasury depts jurisdiction.

      April 17, 2013 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  8. Sara

    I HATE THESE TWO!!! THEY ARE SO SELF-ABSORBED AND DISGUSTING HUMAN BEINGS. THEY HAD NO BUSINESS GOING TO CUBA AND THEY SHOULD BE PROSECUTED FOR IT; ANY OTHER "NORMAL" PERSON NOT SUCKING OBAMA'S *ICK WOULD HAVE BEEN. SICKENING

    April 15, 2013 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • creek

      there's a travel embargo but it's nothing worth being prosecuted over it. the only restriction from the u.s. is not to spend money in cuba. cuba itself doesn't restrict u.s. travelers. i've been twice. no american air carrier will fly there because of the embargo but you can get there from other countries. you can get in and out without the u.s. ever knowing. and really, who cares?

      April 17, 2013 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  9. Beyonce Tour

    Hello. I agree. Looking forward to going to her next concert. Beyonce Tour http://www.ecitytickets.com/Beyonce-Tickets

    April 14, 2013 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. may lean

    her behavior is no longer relevant too anyone anymore...

    April 13, 2013 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mariah (i)

    is a lady and also supports her younger man.....even with age difference they seem to work fine....Niikki has issues
    and hopefully can resolve them-yay Mariah (i)

    April 13, 2013 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. None Issue

    Beyonce is well connected and gets another....who cares

    April 13, 2013 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. MI agrees with Beyonce

    in a relationship it is important that my man is proud of me and i make sure i do the best i can too achieve that.

    April 13, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Beyonce is not going too worry about jealous bimbos

    when she has board members talking too her about new gigs in her own town....

    April 13, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. co-host of charity hobo...

    beyonce is much more popular with people not through a tool

    April 13, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Way More Popular Everywhere....

    More job offers pouring in...people, projects–beyonce just has what it takes too make her man look good
    board members calling her for new gigs...

    she's amazing...

    April 13, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Way More Popular Everywhere....

    More job offers pouring in...people, projects–beyonce just has what it takes too make her man look good...M

    April 13, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Separate Lives---

    not jayz and beyonce....another solid couple in hollywood....all the best

    April 13, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  19. The One

    Why so much hate?

    They are only entertainers, not your kids school teachers. The people that hate them have never supported them so why do they care. Meg Gibson cursed out Jews, Adam Lanza killed a bunch of kids in Newton yet only blacks can do wrong. Maybe its in these people nature to demean any race but white.

    April 12, 2013 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  20. clarke

    So they went to Cuba! What is the big problem, let it go.

    April 12, 2013 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      The problem is, it is illegal to go to Cuba....and sombody should have told Jay-Z, they are extremely racist in Cuba!

      April 13, 2013 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • ben

      @Mary people are racist everywhere. Whats the difference between what is done in Cuba in China ? Why are americans allowed to go to China and not Cuba?

      April 17, 2013 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  21. HO BILLS..

    DON'T KNOW THE WOMAN DON'T CARE....I HAVE TOO REMEMBER TOO TELL MYSELF EVERY SINGLE DAY...

    ITS JUST A HO MARINA....ITS JUST A HO MARINA-GOOD LUCK

    April 12, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  22. CNN THANK YOU WE'RE DONE...

    BULLS....BILL HER ON ONLY WHAT SHE SPECIFICALLY DID TOO ME DIRECTLY...I DON'T KNOW WHO THE HO IS -THANKS....SHE HAS PICKED ME AS HER ENEMY AND WE WON'T TOLERATE IT ANYMORE..

    WHATEVER SHE SPEFICIALLY DID TOO ME...JUST BILL HER...THANKS

    April 12, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beyonce and her millions wigs and fake eyelashes...

      maybe she is trying to sell her wigs in Cuba. They don't need fake things there, the women are natural beauties.

      April 12, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  23. illegal from head to toe---

    its a filthy female ho with her filthy female click......

    April 12, 2013 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • give Beyonce and Jay-Z a one way ticket to CUBA..

      this two idiots think they are above the law. Shame on both of them, no talented, ugly people

      April 12, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  24. TOSHIBA VACATION---

    WE HAVE EVERYTHING WE NEED - I RUN THE F-CKING SHOW TODAY...

    April 12, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  25. ROUTER HO

    LET'S THAT HAPPENED RIGHT AFTER TOSHIBA VACATION

    April 12, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  26. NO DEAR...EVERYONE IS HERE...

    AND WE'RE ON YOU HP $ I30 GIRLS

    April 12, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  27. joanna and marina

    see u at kool....

    April 12, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Hawkeye2020

    They didn't see the "REAL' Cuban because Castro would not permit that. Jay Z & Beyonce were used as political "Tools" and don't evn know it.

    April 12, 2013 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • mrsoulo

      How do u know what Jay-z and Beyonce saw or didn't see? Were u there?? Have u ever been to Cuba? Do u know anything about Cuba that your government bullies didn't tell u?

      American are supposed to be free people and last time i checked free people should be able to travel wherever they want to.

      April 12, 2013 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Crockofit

    Interesting that we Americans can not go to Cuba yet our government can operate a base there.
    If I understand correctly, our government does not want us to spend OUR money there which would somehow support the Cuban government.
    So how much of OUR money is the US government spending to lease GTMO?
    Or does Cuba just let them stay there for free?

    April 12, 2013 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  30. POOKIE THE D

    Jay Z took over management of Beyonce's career and is currently in the process of wrecking it

    See "The Beyonce Problem" at http://www.pookiethedestroyer.com

    April 12, 2013 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  31. ReadyOwens

    Jay-Z has NO talent??? LMAO!!! I would love for someone to point another person that came from NOTHING to being worth half a billion dollars. You have people that started off with 50 million of their fathers or families money and still can't turn that into half a man lol. If Jay-Z doesn't have talent then no one does.

    April 12, 2013 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  32. HOW COME YOUR IN MY HOUSE I CANNOT SEE YOUR

    -

    April 12, 2013 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  33. WOMEN AGAINST A HO

    we are going too share my experience with everyone dang person i know.

    April 12, 2013 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  34. Marilyn Dalton

    Only in American can a person sell drugs, make money, and then hang out with the President!

    April 12, 2013 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
    • JV

      Only during an Obama adminstration. Thats should speak volumes.

      April 12, 2013 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Education

      lol, only in America can a person sell drugs, make money and chill with the President? That's right, because there definitely aren't countries where you can sell drugs, make money and then BECOME the President.

      April 12, 2013 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • mrsoulo

      Yep, all started with Reagan and Senior Bush. Just google "Iran-Contra" and read.

      April 12, 2013 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ian Monam

      Only in America, can a man sell drugs while in college, 'W', and then become president.

      April 12, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Stephane Mallarme

    It is illegal to enter a land that way. This is the most talked hollywood celebrity news I think.

    April 12, 2013 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
  36. Luci

    Dont know what all the fuss is about. If they can visit Cuba or wherever else they choose to go good for them.

    April 12, 2013 at 5:04 am | Report abuse |
  37. Javier

    MANY of you dont seem to understand the problem......

    It is ILLEGAL to travel to Cuba with exceptions....
    Jze/Bey seem to be there on VACATION ,which is illegal
    many Cubans are poor and beyonce is prancing around as a Carribean Queen.....

    April 12, 2013 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
    • mrsoulo

      Javier, there are poor people all over the world including in the USA....so what's your point?

      April 12, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kris

      Javier what you and everyone else that obviously didn't read the article fail to understand was that this trip was sanctioned, and in no way illegal

      April 15, 2013 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  38. subzero05

    The whole embargo makes little to no sense. America is no saint, and has also oppressed their own people at one point

    April 11, 2013 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • GrassMudHorse

      Americans travel to China by the hundreds of thousands every year, by the thousands to Vietnam, and work in the hundreds in the even less free nation of Saudi Arabia, BUT CANNOT go to Cuba? WHy? Because Cuban American virulent anti-Cuban communist government people live in a swing state called Florida.

      April 12, 2013 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  39. j crew

    Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart
    are cuban refugees who were not born in the united states .
    how dare them question the travels of american born .
    go back to your country
    we are tired of your meddeling

    April 11, 2013 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Frank

    How can I get special treatment from the white house? Thing is, I don't have $500,000 to spot Obama for access to the president.

    April 11, 2013 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Brother ....

    beyonce (photo above) looks great in the picture

    April 11, 2013 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Glenn

    The reason all of the Republican Congress in the Miami-Dade county are so ticked off and condemning them is for two reasons and for two reasons only. The politics of the "wef/foot-dry/foot policy" and the "Cuban Adjustment Act". Just google them and think about it.

    April 11, 2013 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Beyonce and Jay Z are not ho's

    they are professionals in the business...

    April 11, 2013 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      A couple of punk as* wannabe's between the two of them they have as much talent as a rock. Only tone deaf hoe's and wanna be gangsters, and wiggers listen to that crap.

      April 12, 2013 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  44. Free Man in the Republic of Texas

    WE all know...
    That COMMUNISM is the best form of government !!!
    Just ask "MY" good homi Obama !!!

    April 11, 2013 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Bush

      You don't even know what communism or socialism mean, you are just an inbred loser.

      April 11, 2013 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • mrsoulo

      And your good buddy Junior Bush's "Patriot Act" is soooo perfect in protecting Americans' personal freedoms huh?

      April 12, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Jay-ZAndBeyonce___R___Us

    Beyonce and Jay-Z are beautiful couple with a eaitiful child.

    They are beyond perfection and kust ooze beauty and grace <3

    April 11, 2013 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike Tyson

      LOL
      Jay is the ugliest thing ever born to a human. Beyonce is semi-retarded and hates that she is black, look at her brand new pencil thin nose.
      They have the grace of anal warts.

      April 11, 2013 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hova's Bunghole

      Pffffffffft. Brrrrrapppppppppp. Squeeeeee. Hi folks. JZ's sphincter here. Ok, so I'm a hypocrite who likes to glorify my past and make bazillions off of everyone. But why so much hate? I smell just as bad as all of you. If you eat, do I not excrete? Please, quit judging me. But if you need a true hip hop role model, hit up KRS-One and Nas and leave me to my hubris.

      April 12, 2013 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  46. momzna

    This whole embargo thing is nothing more than an old grudge. It's a relic of the cold war. I watched the statement by the Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and I wanted to ask her just one question: why the long face? It's not like three little Cuban piglets were dancing in the meadow and the big angry wolf Castro barged in and ate them. The reason he came to power was that Cuba was treated as an American brothel, a place where mafia would go to wash it's ill-gotten proceeds (a sort of Cayman Islands, so to speak). I can't blame people who want to do better than having a casino as a backbone of their national economy. Blame Frank Sinatra's mafia pals, if you wish.

    There is no argument that great injustice was done by the Castro's regime to many honest Cubans. But they allowed that rotten Batista's regime to exist and in the end they paid the price for their acquiescence. It's a soft version of the fate of German civilians who died in the allied bombing campaigns. I think that calling Castro a "dictator" is an exaggeration. US supported death squads shooting people in the streets of Salvador and Guatemala in the name of freedom and democracy, – that's dictatorship. Kicking out some dissidents who don't know when to shut up, – that hardly justifies and act of war, which is what the embargo amounts to. And to say that it's targeting the regime rather than the people is akin to saying the same thing about carpet-bombing cities in the WW-2.

    What is the end game of the embargo's supporters? How do they envision a "free" Cuba? I can tell you how it played out in Russia. That country was ruled by criminal gangs for the whole decade of the 1990-s, while the west was admiring "Gorbi" and democracy. By engaging Cuba we can foster development of a new society in that country. Castro is not immortal. Don't you want good people rather than a bunch of crooks to take over?

    I think that those inquisitive Reps should be ashamed of their shallow vision. Jay-Z has nothing to be ashamed of.

    April 11, 2013 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Market1964

      Thank you momzna!

      April 12, 2013 at 3:41 am | Report abuse |
    • adrianne

      I went to Cuba about 5 years ago with a group of 7 other US Citizens. I loved my short time there. When shopping for cosmetics which aCuban friend had told me could be given as small tokens of appreciation, I told the saleslady why i was purchasing so many lipsticks and nail polish-es, and foundations of every hue and tint. She said, "i don't uderstand why Americans have such a grudge against Cuba." I explained the/reminded her about the cold war nd how we didn't like their government because they were Communists. I also said that we have many Americans of Cuban descent who ask our government to keep up the pressure on the Cuban government because the current leader was responsible for them losing much of their land and wealth. She said, "Oh yeah. I remember some of that now." And then went on to ask, "But tell me why we let China own so much of the country, why it's OK for us to buy their goods and we hear how those goods are manufactured there so cheap and Americans lost their jobs. We trade and visit China all day everyday and its not a problem. I still don't get it." I thought, Me neither. I thanked her silently for a lesson in common sense!

      April 12, 2013 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Out She Goes Meeting in 1/2 hour--other lines

    -

    April 11, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  48. mike tyson

    Jay z seems a little bit arrogant.

    April 11, 2013 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      ya its really arrogant to respond to an attack by the media and the republicans when the treasury department has already confirmed that they were allowed to go.

      April 11, 2013 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Jill

    I kinda wish they would have stayed there myself.

    April 11, 2013 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  50. David E.

    Why isn't anyone mad of Denis Rothman? He went to North Korea, a communist country about to engage in a nuclear war with the US. He pomps around internationally his friendhip with the dictator.

    April 11, 2013 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  51. illegal invasion of privacy by ho's is not happening...thanks

    -

    April 11, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Karen's mother's phone----

    beyonce is not our kind...

    April 11, 2013 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Shalom!!!!

    there.

    April 11, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Cut off as soon as we can...thanks

    -

    April 11, 2013 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  55. The dude

    Rapping is just some no talent talking into a microphone do you understand?

    April 11, 2013 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • GMoney

      That may be the case but it's not preventing people from becoming millionaires. Besides, if it was really that bad of a musical art form, then why are millions upon millions of people buying the music and why is it taking off all over the world including the Middle East and Far East? Don't hate brother/sister, don't hate.

      April 11, 2013 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • ReadyOwens

      LMAO!!! The things white people say.

      April 12, 2013 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  56. OVER 40 PICS...TIME TOO GO GHOST

    BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWAAAAAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAAAAA

    April 11, 2013 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  57. sara

    HOVAAAA!!!!! Chek "EM"...............like It!!!! I see some still Don't want to LEARN!!!! LLCool J and Brad Paisley have a HOT one out too! Check it out!! There's nothing constant but Change. People and world is Changing!!!

    April 11, 2013 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Cousin in law po

    i would believe this 1 star-baaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    April 11, 2013 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  59. IAB Reposted

    IAB

    mare1 thank you for stating again what I posted about an hour ago. I am in my eighties, I remember everything. I wish posters would do more fact checking, would do research instead of believing everything they hear. The ppl who post really tell you a lot about who, what, they are. It's ok to have an opinion but please show you have some self esteem, education, breeding and class. If the 2% in the US had their way we would be a 3rd world country or just like it was in Cuba when Batista was the president. .

    Thank you for educating the posters.

    April 11, 2013 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Just in case somebody can read & understand English

    Try using google

    This is for you dummies that think the President let them personally go to Cuba. Many Americans have been there. This is what the rules stipulate for travel to Cuba, which ANY American can do with proper permission:

    It is our understanding that the travelers in question traveled to Cuba pursuant to an educational exchange trip organized by a group authorized by OFAC [the Office of Foreign Assets Control] to sponsor and organize programs to promote people-to-people contact in Cuba,” the letter read.Due to the U.S. government's travel embargo with Cuba, Americans are prohibited from visiting the communist country for tourism. U.S. citizens can apply for licenses to go anyway, provided they show substantial proof they intend to visit for specific reasons, such as for business or education. And they must also provide a detailed itinerary.

    April 11, 2013 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Jandy

    see u around...baaaaaaaaaa

    April 11, 2013 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Myron Pitts

    This song is pretty tight. I thought Jigga's best days were behind him. Thank you, haters for causing this outburst. Beat is nice.

    I notice he brought up the Chinese contradiction. Why are they OK, and not Cuba, to do business with? Well we know why.

    April 11, 2013 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • playereliminator

      This song just like everything he does is WACK, the beat is slow and dead, no inspired samples or harmony, J has no delivery, his punchlines are for playschool children, always has been always will, Always tried to be like Big L with his rhyme style and failed miserably, only people that buy his trash are morons and sheep. Try listening to some Jedi Mind tricks if you want to hear fire, Try listening to Immortal Technique if you want REAL education and lyricism! DUMMY

      April 11, 2013 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  63. The song is the overheard conversations....

    say bye to the neighborhood...haaaaaaaa

    April 11, 2013 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  64. kris

    I don't know whose ego is bigger, Jay-Z or Beyonce. Both are having love affairs with themselves and it never surprises me that these two think they're above the law and that social norms and regulations don't apply to them. No shock they love Obama, these two are clueless when it comes to politics. There are travel restrictions on Cuba for a reason. Maybe they went there to see what the USA will be like in ten years, who knows. Don't expect them to own up to anything.

    April 11, 2013 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Overheard Conversations

    bye mega.

    April 11, 2013 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Paul

    Why do we have an embargo with Cuba? We can travel anywhere in the world, including in places with other nasty dictators (remember Dennis Rodman trip to North Korea). We do business with every country, including China, Saudi Arabia and so on and so forth. Can these politicians from Florida tell me how consistent their policies are: do they make sure that nothing they do and noone they interact with has violated human rights anywhere? If they do, then I will have some respect for them. However, if they choose to only be selective in their criticism, then they are just defending an indefensible policy. Besides, why should we continue to punish ordinary Cubans with this policy. They have not chosen their government, they cannot do anything about it. We should engage with Cuba and Cubans and stop this absurd policy that has achieved absolutely nothing in 50 years!

    April 11, 2013 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Glenn s.

      Geeze, it sounds like you are making too much sense. It is because of the Cuban/Exiles in Miami. And the Republicans is South Florida want their vote so they will do what they have to to get their vote. Many other people are making the same argument but it get squashed out by the South Florida politicians. So it is politics as usual.

      April 11, 2013 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • S.

      no political game.....its over

      April 11, 2013 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Sofaking

    Turd Brain!

    April 11, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Chollaberry

    Rich folk have been going to Cuba for years, legal or not. Yawn.

    April 11, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  69. epluribus2

    He's new name should be 'Joputa-Z

    April 11, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  70. S.

    Take care ghost....baaaaaawaaaaaaaaaahoooooooooo

    April 11, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  71. We are total and undivided jay z fans..

    everyone can't wait too see him....yes

    April 11, 2013 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Yea but your on the phone...and going

    baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    April 11, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Jlsppw

    Jay-Z can go to the f'n moon if he wants to... WHO GIVES A FLIPPIN' FLYING, PHUCK! The American Media is such a cesspool of losers... What a joke.

    April 11, 2013 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  74. danita

    This is just an angry ignorant man with money... Bunch of welfare folks wasting money on this man with no talent other than to tell how sorry his life was growing up, and they worry about people like Romney... This drug dealing thug is a part of the gang banging neighborhoods and will never change no matter how much money he has... Janet Jackson show Ms. Carter how to dance please...

    April 11, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • shelli

      danita, you could only wish to have jay z's money or be able to dance close to beyonce.. why do you even care?

      April 11, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Madonna

    Jay-Z is so eloquent. What a bunch of bull fecal matter. What's worse is that people buy this crap.

    April 11, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  76. rap used to mean something

    "Obama said, 'chill you gon' get me impeached. You don't need this s**t anyway. Chill with me on the beach.'" Well, who could argue that logic

    April 11, 2013 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  77. nukindaflava

    Rap is a world wide billion dollar industry. People are just mad cos the hair metal band dont sell..

    April 11, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fr33th1nk3r

      The biggest problem with rap and what it did wrong to the music industry?

      Music is NOT an INDUSTRY– it is supposed to be an ARTFORM. Rappers are more worried about their "image" than making memorable, timeless music. That is why their "music" is nothing but a retard bragging about his crimes superimposed over a synthesized beat.

      April 11, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fr33th1nk3r

      And by the way, NUKINDAFLAVA– the most popular American musician– by the numbers– is GARTH BROOKS.

      April 11, 2013 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kelly

      Amen to that it is hilarious watching these white devils get so mad, especially since a black men has been successfully re-elected into office.

      April 11, 2013 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • jzaks

      To Kelly: He be half black. At least he was until elected, then you peoples of color decided he was a black man. Before that he was not quite black enough.

      April 11, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • California--take care beyonce..

      hahahahahahahaa

      April 11, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Bush

      No yu bees madz becuz yu be a dum chimp! I wot it in yo langwage

      April 11, 2013 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Jay-Z Fan

    But, after all your anger and fervor, Jay and Beyonce came and went and there's nothing you can do about it. For a bunch of free people to be mad because another free person got to go somewhere that you probably don't even want to go is embarassing. But, no one has to answer to you. He's Already Home........

    "And really the fact is, we not in the same bracket
    Not in the same league
    Don't shoot at the same baskets
    Don't pay the same taxes
    Hang with the same b!%$#s
    So how am I in the way,
    What is it I'm missing?"

    April 11, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fr33th1nk3r

      SIMPLE ANSWER: Because Americans are not supposed to be allowed to go to Cuba. Next stupid question from a stupid man.

      April 11, 2013 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stank J

      Jay-Z sucks at rhyming. Just sayin.

      April 11, 2013 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Fr33th1nk3r

    Wow. 'Dem be some real lyrics– can't C me!"

    RAP = GARBAGE

    April 11, 2013 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  80. El Disgusto

    I'm glad I got to see Beyonce's beehive. Next I want to see her berries, and then her bush.

    April 11, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  81. davecu

    Want a little cheese with that whine? Geez!!!

    April 11, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Laura

    Thank you Jay-Z. You got a new fan today

    April 11, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  83. nukindaflava

    It's ashame to read the nonsense and negative post about Jay Z. The man has made his money with talent. Yes he has talent. Those haters who bashes Jay Z, think about it. It takes talent to sell music your kids buy with your money. So no matter how much you hate him, you are paying his salary. Remember he is not a businessman. He is a business man. So Stop hating and buy his album, you know you gonna cop it. Ask your kids.........Peace

    April 11, 2013 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • playereliminator

      You are a retard, your Generation are imbeciles, Do the world a favor and don't spawn kids.

      KILL YOURSELF

      April 11, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  84. goblackhawks

    Oh come on rap was decent when NWA, Too Short, and RUN DMC started out but ever since Young Black Teenagers it has been BAD ... On Jim Rome's show on Showtime ICE CUBE even said the new rap isn't that great ... Where is the danger with ICE-T now it's all bbbleeechkk

    April 11, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  85. huskerdu

    Well they are definetly made for each other – the King and Queen of bad lyrics. Wonder if their child writes for them.

    April 11, 2013 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken Margo

      Those bad lyrics has made him wealthy beyond YOUR dreams. You should be so lucky.

      April 11, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Bush

      Pearl to a pig
      Money to a Nig
      He is still an ape that looks like a camel, sucks to be him!

      April 11, 2013 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Red

    I'm a regular working man and I can go to Cuba for my next vacation if I choose to. Why is it a story if a billionaire and his wife go there to celebrate their 5th wedding anniversary? Idiot politicians. What a bunch of haters. How about punching in and getting some work done, who gives a damn where a man and wife go for THEIR ANNIVERSARY. Unreal.

    April 11, 2013 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • miker

      Actualy no, you arr not supposed to do trade with Cuba or buy anything thete, thats the whole reason the came under fire, retard...

      April 11, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay-Z Fan

      Yet we can visit & do trillions of business with China.......... So much for free country.

      April 11, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Red

      It's not about what you're "not supposed to do." It's about doing what YOU WANNA DO WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE IT, as long as it's lawful, which traveling to Cuba is. Moron

      April 11, 2013 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • PDQBach

      Actually, no you cant. The only way you can go to Cuba is if someone in very high places pulls some strings for you to go. Jay Z and Sasha are both elite supporters of Obama and dont really fit the prerequesites to qualify so it raises some questions as to how they were given the visa to visit a country that has been on a boycott list for over 50 years. The truth is that this admin is the most corrupt ever, but they are popular with a very decieved voter base. Therefore you will defend them no matter what they do.

      April 11, 2013 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Red

      You're just figuring out that this country is crooked??? Wake up, how do you think this country got rich? Crime that's how. Of course all it takes is knowing someone. That's why it's legal. You people are so gullible.

      April 11, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dh

      Unfortunately Jay-z likes the president which means the Repubs can use it as a distraction instead of doing their jobs.

      April 11, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • DoTheResearch

      It actually is legal to travel to Cuba. The restrictions were lifted a few years ago:
      http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1097.html

      April 11, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Glenn

      Because high profile celebs. going to Cuba brings attention to the Cuban Adjustment Act that gives Cubans arriving in America very lofty benefits paid for by you and me. It shows that Cubans leaving the island are not leaving for political prosecution but for economic reasons like every other immigrant does. If the public would get wind of the Cuban Adjustment Act there would be outrage by the public as there should be. Just google Cuban Adjustment Act + politics.

      April 11, 2013 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Tony

    It's really funny to see all these broke , talented dummies up here put down Jay Z and Beyonce for going on a vacation that they couldn't afford themselves.Too bad these two self-made millionaires didn't follow your life path and and end up blogging on CNN in their spare time.

    April 11, 2013 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • geeworker

      now if we can only get some of these "please-look-at-me clebs" to stay in their new country that they love so much we would be better off

      April 11, 2013 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Walter

      @geeworker,

      There are a lot of claims that they LOVE Cuba so much. Where is this coming from, I'm SURE this was their first trip so LOVE probably isn't the best word choice. Those that are furious are just miserable people. Please name a country that doesn't have blood on its hands??????

      April 11, 2013 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad76

      STAY IN CUBA. GTFO.

      April 11, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  88. liberal disease

    Jay Z and Beyonce love the spot light, and these fools in the media fell for it...New albums to follow i am sure

    April 11, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  89. goblackhawks

    Remember rap ryhmes with a brown substance and that is what this style of music has become. It started out decent with NWA and Eazy-E but this new rap is BAD .. Jay-Z being the top of the heap ..Yes he has made a bunch of cash .. that just means there are a lot of hearing impaired people who listen to this @#ap ..

    April 11, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay-Z Fan

      All respect due to NWA, Jay has rapped about much more than cash.

      "Do you really listen to music or do you just skim through it?"
      – Jay-Z

      April 11, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • openreel36

      Treasury,Purgury

      April 11, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Bush

      Yeah, Jay also called his wife a Ho in one song, a real winner.

      April 11, 2013 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Red

    Really?

    April 11, 2013 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Milk, milk, lemonade...

    'round the corner, fudge is made.

    April 11, 2013 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  92. M.E. Chinese

    me play joke. me go peepee in your Coke.

    April 11, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  93. mylife55

    Society is so very dumbed down.

    April 11, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • ed dugan

      The very fact that anyonepays the slightest bit of attention to these two no talents proves your point. What a couple of nothings!

      April 11, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Walter

      @ED

      Talent is what made them millions and its also what separates them from old losers like yourself, who now hates the life you lived thus far.

      April 11, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Jay-Z Fan

    Isn't this precious? A country full of free people mad because two of their citizens excercised free will in going to another country. Mad at Jay-Z for going to Cuba, but you have a house full of products "Made In China". Hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 11, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimmy B

      Except that it's illegal. See how it works?

      April 11, 2013 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay-Z Fan

      Actually, it's not illegal. He got permission from the U.S. Treasury. But, a free citizen shouldn't have to get permission to go where he pleases. See how that works?

      April 11, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Except that it's NOT illegal...

      why do you have to be so obtuse? Do some research into the matter, or are you just so fking stupid you can't even do that?

      April 11, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay-Z Fan

      Research what? That they went to the proper authorities and got the OK? Not much research needed. Or research as to why it's illegal to visit one communist country, but we are the world's biggest business partner of another?

      April 11, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      is that you Nas?

      April 11, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay-Z Fan

      No, but I'm almost as Illmatic. If you want me to "Ether" this guy, I can handle that.

      April 11, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • mockba1

      I agree. Any American can go to Cuba if they choose. If Washington wants to intimidate citizens, all one need to do if fly to Canada and book a legal round trip to and from Cuba from there. The precedent is set - if Jay-Z and Beyonce can go, so can any American. Personally, I believe every American has a right to travel where ever they want regardless of what politicians say.

      April 11, 2013 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • well....

      stay there

      April 11, 2013 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Vince

    Who cares? How about our politicians work to fix the economy and create jobs. This is a pointless unimportant distraction.

    April 11, 2013 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kyle

      Politician don't create jobs.

      April 11, 2013 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Warren

      "Politician's don't create jobs" = debatable statement. A recently elected politician who hires a staff has technically created several jobs, correct? From a bigger scale perspective, you are somewhat correct; politicians don't personally, directly create jobs, but one of their duties to their country is to ensure there are adequate economic conditions so that others can create jobs. So, indirectly, they DO play into the job creation process.

      April 11, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • iab

      So true. One should check the history of Cuba when Batista was president, b/4 Castro. Those ppl who left Cuba were the 2% who didn't even allow their own ppl to stay in the fabulous hotels the wealthy Americans stayed in. B/c the Cuban PPl were starving including children Russia a communist country came to their rescue after sanction by the USA.

      It is a disgrace for The United States of America to boycott this country b/c Castro gave his country back to the masses who were poor worked in the fine hotels for very little, couldn't even stay in hotels in their own country. This is history, b/c of lack of education the 2% that wants to rule the world get away with this kind of behavior. Just take a look at the literacy rate in the RED STATES in the USA. I wish we had the GUTS in America to end this kind of madness against our fellow man. Oh, I forgot they are ppl of color, Latinos. Read THE RIDDLE OF RACISM by C. Carl Hirsch.

      April 11, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • mockba1

      Politicians don't create jobs and they don't create rights. If some bureaucrat doesn't want to go to Cuba that's fine. But they can't stop anyone who wants to take a trip there or anywhere else for that matter.

      April 11, 2013 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  96. freedom

    The president has opened up the White House to a new low of people – having money may give you many things, but it doesn't give you class. It's also disconcerting to know that the highest office in the land trusts performers with confidential information about our country. That's a national security issue.

    April 11, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • rod

      you have no idea how paranoid and stupid you sound...Jay Z has NO access to State secrets and no form of U.S. intel that any goober (like yourself) can't easily find on the internet...Jay-z is a former New York hood that changed his life to pursue an education and entertainment career and did so successfully and then became an extremely successful businessman with a stock portfolio that rivals Magic Johnson or a Lehman Brother...get over yourself and be proud to see another AMERICAN do well and be motivated to do better in your own regard...you must be a descendant of Joe McCarthy...

      April 11, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • kjones

      Uh what confidential information lol

      April 11, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • freedom

      This president has repeatedly displayed that he has no parameters between the dignity of the office he holds, and the Hollywood elite that are privy to it. We don't have any idea what they know – but I am sure they know too much. And it's all because they give Obama money and bow down to him. His ego rules him – hubris. Sickening.

      April 11, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • IAB

      See what I mean when it comes to education. A person WITH REAL BREEDING, CLASS, EDUCATION would never post a comment like this. His comment is a reflection on his character and what he is all about. I bet he doesn't even know the three branches of US government, responsibility of each. Pres. O. is stressing education for ALL in order for us to compete on the world market.. SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, MATH, MEDICINE. Americans should focus on building America, creating jobs. 545 control 300,000,000 and they do it with division, fragmenting and putting Americans in groups. Divide and conquer. EDUCATION, EDUCATION, EDUCATION.

      April 11, 2013 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • freedom

      This president is DIVIDER-IN-CHIEF and is KILLING our economy.

      April 11, 2013 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Kelly51

    Money can't buy you class. Thanks for proving my point Jay Z and Sleaze E

    April 11, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jlaff

      Exactly

      April 11, 2013 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • allison

      Exactly – Thank You.

      April 11, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • honeypot

      these people make me sick

      April 11, 2013 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • rod

      ok...Easy-E I'll give you wasn't classy...but gangster rap back then wasn't either nor ever was as a genre of hip hop,,,it was a brutally honest reflection of what youths experienced growing up in severely impoverished, drug (thanks CIA), and crime infested neighborhoods...something you clearly would know nothing about nor how to get out of if born into it...however Jay-Z (being born in a similar environment in NY) instead of robbing and selling drugs, shifted his paradigm and pursued education and entertainment art (prose, no matter how aggressive or harsh the delivery is still ART...just like graphic art)...then educated himself more and became an elite businessman and hangs in elite wealthy social circles that would NEVER identify any of you idiots as "classy" enough to be in the same room as them...so show some dignity and keep the names of people you can't begin to comprehend or understand out of your mouth...I can assure you your name isn;t a blip on their radar...I can't believe the "crab" mentality of some fellow Americans too spiteful to see others especially those that come from poverty be successful...

      April 11, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • IAB

      Your lack of breeding and class is showing when you post statements like yours. Maybe it's just jealousy. I bet you don't even know the man or his wife. It is a reflection on your character when you can make negative statements about ppl you have NEVER met or don't even know.

      April 11, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Chris

    CNN hits a new low everyday. This once-good news agency is trying to be Fox News, although they are not as skilled.

    They were Romney's press agency, and now they are finding other trifling matters to report on. NO ONE said Rodman got preferential treatment to go to North Korea. But because two random, attention-seeking congressmen press the issue, CNN blows it out of proportion.

    April 11, 2013 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Mike

    They should have taken the baby & left it in Cuba. That is one UGLY kid.

    April 11, 2013 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Annette

      Your racist, ugly comment is uncall for and Blue Ivy is a beautiful child! Attacks on celebs and artiists kids is crossing
      the line. Dis the parent all you want, but leave innocent kids along as they haven't done anything and aren't responsible
      for the actions of their parents.

      April 11, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • foomanchoo

      LOL you cant even call an ugly baby ugly anymore without being called racist!! thanks for demonstrating how dumb our culture is now Annette.

      April 11, 2013 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • p didy cool z

      It's not that Kidz fault he is UGLY... It's obviously Jay Z's fault.

      April 11, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rod

      Mike...be a man and say it to the face of her parents...thought not...you like to sit behind the safety of your granny's computer and hurl stupid, rude comments at an infant...YOU represent the social decline of this country...again go find Jay and say it to his face...if you can't or don't have the courage (which little chumps like you never do) then step away from the keyboard and go do something constructive with your life...go build a HUD home or something...and feel better about yourself...because clearly you have NO decent level of self esteem to call an infant "ugly"...but hey free country...its not illegal to be a buffoon...

      April 11, 2013 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • IAB

      Mike you are a very INSECURE man. What a disgrace to the human race. Why would you make such an ugly statement about an innocent child. Wow, are you a christian or an American.

      April 11, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Shelly

    Another so called "celebrity" that feels he is above the law. KMA JZ & Beyonce! "Sanctioned" my butt. You were there for your wedding anniversary, that's nothing that benefits the people of the US. These two idiots should be punished as any other US citizen would if they were caught. I'm not saying you shouldn't be able to go to Cuba, you should, but until the laws change, no stupid lame "celebrities" should get preferential treatment. The fact that he felt the need to write a song about how wrong we all are, just tells me he thinks he is above the law and not subject to the rules the rest of us follow.

    April 11, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • LL Cool Jim

      Shelly,
      You can also go to Cuba if you like. All you have to do is go through MX. This embargo is ridiculous to begin w/. We are no longer in a Cold War. The embargo just gives the Castro the excuse to his people. "We are poor because the US made us poor by slapping us this embargo".

      Free enterprise, let the Cubans experience KFC, Coke, and all things that made us Americans fat. Well, I'm not fat just my fellow Americans are fat.

      April 11, 2013 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  101. goblackhawks

    As the great Mojo Nixon said "Dream Machines ain't music" .. Jay-Z is a no talent who fooled a bunch of musically changeled people .. And his wife sings great if you turn down the volume and just look at her. Nobody will remember either of these 2 in the future for music

    April 11, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • goredwings

      The great Mojo Nixon also said Michael J. Fox was the evil Anti-Elvis, and that proved to be true.

      April 11, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Skindred

      You are wrong there. If you knew anything about rap you would know Jay-Z has made a huge impact on it. Do I think this trip / song are stupid, yes. But to say he won't be remembered in future music isn't true.

      April 11, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Americano

    Jayz is talentless and so is his wife. At least she knows to keep her mouth shut instead of spouting off ignorance and F U's to everyone.

    April 11, 2013 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • jweezy

      Have you ever heard Beyonce speak? Of course she kept her mouth shut. She is very ghetto and can barely form an intelligible sentence.

      April 11, 2013 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • LL Cool Jim

      Talentless? Lol. Let me see you make $300 million dollars off your "talent".

      April 11, 2013 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Vince

    Ok everyone just hold on here a minute. I'm a travel agent here in Florida and yes you can travel to Cuba if you go with a tour operator or if you get permission from our government which is what JZ & B did. There are at least 3 different tour operators that are allowed to take US citizens to Cuba…

    Here is one – – General Tours. You can look at their brochure on line...

    April 11, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shelly

      You can bypass the red tape but just traveling to Cuba via Canada. People do it every day.

      April 11, 2013 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  104. J

    yeah sorry cuban-americans but you can't compare your "choosen" diaspora from cuba and Africans "forced slavery" to america.

    and visiting places with politics you don't agree with is not a horrible thing...its called communication and understanding......without it changes can not occur...you can't change the world with out communication and understanding

    April 11, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • E

      WHO CARES WHERE THEY VACATION AT, NOT ME. THE REPUBLICANS NEED TO CHANNEL ALL THAT ENERGY INTO TO GETTING THERE PARTY TOGETHER. ALSO TO ALL YOU HATERS DO YOU REALLY THINK JAY Z CARES HE'S RICH BLACK AND FAMOUS LOL

      April 11, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  105. rATL

    It sounds like they did everything legally. I don't really get the big deal. There are TONS of Americans who visit Cuba, I guess they just aren't as famous. I've had several groups of friends go. You just have to stop in Chile or Argentina (cant remember which) and then a tour company takes you from there. My friends said it was amazing. Friendly, beautiful people, great food. Infrastructure is a little rough but all in all a great vacation spot. I hope they lift the sanctions, I would love to go without all the travel hassle.

    April 11, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • PaulS

      I aggree I think the sanctions should be lifted from Cuba, however whoever in the State office authorized the trip should be reprimanded and Jay-Z if he didn't follow legal channels should be fined. If not then we can all just ignore the sanctions on anything. But I definitely think its way past time to lift these sanctions.

      April 11, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Glenn s.

      google : The Cuban Adjustment Act + politics. That will give you all you need to know. And by the way, it costs the American taxpayer 500 million dollars a year to keep the CAA from being repealed.

      April 11, 2013 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Truth

    The most racist statements I've read on here are coming from those that have identified themselves as blacks. But blacks CAN'T be racist, right???

    April 11, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  107. raul

    so he went to cuba big deal as a first generation american of cuban parents why arent we making a big deal of us companies going to china so its a big deal of 11 million people are opressed vs 2 billion? oh wait china owns us. hypocrites.. florida would lose so many jobs if cuba becomes free it wouldnt be worth it.. better to have them as slaves than the economy of the sushine state to go to the pits... That is what American intrests are ..... plain and simple.

    April 11, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carlos

      ahhhhh, Raul. The REAL way of thinking of cubans comes through with your posting. you nor the million or so cubans that we WELCOMED into the UNITED STATES of AMERICA really care about this country that saved you from the clutches of fidel. If any of you were REAL men as you pretend to be here in MIAMI you or your parents would have stayed and fought for your freedom but why bother, you got a free ride to the land of the free and free food stamps and other government handouts on arrival. Real men fight for the country like those in Egypt, Syria, Palestine etc.
      FOR the rest of you who may not know this, NO other nationality in the world has status where once their cuban foot touches US soil they are granted status in this country AND are given handouts. ANY other nationality like Haitian's, Canadian's, Indians etc would be put on the next plane and sent back to their country. cubans have not made Miami what it is today if you are speaking of progress. Yes, they have made Miami a S**T hole. Had cubans not been allowed to migrate to Miami as they have, born and bred Americans would have continued to move from the north growing the economy and prosperity of the area but when they saw what was happening to Miami because of the influx of cubans, they now go west. Good choice on their part. I know, I grew up here. Please fulfill ALL of your cuban promises and when fidel or raul are gone GO BACK to cuba and leave some room for others around the world who really want to make a life here in the UNITED STATES and work for success without the government providing handouts when they arrive. PLEASE GO BACK SOON! PS go ahead and make all the comments you like. As this posting should not bother you as it is MY opinion, your comment about me will not bother me. Remember, we do live in America (though living in Miami you would not know this) so I do have the right to speak freely still I think.

      April 11, 2013 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Valerie

    Can we get those lyrics in English please?

    April 11, 2013 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Greg

    OK so how is it that the citizens of an allegedly free country can be told by their government where they can vacation and where they can spend their money? Where's the "freedom" sheeple?

    April 11, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • PLN

      It's not like this is a new situation. President Kennedy imposed the travel embargo right after the Bay of Pigs.

      April 11, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  110. sly

    Really really ignorant white people posting here. I've been to Cuba. Most everyone I know has gone to that beautiful island. Congratulations to the talented, rich and good looking loving couple that enjoyed their tropical vacation with great beaches.

    Stupid people: are you aware that Americans travel to Cuba, China, Vietnam and a host of other countries that happen to have their own political system which they feel is better suited for them?

    Only Americans are arrogant (and ignorant) enough to think we shouldn't travel to Cuba. Fools. No wonder this country is such a mess – very little brains out there.

    April 11, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Slyer

      As someone already stated – both of them should have stayed there......they adequately represent whats wrong with this administration.....the trip was 'sanctioned'.......got to be kidding me, you can't make this stuff up.

      April 11, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jasper

      Take your ignorant black ass and leave bro. You're the only one spouting off against another race. Hate much??

      April 11, 2013 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kman66

      Oh yes, those wonderful countries with "political systems that work for them", that also deprive their poverty stricken citizens of the country's desperately needed assets, all while the rulers live like kings. Not to mention Cuba, who wanted to allow Russia to put nuclear warheads aimed directly at us from their shores.

      You need to wake up and open up a school book, you complete and utter lDIOT!

      April 11, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • squirrel

      Your ignorant for responding you racist so now what??

      April 11, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ponchos raincoat

      Talented? hardly.

      April 11, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Americano

      Sly is a racist idiot.

      April 11, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • katrinanation

      Respect the LAW, your COUNTRY and its PEOPLE or leave. When the law is changed and the embargo over, travel there. People have waiting 50 years to go back to their homelands to have these elitists publicize their trip like they are royalty and flaunt it in the oppressed's faces. GET IT??? Its not about race, its about snotty behavior and flaunting your country's laws and waving your privileged faces around. At least Angelina gets her hands dirty and does good works!

      April 12, 2013 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
  111. I AM

    He should have stayed in Cuba....

    April 11, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Evangenital

    The Cuban-American Representatives that criticized the couple, know too well that the only people feeding the Cuban Government, are the exiles. The exiles are already started dirty businesses (black market) to enrich themselves. The Representatives are hypocrites, and they are just doing what republicans have been doing since Obama became President, which is to belittle the President. There is no controversy here.

    April 11, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  113. Jean

    OMG – could we just stop talking about these people – who cares what they think. I feel sorry for JZ that he has such thin skin he cant just ignore the critics – seems he and his buddy Obama were cut from the same cloth. JZ and his wife, like you and me, are just people. Granted they are rich, arrogant, above-the-law people but still, at base, just people. What they think and say is no better than what you or I think or say so could we just lose them. Better they stayed in Cuba for all I care. (BTW – nice that JZ has a global platform to respond to his critics, basically telling them to shove-off and shut-up, while regular people have little recourse when they are accused of doing something wrong. When you and I are accused of wrong-doing and have to fight the government, we usually lose, not enought money and no global audience.

    April 11, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Dan

    Just remember, you can't spell CRAP without RAP!

    April 11, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Interesting; thought-provoking. Also...

      you can take the rap, AND you can take a crap.

      April 11, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Lila

    Arrogant jerks who don't think rules apply to them. His song is crappy and childish. If he likes Obama so much why would he drag him into it? All he did was give the Republicans something to attack Obama with.

    April 11, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jorge Sedano

      its all about the skin color.. its all about the skin color..

      April 11, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  116. remember the I feel again gig....

    we did it 2 times.....i drummed second time...TRUTH....daz why everyone here wuz dare...

    April 11, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  117. mary rogers

    he is just so sleazy. why do we give these low class people the time of day shame on people worldwide who admire dumb and crass people.

    April 11, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Music is my life man....

    haaaaaaaaaaaaaaa....i do play drums.....truth

    April 11, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  119. Alvarez

    I have a strong desire to drop a massive steaming dump on the hood of his car, and maybe stuff a trouser Twinkie or 2 up his nose.

    April 11, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  120. SandBagged.---

    what an idiot!!!!!!!!

    April 11, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  121. crappygovernment

    Why can't satan, jay z and the rest of the illuminati make better music? They ran out of creative talent years ago it seems...

    April 11, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Satan

      Hey, I resent that remark. You and I need to have a little talk now...

      April 11, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • NOcondoms95

      Stfu Stinking Ass Breath

      April 11, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • crappygovernment

        I would think that a person like Jay z who sold their soul for money and fame would actually come up with catchier tunes. His music is pretty mediocre and un-creative for someone with the devil's help. Sounds like a bad deal.

        April 11, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  122. katz for dogs

    the trip was sanctioned...but the song kind of blows...

    April 11, 2013 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Fsjunkie

    I don't appreciate Jay-Z name dropping President Obama...never have. There's a reason that people in high places and positions of leadership have to limit their associations, and Jay-Z just demonstrated why. I grew up on Hip Hop from the beginning. Hip Hop "Disses" don't translate well at this level, Jay-Z. It just makes you appear far less intelligent than you are.

    April 11, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • cjklepper

      They should have gone to Haiti where some of their blood relatives are still suffering. Why is it white folks go out of their way to help the poor black countries but where the celebrity blacks are looking the other way?

      April 11, 2013 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  124. timby

    timby gotz too be him - kay?

    April 11, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  125. beyonce does not have a good reputation -

    she needs too simmer down...

    April 11, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • another Beyonce hater...

      beyonce is doing her thing and there are other females whos reputation is FAR worse.

      April 11, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ashley

      How so? Beyonce has one of the BEST reps in the business. She is multi-talented with countless awards and recognitions, hasn't been arrested or OD'ed on any drugs, hasn't gone to rehab, doesn't have a party-girl image so idk what Beyonce you're referring to. Rihanna is the one who needs to calm down.

      April 11, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  126. Mike

    Oh, Swizz Beatz and Timbaland collaborated on the track. Well, that changes everything!!

    April 11, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  127. ricky nelson

    the rules are put in places for a reason you may not get a clus why and you and your wife going down to cuba is a bad look for kids that look up to you and the song is just out of line and shows how stupid you look to someone that was around when the law was put in to places .

    April 11, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • James Traiinor

      Those rules were place there over 50 yrs ago. Cuba isnt a threat to the USA at all. The main problem are the wealthy white cubans in Miami. Cuba is much safer than any place in the USA. Remember Viet Nam and all the USA soldiers that got killed during that war? Why are they our best friends now and is OK to travel there and deal with them now. Castro had NEVER invaded the USA or killed any USA soldiers. Embargo is OBSOLETE and should had been lifted years ago for all it does is hurt the normal Cuban folks. The embargo had made wealthy many Cubans in the USA. USA citizens should be able to travel any where in the world! Just like Europeans and Canadians do.

      April 11, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carlos Perez

      Dude, their trip was sanctioned and legal. Calm down. They did nothing wrong. And in his song, he's right to point out how ironic it is that our treatment of communist countries is not consistent. Communist China? OK in our book. Not so with Cuba.

      April 11, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • ghostriter

      So.....what rules did they break? None?

      You people are just plain ol stupid.

      April 11, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phone Fake

      alot of rules were broken...tons

      April 11, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  128. Way too out there...

    Someone who looks like a daily fool is not ego...its attention seeking issues.

    April 11, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  129. S.

    jealous angry racist--can't make it anymore clear who she is.....jayz needs too get a new hobby

    April 11, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  130. Four Three

    Get this garbage off the front page, this kind of useless information is best left to magazines in grocery store line-ups. Nothing says society's wasting effort and brainpower more than publishing tripe like this in the hopes that it has SOME redeeming quality and bearing on the world.

    April 11, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  131. Marie

    They didn't break the law, so leave them alone.

    At the same time, I am so so so so soooooo sick of the two of them already. Their heads and egos inflate a little more with every penny they earn.

    April 11, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • ricky nelson

      yes they did break the law , you are not aloud to travel to cuba!!! 1960s cuba miss law

      April 11, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • what about a ho hacker...is she breaking the law...

      get lost...stick too topic

      April 11, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  132. Duct Tape

    everyone knew who just did that...

    April 11, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  133. She's a total racist...and we really need to crack down on it

    thanks

    April 11, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  134. if my race matters...

    I'm white. I didn't know Jay Z went to Cuba, nor did I care. Now I do know Jay Z went to Cuba. I still don't care. Hope I didn't offend anyone.

    April 11, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  135. Candee Man

    Just another one-percenter who thinks the world revolves around them and us commoners should just pipe down.

    April 11, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patiat

      It's not the "commoners" who were moaning about them going to Cuba. It was the 1%ers in south Florida who still have such an ax to grind that they are perfectly happy denying Americans the freedom to travel wherever they want to go.

      April 11, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • S

      yes she is a common...that's why she's in the "boat" she's in..

      April 11, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mdunson

      Another 47% that vote like they are part of the 1% hating one the blacks who is part of the 1%.

      April 11, 2013 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack Rivera

      I agree, just another 1%er, I wonder why he didn't get audited?

      April 11, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  136. I'm Outside

    Holy SHlT this such a non-issue.

    April 11, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  137. steve

    he's a lowlife
    pay no attention

    April 11, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  138. rschier

    The best thing Cuba could do, is make it so we never have to see the likes of these two miscreants ever again.

    April 11, 2013 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  139. downsideofbeingyou

    everyone knows...the machine remains in tact....baaaaaaaaaaaaa

    April 11, 2013 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  140. ITS About time

    Thank you Jay zee for putting these fake cubans living in south florida in their place...I love cuba and I love cubans

    April 11, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • dumber

      All those Cubans you love would be a fake Cuban in south Florida if given a raft.

      April 11, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  141. calvin (reposted)

    Evidently the problem is with yourself. To generalize all black people with this article is really stupid!!!I As for all the talk of Africans, blacks maybe one should really study their history and just see where any one race originated from. For that matter God made all in the image of him!! Black, white, Spanish, whatever, One day it will all be revealed to you when you have to stand before your Creator !! Until then God Bless You!!!!

    April 11, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  142. M

    daz ok....cuz we got you babe...ha

    April 11, 2013 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  143. brad

    The sad part is, no matter what the intentions of the posters on here.. when it comes to race, its ALWAYS about race.. what a shame..

    April 11, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  144. When she looks like a fool...she does her paragraph routine

    baaaaaaaaaaaaaawaaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaa

    April 11, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  145. daz right...i have so much cleaning too do later

    darn

    April 11, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  146. George

    Wait a minute, I am a white male who is usually soft spoken. But this kind of racist talk is destroying us. Obama's agenda is no different than any other president. Jayz or any other black person should not even be in the news unless it is the President. You guys are putting your racism ahead what is important. Side stepping the real problems and making issue with people who are not even important when it comes to politics and Washington. They are entertainers not people in Washington. With no agreement on votes there are going to be more of us holding signs we work for food. Not blacks, not latinos, it will be us.

    April 11, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • djwazu

      Anyone with vision can be a leader. there's no leadership in Washington none that's not being impeded by special interest!
      If I was a follower I would follow Jay-Z then Mark Rubio anyday or any republican period. It's time to get rid of all of the people who are not moving this country/world forward. Ya,ll gonna learn today

      April 11, 2013 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Walter

      Best comment on this thread. Period.

      April 11, 2013 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  147. sly

    Ho ho ho - nothin' more amusing than a bunch of white trailer trash on here with their panties in a bun because they no longer own black slaves.

    Yep, trailer trash – y'all cannot stop a black man and his wife from enjoying a nice tropical vacation. I've been to Cuba – the people are nice, the beaches are great, and the folks there are smart enough to know that Fidel Castro was a world hero who freed the Cuban slaves from the murderous Nazi Bautista.

    Problem is, many Americans are from German decent, and pretty much admire Nazi's. That is why American Presidents have always supported and funded regimes like Saddam Hussein, the Shah of Iran, the Saudi Bush Presidents, the Panamanian Bush President (Noriega) etc....

    April 11, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • greennnnnn

      Jay-Z's more like the trailer trash. LOL. What an overrated dolt.

      April 11, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • ho ho ho and merry christmas to you too ms. sheeba

      baaaaaaaaaaaaaawaaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

      April 11, 2013 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • suzieb61

      Sly,

      Get real will you and stop labeling all white people. I am sick of hearing all this crap. It wouldn't have mattered to me if it were Beyonce or Kidd Rock going to Cuba; if we supposedly have laws that say we can't go there then why should they be given any different treatment that you and I? That is what it boils down to; has nothing to do with who is white and who is black. I can't stand that the news media can travel to Cuba either. Makes no sense to me. But to turn this into something racial is ridiculous. Just as ridiculous are the people who think that our President personally approved their visit.

      April 11, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • that was dumb

      >> Fidel Castro was a world hero who freed the Cuban slaves from the murderous Nazi Bautista. <<

      Batista a Nazi? I don't think so. He was mixed race. Cubans elected a mixed race president in 1940. Way before Fidel. Who you know is a white man. Catch up.

      April 11, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • bannister

      So why do so many browned skinned Cubans HATE Castro too? Because he's a tyrant!

      April 11, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • wahoo1969

      Sly,

      You are an idiot... Latest and most accurate historical records show that the first Euro-settlers of the western-hemisphere were: Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, and UK (English, Scot-Irish, Welsh) and Irish.

      German immigrants made up a very,very small minority of 18th-20th century American settlers. Do some research before spouting nonsensical retardation.

      April 11, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • wahoo1969

      Pardonnez-moi... I forgot the French!

      April 11, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  148. di ann how do you think we got you.....

    BAAAAAAAAAAAAAWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

    April 11, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  149. Try using google

    This is for you dummies that think the President let them personally go to Cuba. Many Americans have been there. This is what the rules stipulate for travel to Cuba, which ANY American can do with proper permission:

    It is our understanding that the travelers in question traveled to Cuba pursuant to an educational exchange trip organized by a group authorized by OFAC [the Office of Foreign Assets Control] to sponsor and organize programs to promote people-to-people contact in Cuba,” the letter read.Due to the U.S. government's travel embargo with Cuba, Americans are prohibited from visiting the communist country for tourism. U.S. citizens can apply for licenses to go anyway, provided they show substantial proof they intend to visit for specific reasons, such as for business or education. And they must also provide a detailed itinerary.

    April 11, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  150. Jay Z....Find outside interests....

    its time

    April 11, 2013 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  151. Darrell

    Anyone surprised that he gets special treatment for being friends with the president has their head in the sand. That is standard procedure. You should be ashamed CNN. Not one word on Melinda McCormick, and her race-based murder. If the profiles were different it would be the top 5 articles. Shame.

    April 11, 2013 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • @Darrell

      This is an entertainment blog. They are entertainers. Get it? Also, read the google post.

      April 11, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • ghostriter

      Yep.....so how did all the other folks who have gone to Cuba get there? Were they friends of the president before he became president?

      Another jealous loser.

      April 11, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  152. Bed Turd

    that's about the only friend that's left...baaaaaaaaaaaaa

    April 11, 2013 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  153. Pete

    Ummmm. Who cares? He's a knuclehead – right up there with Rodman. Let them stay in Cuba permanently.

    April 11, 2013 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  154. Friends everywhere....

    that's me...hahahahahhaa

    April 11, 2013 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  155. DownsideofbeingaHack

    BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAAAAA

    April 11, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  156. Jim

    The reason everyone was so upset about the Jay Z trip is that it illustrates that the current administration has two sets of rules:

    1. Friends of Obama – Dont have to play by the rules.
    2. Non-friends of Obama – You're hosed.

    April 11, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Walter

      Jimbo shut your whining. George Bush and his buddies hosed you way before you even knew what an Obama was. Whites like you hate anybody of color that isn't docile or accommodating to you. Thats a fact, you never conversate or socialize with people of color on your level or above you. And thats a fact Jack. #duckdynasty

      April 11, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cuba

      Cuba and North Korea should not be placed in the same boat. People visit China all the time, no one cares about that, but they are communist. Cuba should no longer be treated the way it is anyways. Its ridiculous that all the cold war bs has carried over this far.

      April 11, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth

      Walter, you're really trying to be blind but the rest of us aren't. Jim is right on. And why are you still blaming bush??? Get over it. It's irrelevant.

      April 11, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • @ Jim

      Nope, all it shows is how ignorant and partisan the majority of the American population is. Its amazing how people on this site will turn absolutely ANY topic into an excuse to spew their fervent dogmatic political nonesense.

      The fact that they were in Cuba has absolutely NOTHING to do with their political affiliations or relationships. It is most likely that they were granted permission to travel due to his new venture in sports management to scout and recruit. Baseball in particular is HUGE in Cuba.

      That aside, tens of thousands of everyday average civilian Americans travel to Cuba every year, sanctioned or not. It is VERY common for US citizens to travel to Cuba via Canada, Mexico or other Caribbean Islands. Just because you can't get a flight from home doesn't mean you can't get one elsewhere and the Cubans being aware of this, won't stamp US passports, they'll issue you a separate card that is stamped and returned upon departure.

      April 11, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  157. tooled mothers....yes its a problem

    baaaaaaaaaaaaawaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    April 11, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  158. Cuban

    Just ignore him- he's campaigning for Obama, getting lots of press, and promoting a new song. If he cared about poor people or education in Cuba or in his former neighborhood, he'd put his money where his mouth is.

    April 11, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  159. No Dear...She's from Wall Street.

    and your a fool--all these people watching and hysterical at a moments notice......

    April 11, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  160. brad

    I don't care what rich/famous people do or don't do.. nor do I care what good or bad things they go through.. none of this directly affects me.. but I do work with kids.. and they IDOLIZE these rich/famous rappers/sports stars.. If parents don't step up and be the proper role models for kids, they'll find a role model in ANYTHING, or ANYONE.. and parents have NO ONE to blame but themselves for what their kids become.. any parents reading this; YOU'vE BeeN WARNED!!!

    April 11, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Walter

      Maybe one reason kids idolize singers, rappers and entertainer because they are INTERESTING. This statement is made a lot but unless you are doing something amazing, why expect your kids to look at you in awe when most of you hate your job, don't live out or have dreams, rarely see your family or vacation and you do nothing out of the ordinary? It makes no sense, outside of not providing the parent with a sense of elitism to fill their ego.

      April 11, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  161. Keel Hauler

    It seems you can't criticize these people without being called a racist. Well, they're inconsiderate, materialistic and useless, I don't care what color they are. If you take offense at my statement and make a race thing out of it, YOU are the racist!

    April 11, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Walter

      Are you not reading the comments? This is my thing with WHITE people like yourself. They love to make all of these pseudo-logical statements but miss the obvious. If you have used a racial slur, made a condescending remark based on a stereotype, or no nothing relative to the subject but still comment based on elitism theory; then YOU MAY BE A RACIST. Get it?

      April 11, 2013 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • jwild

      when you say "These" people who are your referring to? that statement shows you are igorant and a.. well.. you said it a racist.

      April 11, 2013 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • "These People?"

      You’re already separating them from yourself because they’re a different color, and because you perceive them to act differently because of that. THAT is what makes you a racist, and that’s an undeniable FACT.

      And that's an interesting blog name you chose there, Keel Hauler, referencing an act of violence against other human beings. Keel Hauling was often used during the slave trade, to torture and kill captured African's who were "acting up" on board the slave trader's ships en route to America.

      April 11, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • heywood

      Walter
      Why is it ok for mr.Z and all the other rappers using racial slurs in their, "songs" (not what id call them), and no one cares, yet if someone were to use the same one against him, its racist?

      April 11, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth

      Keel says these people as in referring to these two in the article. Read much? Walter, this is my thing with BLACK people. You whine all day in the streets about racism but you are the perpetrators... And fools

      April 11, 2013 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  162. Dowsideofbeingahack...

    we can finally ignore this MORON right?

    April 11, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  163. Adam

    I was in Cuba 2 weeks ago on vacation. (I am Canadian)...the amount of people commenting on here have no idea what that place is or what goes on there. Its actually a really nice place with VERY nice people. ZERO crime because they are put in jail forever if you have a gun or any kind of drugs. The gov't pays their hydro, water and makes sure they all are healthy with free health care and education. Of course there is some bad like any place but every single person I talked too down there including staff @ the resort HAD a cell phone, they have ESPN, they have everything. Its communism done right and although they might not have the luxuries that we have in the USA and Canada, they dont need it or want it because it would take away from who they are...

    April 11, 2013 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • how's your 60k business going?

      baaaaaaaaaaaaaaawaaaaaaaaaaaaahooooooooooooooo

      April 11, 2013 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • debbie

      they don't have freedom....freedom of speech and to do as they want. how about that?

      April 11, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • @ Adam

      That is just so cute... your candor is almost funny. You went as a tourist – you saw the good stuff for tourist only. You seem to need to read a little more and educate yourself. The tourist area is just about 5% of what Cuba is all about including the area per square footage. The workers on those resorts are hand-picked and trained AND watched. I am glad you had a fantastic time in Cuba but us Americans don't support communism.

      April 11, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Go outside the resort and you might be surprised what you find. You were at a resort. Not the norm.

      April 11, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      I'd have to disagree. Just because Cancun is nice, doesn't mean the rest of Mexico is like that. You go 20 minutes away from just about any tourist attraction in any large American city and it's a dump.

      April 11, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • anon8891

      Cuba has zero crime? They have a murder rate of 5.0, which is higher than almost every country in Europe and most US states.

      April 11, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • elsa lorenzo

      Mr. Adam I am very glad that you had a great time in Cuba, in the mean time while you were able to eat at a restaurant, my mother had nothing to eat at her house, my brother is a doctor and makes 30 dollars a month and is not even allow to go to the restaurant that you set and had dinner at, for your info Cubans in Cuba are not allow to go to no restaurants unless they belong to the communist party and do not let them fool you they are there to watch what you and yours are doing, Cubans are the only people in the world that are not allow to be part of their own country, next time you go to Cuba get out of the tourist section and get to see the real Cuba, people are starving, with no medicine and months of waiting to see a doctor or to have an sx-ray or test done, when you get to stay a week with a real non communist family, reality is going to hit you, IT'S IS JUST A PUT ON SHOW FOR THE STUPID TOURIST LIKE YOU. GET TO LIVE LIKE A REAL CUBAN AND THEN TELL ME HOW GOOD IT IS IN CUBA.

      April 11, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harry JENKINS

      ...and then you went back to your fishbowl in Canada ,right?

      April 13, 2013 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  164. We made the black machine for you....

    we need to stay away from this person....thanks

    April 11, 2013 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  165. Emma

    It really is a happy day. I hope you and everyone Ilse is having a friendly one too : )

    April 11, 2013 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  166. whodatsaints25

    The people of America should have the legal right to shut these stars down. Freedom of speech is a figment of our imagination.

    April 11, 2013 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      We do have that right. Stop buying their records, and their careers will perish.

      April 11, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • yousanidgit

      I’m sure a redneck like you would love to exercise his 2nd Amendment “right” to silence other Americans’ 1st Amendment rights, correct? Typical conservatard that just needs to STFU.

      April 11, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  167. Rod Poooopman

    If you like pooop
    Especially when it's runnnny
    Come on pooopy let me know

    April 11, 2013 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  168. Beyonce is a Jack Ass

    jay z has too make changes-this is totally not for him anymore

    April 11, 2013 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  169. MoMo

    But anyway, there are more important things to concern ourselves with in the world today than this knucklehead and his girl.

    April 11, 2013 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  170. SHOE 1

    No class and an embarrassment too everyone involved....thanks

    April 11, 2013 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  171. MoMo

    JAyz is just ignorant to a few things. I mean he walks around with a Che Guevara t-shirt not knowing Che was a huge racist who called black men, lazy and dumb among other things..

    April 11, 2013 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  172. whodatsaints25

    How about we put all these rich stars in Africa with nothing, and freeze their bank accounts so they'll starve so that they'll learn they should not flaunt their money. If they don't learn from that then they can just die just like they want all of us to die.

    April 11, 2013 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  173. Tosheeba Prop

    god does she look like a fool....

    April 11, 2013 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  174. I laugh

    As I read the racial comments, I sit back in my chair and laugh. There was a time when such language bothered me and I'd respond to the ignorance. When one grows in maturity, you realize it's a waste of time and energy to parlay in such behavior. So glad I can say I've matured.

    April 11, 2013 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  175. Tosheeba was yours too....lmao

    how embarrassing for jay z

    April 11, 2013 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  176. we got the ghost..months ago...

    ho

    April 11, 2013 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  177. Miriam

    All that money and all of the business enterprises you and your wife are involved and yet you cannot write a decent letter to express your frustration... Rapping is not writing – it is street talk. You, Mr. Jay-Z and your wife went to a country in which Communism still exist, liberty has been taken away as well as freedom of speech and freedom of religion. Their government was once an ally of Russia. This country of Cuba their people are poor and dying. 99% of their population don't know what is a cell phone. You are a disgrace to the American people. Yes, you have a lot of money and could have chosen any where in the world to go; however, the people as in us made you rich because we listen to many of your and your wife's songs, you became popular and rich because of democracy. Don't forget that and stop supporting Communism. At the end of the day, that is what you did. You didn't go and gave millions of dollars to orphanages or created some kind of non-profit for education to the young children... and your wife dressed up like she was from the island which she is not. Be yourselves – there is nothing wrong with that and since you have all that money, get an education and educate yourself about the realities of the world...

    April 11, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • HEY MIRIAM

      SUCK MY NIPS

      April 11, 2013 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nazir

      LMAOOO @ Rap being street talk. I swear you racist make me laugh. Im so glad your squirming in your seat these days. It goes to show just how much the world is starting to have a little bit more Color. Haha!

      April 11, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • JS

      Miriam. Ive been to Cuba and they know what a Cell Phone is.

      April 11, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • anon8891

      Jay Z has funded and sponsored many charity events and funded many charity organizations.

      Visiting Cuba doesn't equate to supporting Communism.

      There all types of countries around the world where bad things occur, by visiting a country that doesn't mean that you support what's going on there.

      April 11, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  178. whodatsaints25

    So these stars are pushing their money as a right to troll us with the media , and tell us not to annoy them yet these stars are the ones who are annoying us. The people have spoken , and the President should be in favor to strike down these a–hole stars who keep flaunting their money they should give back to the public who work their a– off their whole life. What monsters would invest in these retards? I just don't get it.

    April 11, 2013 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  179. DavidInWashingtonState

    That we're even having a conversation about someone's trip to Cuba is just plain stupid. GOP idiots in Congress need to get a life and/or work instead on things that matter (like budgets, Obamacare, North Korea, Iran, etc.). Maybe those folks in Congress throwing a fit are just jealous that they didn't get to go with JayZ and Beyonce?

    April 11, 2013 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  180. DickPerry

    The article is wrong. "U.S. travel embargo" Is only for tourism. It the travel intention is "educational" you can get a permit. But then its of course easier for the rich and famous as with everything else in US.

    April 11, 2013 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  181. lmao....how about a class this summer.

    get off the tool

    April 11, 2013 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  182. Everyone knows the truth....

    take a class this summer–

    April 11, 2013 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  183. the gays also feel beyonce needs too pipe down--

    lmao

    April 11, 2013 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  184. Jay Z

    Keep throwing yo money at my my black bros and sistas!

    April 11, 2013 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  185. Jackie

    Enough said as those talking really buy his music and make him rich as we noticed with Senator Rubio. Yes Rubio a Cuban looking for money and rapping Jay-Z's music on the Senate floor while selling Rubio water for 25 dollars is jealous, Rep Diaz-Balart is just doing what he is told by his boss the Conservative while giving a shout out to his Uncle Fidal Castro. Poor Rep. Ros-Lehitnen born and raised in Havana Cuba now a citizen of America and elected official just wants to be included and will say and do anything. Senator Rafael Cruz a Canadian/Cuban just saw a way to be white by changing his name to Ted. It's funny to what the Conservatives use minorities and then drop them like Allen West and Herman Cain who are both no longer needed and looking for jobs.

    April 11, 2013 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  186. 60 k for new furniture?

    hardly a million dear...ckerrell

    April 11, 2013 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  187. Sara

    I think it's the gays. The gay people are upset. Yep.

    April 11, 2013 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ann

      I agree. Gays are just silly sometimes. They should just eat a snack and smile

      April 11, 2013 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  188. 50 Year Old Hit

    Everyone has status...they need too locate it....for me it was music and a success at my job...with all the job offers coming in ... its nice too be me...and nice that everyone wants to give me a job....

    April 11, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  189. Kevin

    Wow. just wow. you didn't make a cent off me you piece of filth

    April 11, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  190. E

    It's Made a Million Off IT you f'n dweeb. The way the story quotes it implies that Jay-Z is calling the normal Brooklyn Nets fan a dweeb. He is in fact calling anyone who is hating on his dropping ownership one.

    April 11, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sara

      I think all his fans and all the Nets fans are gay. And Canadians too. That's the worst kind of Canadians. Gay ones. Yep.

      April 11, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob from Saskatoon

      Well, hey now, Sara. Sure, we got the gays up here too, just like you down south there, but they're hardly the worst Canadians of all. Those would be the baseball fans. Real Canadians follow hockey. And were you implying that ALL Canadians are gay, cause that's just plain inaccurate. For example, yours truly here gets a raging hard on whenever he helps the Mrs. scrape sand out of her c o o t c h. I doubt one of those gay fellas would have the same reaction.

      April 11, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  191. FINK LADY

    Beyonce did all of this mess.....nobody would have ever know who she was if she kept quiet

    April 11, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg Clapton

      The White House is saying it wasn't the Pres who blessed the trip. No kidding, it was Mrs Pres who made this trip possible for Bounce and Jay Zero.

      April 11, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • KJH16

      Jay Zero, huh ? Only because there are so many on the checks he receives. This is a man who used to deal drugs on the corner, but turned his life around to become one of the most powerful men in entertainment. Jay Zero. Sure.

      April 11, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  192. Ken Barr

    All they are doing is flaunting there status. If it wasn't in the news I wouldn't know about. They have no status in my life and he can rap all he wants.

    April 11, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  193. My boyfriends use too get a kick out of me playing drums...

    why don't you learn something nice this summer

    April 11, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  194. paul lefebvre

    too bad Cuba didn't keep both of the idiots. why can't black men just respond to things in english and in a normal manner..does everything have to be in stupid rap form? Jeez grow up. He has no talent and needs to get a real job.

    April 11, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • E

      I think if you had a fake job that paid you hundreds of millions of dollars, you'd keep it too.

      April 11, 2013 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • gb

      Why you so jealoussssss? His bank account is fatter than everyone on this thread combined? Who has the last laugh?

      April 11, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • JS

      What an idiot.. hahaha. Guy makes more money that you and your entire family combined. HATER!!

      April 11, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trying too be smart now...

      baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

      April 11, 2013 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  195. Beyonce put herself out there---nobody else did

    hahahaha

    April 11, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  196. Billy

    I'm definitly not a racist but I don't care for coloreds at all. They are always up to some sort of Tom foolery.

    April 11, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  197. Trash all you want its your reputation and all are hysterical

    LMAO

    April 11, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  198. Everyoneknows

    I hate when one side calls the other r8cist knowing the whole time they are just as r8cist as the next. Until you accept all people no matter what, I didnt say you had to be best friends with them but accept them, then you are exactly what you call others.

    April 11, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  199. RainCityLady

    Why DO we still have an embargo on travel to this Communist country? We have borrowed billions from the sleeping giant, also Communist, and they have taken over what used to be our manufacturing industry. What worse could happen with the little island of Cuba? More cigar smoking?

    April 11, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  200. Demo Joseph

    to Greg Clapton – I guess you are taking to people like yourself, Georege, Chenney, Runs the fellow, and all you hollier than us A...H... with all the brain power and the white skin.... OHHHHH yeah, and guess where we learned all the money making tricks...... after all black men were forced here on ships...... you guys are the cream of the crop...... Go to H.... it is not just your world anymore and you haters can't stand it...........

    April 11, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  201. Kevin

    As a Canadian, Cuba is the best Caribbean country to visit. The top reason is you don't have to deal with hordes of arrogant americans. I hope the travel ban lasts forever

    April 11, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Hey! How's life up in our attic?

      April 11, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sara

      Canada is just Americas cap. Nothing up there but snow and hosers.

      April 11, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken Uck

      Actually the USA is Canada's basement – you know, that dingy place you stick stuff you don't want visitors to see.

      April 11, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • canuck

      "Attic"?? "Cap"?? ....ummm at least we have an actual government (unlike the bozos running the US), health-care is 10x better, PEOPLE ARE WAAAAY BETTER (less arrogant, stupid, obese...and American), we don't have a gun problem...heck, we don't have NEARLY as many problems as "ya'll 'mericans"...so id say this "attic" is a much better place to live in right now...ps. hope you don't get nuked!

      April 11, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Walter

      USA is full of racist. The world knows.

      April 11, 2013 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  202. HoodRatAndIdiot

    What is just stunning is that people call this "writing".
    "Except I made millions off you f***ing dweeb. I..."
    Really people. You support this fool who has no problem disparaging and disrespecting their supporters. Same for his wife. No talent who threw her father to the curb as soon as he helped to fame. She felt so guilty after firing him, she had to go "home and make love to her husband". I tried to like her but after she said that, I realized she is a moron. Voice? what voice it is all lip-sync. They thinks too highly of themselves and all of you are idiots to support them. I've never bought anything fr these two and now I never will. But they don't have to worry b/c there are sooooo many " f***ing dweebs" that will follow.

    April 11, 2013 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  203. LilRdVet2

    I could be wrong...but...it's my understanding that you can visit Cuba as an American citizen, you just can't fly there directly...many Americans fly there from the Bahamas and the like...what's the big deal?..

    April 11, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • rocknrollsuicide

      It's because they're buddies with Obama.

      Don't get me wrong, I'm no fan of Jay-Z or Beyonce, but that's pretty much "the big deal."

      April 11, 2013 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • JS

      There are direct commercial flights from Miami.

      April 11, 2013 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • suzieb61

      You can't just fly there from another country either as an American Citizen. If you were in Mexico, for example, there are many daily flights to Cuba, however, as an American Citizen it is against the law to enter Cuba even from another country. How they get around it is this. You tell your hotel folks you want to go to Cuba, they tell you ok, make the flight arrangements and then tell you to leave your passport in a safe at your hotel. You are given a slip of paper to use at immigration when you arrive in Cuba. They know you are American and just stamp the paper as if it were a VISA. A lot of people do it; but no way would I leave my passport in another Country.

      April 11, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  204. Deme Joseph

    so much hate, if they were BLANKS you A..H...s would not be saying ugly things.

    April 11, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  205. Greg Clapton

    All I can say is it is bad day for the Black Man. Give'm some money and they act like jerks. YOU CAN"T BUY CLASS!

    April 11, 2013 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  206. Jesse

    Pleasure me rhymes with treasury.

    April 11, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  207. Joe

    Who is this Jay-Z everyone is talking about? He looks like Joe Camel to me.

    April 11, 2013 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  208. Dark Drew

    Jay-Z... To HELL WITH YOU. You disrespectful A $ $.
    Recording a Rap song only proves that your trip was based on media exposure to sell your no talent records.

    April 11, 2013 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dark Drew

      Yeah, hey Sly, paint me as a racist all you want, I'm quite the opposite. And I wasn't the one who made a controversial trip, and then made a rap record from it to MAKE MONEY.

      April 11, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • toldyou

      Hey sly, way to show your racism! Make your people proud!

      April 11, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kniga

      STFU Sly...u probably a white boy wanna be eminem.

      April 11, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  209. dowsideofbeingahack

    April 11, 2013 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  210. citizenUSA

    I've heard several disturbing things about these two but who knows what's true? I think Rodman going to North Korea is more controversial than this. How nice it must be though, to have a platform to make fun of others, and some people are paying for it. Kinda low-class. If I were a fan I'd be offended by his perception that I may be low-class too.

    April 11, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  211. Mail code...

    Beyonce is very organized and has major wall street experience....

    April 11, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • trp48

      She got that "experience" from Jay-Z. As much as I don't like either of their music, I give them credit on being successful with their other business ventures. But that's about it. They shouldn't be in the news.

      April 11, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  212. SDM113

    The attention this is getting is almost as dumb as the outdated embargo itself. They are not alone, thousands of Americans go to Cuba every year. Just take a look at the photo gallery on the website of the restaurant they reportedly ate at in Havana (Paladar la Guarida) – Kevin Spacey, Dany Glover, Jack Nicholson, Ed Harris, Jimmy Paige, Rob Schneider and Steven Spielberg are amongst the American celebrities that have had their photos taken in the past couple of years at that particular restaurant.

    And before you say that these people have the money to get around the embargo, that has absolutely nothing to do with it. I work in the travel industry in Canada and there are huge numbers of Americans booking trips to Cuba that simply cross the border and depart from Canadian airports as the prices are good, beaches and people amazing and the Cuban's have learnt to stamp a separate card rather than passports on entry.

    April 11, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob from Saskatoon

      You work in the travel industry up here in the great white north? That's good to hear. The Mrs. and I like to travel (we have an RV) with the kids, mostly around Canada or down into the U.S. of A. We're big fans of that warmer weather they have down south, especially toward the gulf. We've been toying around with the idea of flying to Jamaica or the Bahamas, but this article got me to thinking about Cuba. What sort of sight seeing do they have there? Does anyone speak English, or do we need to bone up on our Spanish? At the beaches, do they have little shower huts close by so my wife can wash the sand from out of her c o o t c h? That's always been a problem for her when we go to the beach.

      April 11, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Traveller

      So the American CBP officer doesn't see the two Canadian entry stamps a week apart, with a land port of entry (when you drive in) followed by an airport entry (when you fly back from Cuba)? You aren't fooling anyone.

      April 11, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  213. Uh huh

    You can't criticize the blacks because they're perfect and you're a racist.

    April 11, 2013 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • RetroMike

      Nobody is perfect. This is America and Americans have the Freedom to respond to their critics. Once you go beyond saying a person is a fellow American than that's where racism comes in. So what your saying a group of American should just shut up and take it? Another American can't disagree with you? I'm sure there are people in your life that you have disagree with and you didn't think they was racist. The lack of tolerance in America has become really bad.

      April 11, 2013 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  214. Nannalow

    It's because when you have an embargo against a country it is designed to hit them where they hurt. For Cuba that was American Tourism. Much like Jamaica, Mexican Islands etc. Cuba used to be a popular tourist destination for Americans. By cutting that off, it hurt Cuba. Who vacations in North Korea?

    April 11, 2013 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |

    April 11, 2013 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  215. Bob T

    Maybe Jay-Z is on to something? Why not let all Americans visit Cuba. Then they will see what Obama is working towards!

    April 11, 2013 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  216. NONE OF US ARE GOING ANYWHERE HON..

    thanks

    April 11, 2013 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  217. Name* DaveDiego

    This is the Rap Version of, "Get off my lawn!"

    April 11, 2013 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  218. The turd from utah---rigged

    best of luck .. .thanks

    April 11, 2013 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  219. ThePopeFromTV

    Jay-Z is a brilliant business man and an excellent rapper. All his best songs tell a story from which any listener could learn a lesson or two about life.

    I don't know why anyone cared that he and his wife vacationed in Cuba since that's just the sort of thing that rich people do. They go to places regular people can't, and usually just to get away from the press. At least this time the overzealous newshounds gave Jay a reason to write another song. I'm gonna have to check that out later.

    April 11, 2013 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Truth

      You should go to Cuba with them and stay permanently..

      April 11, 2013 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Ha!

      You the same Truth that posts on that food blog? Yeah, I read those comments once in a while. How exciting for you. Grew a pair, huh? The foodies don't give you enough grief, and had to try here? What's the weather like in Denver again? lmao. Nice try, Mr Coffee.

      April 11, 2013 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • A ho is not going too stop the machine.

      silly boy

      April 11, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  220. mel

    somebody answer this how come there is no restriction on americans to go to North Korea and the USA does buisness with China but americans have restrictions on going to Cuba? makes no sense matter fact dont answer there is no logical explanation but pure _________

    April 11, 2013 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Nannalow

      It's because when you have an embargo against a country it is designed to hit them where they hurt. For Cuba that was American Tourism. Much like Jamaica, Mexican Islands etc. Cuba used to be a popular tourist destination for Americans. By cutting that off, it hurt Cuba. Who vacations in North Korea?

      April 11, 2013 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  221. Nick

    J & B are foolish they should have stayed on our shores
    But you can do what you want with $100 million or more

    April 11, 2013 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  222. 9 pictures -- thanks

    -

    April 11, 2013 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  223. webb

    THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS GO TO CUBA EVERY YEAR! DON'T BELIEVE ME!? GO TO THE MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AND YOU WILL SEE! THAT IS AWESOME!!!!NO ONE HAS TO TELL US WHERE TO GO! THIS IS A FREE COUNTRY!!!!

    April 11, 2013 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  224. 7 pictures snapped so far.. .thanks

    __

    April 11, 2013 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  225. beyonce has class

    that is what we need....

    April 11, 2013 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  226. Libville

    Jay Z is an idiot. He sounds like a teenager bragging about what he can do and how much he has. Nice African American role model.

    April 11, 2013 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Stormer

      Jay Z made it, earned his millions. However, he has turned into an elitist ass who thinks because he has money and Obama is his buddy he can do anything. It is to bad that all these people like Jay Z support an administration and a party that wants a socialist society that only wants to control them. Isn't that like slavery? What irony! The irony in it makes me disregard everything these pompous asses say and do because to not see that makes them complete idiots. They are being used for propaganda. Obama don't care one crap about them.

      April 11, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Market1964

      I thought you were referring to Donald Trump...

      April 12, 2013 at 3:33 am | Report abuse |
  227. 3 more things thanks.

    router
    letter
    toshiba

    April 11, 2013 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  228. Joi Gibson

    @Sandwich – Cuban sandwiches are soooooo good!!!!!

    BTW, big woo, they went to Cuba. Several other celebrities have gone to Cuba in the past 2-4 years and nary a peep from anyone. But now, with Beyonce and Jay-Z, now it's absolutely outrageous. Give it a rest already!!! Take care of your own business in Congress!!!

    April 11, 2013 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  229. Me

    the biggest QQ ever...

    April 11, 2013 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  230. Heywood

    "Except I made millions off you f***ing dweeb.

    The same can be said for all of you who buy the crap he puts out as music and songs. The only musical talent he has sleeps next to him. Business genius, musically challenged, but reading this does show his love for the fans. lol. Hes laughing in your face for taking your money and returning nothing.

    April 11, 2013 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Ca. English Teacher

      You obviously known nothing about the art of writing, metaphor, internal rhyme, etc. Like the topics or not, the man is a lyrical genius. Beyonce? She doesn't write anything or play and instruments...song and dance only. Musical talent? Hmmmm.

      April 11, 2013 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • trp48

      @ Ca. English Teacher – You say he is a "lyrical genius"!? You wouldn't think that way if one of your students talked to you the same way he talks about others in his lyrics? Because that is what he sounds like. A whiny kid acting out because he has the money to do and say as he pleases. Maybe teachers need to be graded.

      April 11, 2013 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • heywood

      Any time the music teacher wants a lesson in music, you let me know. Obviously you know as much about music and the english language as a nun knows fornicating. I truly believe that Mr. Z is english language challenged. If you were actually a teacher you would know that there is proper english, grammatically correct, and then there is a slang that really cant be construed as english. Beyonce may not write the drivel he does, but again, that dosent make him musically talented, singing, harmony, melody or playing an instrument does.

      April 11, 2013 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  231. Jon in Pittsburgh

    Hey everybody....I still went to Erie during Spring Break. Why doesn't anyone care? Why do you care about them?
    PEACE OUT YO!!!!!!!

    April 11, 2013 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  232. quinLee

    why is there a link to this crap in Political Ticker?!? Someone at CNN should be called to the carpet for this BS.

    April 11, 2013 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  233. *

    *

    April 11, 2013 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  234. all

    This track is nice!

    April 11, 2013 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  235. Doc1

    @Anon,
    Do us all a favor and consume a cyanide enriched sandwich.

    April 11, 2013 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  236. Sandwich

    They also went for the Cuban Sandwiches. Those are nice. Eat a nice, Cuban sandwich then smoke a nice cuban cigar. Then go to the beach and lay in the nice sun. Then go back to your hotel room to a nice, hot shower and wash the sand out of your c o o t c h.

    April 11, 2013 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Latuya83

      Hate to break it to you buddy, but there's no such thing as a Cuban Sandwich in Cuba. That was a Cuban American's invention, there not that great anyways, try Croqueta Especial or a Media Noche does a good. d

      April 11, 2013 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Sandwich

      Wait, what? I suppose next you're going to tell me there are no French Fries in France?

      April 11, 2013 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Sadie

      French fries, lol... Now, I'm wondering about french toast, swiss cheese, English muffins, Italian hoagies, danish rolls, etc. Have we been mislead by our food industry? lol..

      April 11, 2013 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  237. anon

    The only reason Jay-Z went to Cuba was to recruit ball players, since he now thinks he is a big time sports agent. How dumb do you think we all are, anyway?

    April 11, 2013 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  238. Ca. English teacher

    Your hood is showing....

    April 11, 2013 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  239. Essie

    It's not nice to put your mom's business out like this, "Observer!'

    April 11, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  240. Essie

    LOL, LOL, LOL!!!! Don't NOBODY want to be White! We have color...y'all tan! We have rhythm...y'all are stiff! We have shape & form...y'all botox & buy butts! We have beauty...y'all are white!

    April 11, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  241. panthro

    We have class, average sized lips, songs with actual lyrics (sung not talked), you have cellulite and are overweight. Have you seen the latest heart related death when it comes to africans? As for beauty, even Beyonce without make-up looks like she came from the jungle.

    April 11, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  242. Stormer

    Are you retarded? Just asking.

    April 11, 2013 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  243. leroy

    racist hag

    April 11, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  244. cheese:)

    but your avatar's name is panthro! Get ur life, everything you said can be applied to any race.

    April 11, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  245. mary

    I guess you think you offended some one when you said Africans came from the jungle, well Africa is diversed from plains to palm trees. We love our rich color thick lips round hips and and mor we love being African.

    April 11, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  246. Urnotmytype

    What's class got to do with race...Lyndsey Lohan, Pamela Anderson, Courtney Stodden. Need I say more

    April 11, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  247. Joe

    I would be more impressed if he could blow fire out of those nostrils. Do you even know where Cuba is?

    April 11, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  248. Greg Clapton

    You just made my point. NO CLASS!

    April 11, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  249. Joe

    I agree with you Greg!!!!! Sly is a real racist with NO CLASS!

    April 11, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  250. Billy

    Yeah. I hope they put those coloreds in jail.

    April 11, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  251. HoodRatAndIdiot

    here we go folks. Another example of a "f***ing dweeb" as the HoodRat so eloquently put it.

    April 11, 2013 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  252. Dispel

    Yeah, you guys REALLY have it together. lol

    April 11, 2013 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  253. obama

    oh no you deh-ent!

    April 11, 2013 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  254. AlkaSeltza

    You ever been to ANY street name MLK Blvd? Nothing to be proud of on 99% of those streets. Also one President of African decent doesnt mean you have anything.

    April 11, 2013 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  255. Trish

    You are talking like that is a bad thing. I think it's wonderful and happy. I'm not Africsn American but I try to always act like I'm still in middle school. POOOOP POOOOOOOP : ). I got poooop on my shoe and I named it mister smelly : )

    April 11, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  256. KJH16

    Let's see, He's worth over 200 million dollars, he owns a hugely sucessful sports bar in one of the richest areas of NYC, he was a part owner of an NBA franchise, he's married to one of the most sucessful and powerful women in entertainment, he has Donald Trump and Warren Buffet on speed dial, he's launching a sports management firm. Now tell us all again how he hasn't "grown up". How does all of that equate to an 8th grader ? Because on top of all that, he can still use his God given ability to write a hip-hop song ?

    April 11, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  257. Colonel Darkstone

    That is one of the most venomous, stereotypical, and hateful comments that I have read in over 60 years.

    April 11, 2013 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  258. Tray Zimmerman

    Do you have a problem wiht black people. YOU DWEEB. COMMENT FROM THE SIDELINES. Ant Dung

    April 11, 2013 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  259. Wow

    @HardTruth.. wow.. and that's your comment to the web community.. wow.. To define an entire race, by judging one individual who happens to be black.. bravo! So based on your "gift" ... If your white, you are either a red-neck (South) or a liberal (North) . If you are from Mexico, than you are an illegal and work as a day laborer. If you are Asian, than you are smart or run a Chinese restaurant? See how flawed your comment is? To focus/judge an entire race based on one person who happens to be that particular race? Wait.. no you probably don't..

    April 11, 2013 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  260. calvin

    Evidently the problem is with yourself. To generalize all black people with this article is really stupid!!!I As for all the talk of Africans, blacks maybe one should really study their history and just see where any one race originated from. For that matter God made all in the image of him!! Black, white, Spanish, whatever, One day it will all be revealed to you when you have to stand before your Creator !! Until then God Bless You!!!!

    April 11, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  261. heywood

    calling it a "song" is a stretch. Talking to music dosent make you musical or musically talented. Call him a beat poet, or a poet, but dont lie and say he has musical talent. The only musical talent he has sleeps next to him.

    April 11, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  262. suck my ass

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    April 11, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  263. huh?

    Why the color reference? Really? What does skin color have to do with anything? Why do you perpetuate something so trivial? Shall we choose our friends based on eye color next?

    April 11, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  264. leroy

    racist pig

    April 11, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  265. Apache718

    The problem with your "rant" is that money does not always equal power. I'm from the Bronx and see how money corrupts young dumb minds.. folks from da hood rather buy a pair of 300 dollar plastic sneakers made in China than open a trust fund for their kids or take their girlfriend to a nice restaurant (not applebee's by the way). Dumb is dumb no matter how much $$$ flow.

    April 11, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  266. Herd mentality of the 2000's

    His Raps are horrible. His use use of word play is almost sophmoric, same for the ones who buy into his studio, edited crap. One of the worst rappers out there, who road the wave in the beginning of the financial boom. When everyone under the sun wanted a P diddy looking watch with all the bling (that they bought at TJ Maxx, an escalade and McMansion built with rooms for every kid on a beer budget. Listen Smart, not sure if I would call that, he's got dozens of advisors and investors with their own intrests at stake making decesions for him. Its how the last ten years so many idiots have been put on a pedestal as gods gift to investment or success stories. Now they are being critiqued on selfish bulls&**t behavior.

    April 11, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  267. Skip

    Is racism all you know??? Sean Penn isn't black, he's white in case you didn't know and he is as ignorant as Jay-Z is... color must be the only thing you see because that is all your comment was about. That's great he went to Cuba at a time when the economy is so bad in the U.S. and state's could use the money from tourism to help small businesses. But no, he spent his money to help communists!!! Someone needs to bless you so I guess I will. Have a great day!

    April 11, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  268. Clane

    Sorry white folks? You do know that is a racist comment right? Hypocrisy fills the air. I hate how people show and voice their stupidity so often before their small brain gets a chance to stop it.

    April 11, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  269. mare1

    People really need to stop with all the criticizing. I have news for the lot of you. The only people who are for these sanctions against Cuba are the folks who lost a lot after the cuban revolution. Remember, corruption in Cuba was rampant - Batista(sp?), the Mafia, etc. etc. They definitely were not sharing with the common folks of Cuba. We do business with China, a country that has a history of abuse (and they practically own us), but we want to punish a country for a past affiliation with Russia – the relationship being over how many decades ago!! Give me a break.

    April 11, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  270. Kale

    Wow, racist much?

    April 11, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  271. PeggySue

    Just think, he's an ape who's living his dreams and you're just a poor pink jealous hairy ape. His butler probably lives better than you.

    April 11, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  272. Claud Hamercy

    dumb comment. just dumb!

    April 11, 2013 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  273. IAB

    mare1 thank you for stating again what I posted about an hour ago. I am in my eighties, I remember everything. I wish posters would do more fact checking, would do research instead of believing everything they hear. The ppl who post really tell you a lot about who, what, they are. It's ok to have an opinion but please show you have some self esteem, education, breeding and class. If the 2% in the US had their way we would be a 3rd world country or just like it was in Cuba when Batista was the president. .

    Thank you for educating the posters.

    April 11, 2013 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  274. katrinanation

    they STILL have a marxist leninist doctrine and agenda. Respect your country and its laws. When they release the 65000 people who have been ILLEGALLY according to the laws of a FREE country, provide free and open access to their people, we will voluntarily change our laws and embargo. Until then, we expect the Carters to conduct themselves accordingly or move there.

    April 12, 2013 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  275. katrinanation

    disagree! the revolutionaries to include Castro and Guevara were and are not heroes or liberators but thieves, murderers and oppressors. They stole the land of the people and redistributed it or kept it for themselves. Truth! Don't rewrite history. Batista was bad no doubt, these boys are far worse. At least there was freedom to travel with Batista darlin...these people are captives in their own country. And I ain't one of the two percenters....my family (Gonzalez) had their farm stolen from these murderous thugs.

    April 12, 2013 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |

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