Jay Z has been in the press because of his recent trip to Cuba, his new deal with Universal Music, and for selling his stake in the Brooklyn Nets basketball team so he can become a certified sports agent. The Cuba trip is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Marco Rubio has called for an investigation. I have listened to it a few times and have written what I'm pretty sure are the lyrics below along with what I interpret him saying.
Warning! Song has lots of cursing!
Whew! There's a lot going on there! Obviously Jay wants to brush the haters off.
Let's break down the lyrics.
I done turned Havana into Atlanta. (Atlanta is where all rappers currently want to party, now it'll be Havana because Jay made it cool)
Guyabera shirts and bandanas (cool things to wear)
Everytime they think they got me I switch the plan up
Bulletproof this, radio scanners (He's shooting, but because they're words coming out of a radio you can't stop him)
Ballin' 'til they ban us
You gettin' too much bread, they try to jam you (certain politicians and media folks are jealous because he's so rich)
Boy from the hood but got White House clearance
Sorry y'all, I don't agree with y'all appearance (last year he told MTV I don’t like politicians, I don't even like the word politics. It implies something underhanded and I think we need less government.)
Politicians never did sh*t for me
Except lie to me, distort history
Wanna give me jail time and a fine (again the $250,000 10 years in prison thing)
Fine, let me commit a real crime
I might buy a kilo for Chief Keef (Chief Keef is one of the most controversial rappers who rose to fame after a gun battle with Chicago police)
Out of spite, I just might flood these streets (flood the streets with drugs)
Hear the freedom in my speech
Got an onion from Universal, read it and weep. (His new deal with Universal cements Jay Z's position as the richest rapper in the world and like an onion has many layers, so when haters read it it will make you cry.)
Could've bought the Nets to Brooklyn for free. (The NJ Nets became the Brooklyn Nets last year with Jay as part owner)
Except I made millions off it, you f*ckin' dweeb (might be a stretch as ESPN says Jay's share will be sold for around $350,000)
I still own the building, I'm still keeping my seats (Jay will retain whatever percentage he owns of the Barclay Center where the Nets play)
Y'all buy that bullsh*t, you'd better keep your receipt (there had been previous reports he would be persona non grata after selling aka abandoning the team)
Obama said chill, you gonna get me impeached (The President has apparently asked Jay to tone things down since the two are so closely linked it hurts his rep)
But you don't need this sh*t anyway
Chill with me on the beach (Jay suggests quitting the Presidency and just hang with him)
"Y'all must to want to start a revolution (he feels like the press and certain politicians are starting a war with him)
You know whenever I'm threatened I start shooting (he will shoot back)
Catch a body, head to Houston (catch a body is slang for kill someone and Houston is his wife's hometown. So I guess he'll kill you and go chill at his wife's house? It was also a rhyme used by Nas a few years ago. Nas and Jay Z had one of the biggest feuds in rap music but it ended with Nas signing with Jay Z and releasing the album that featured NY State of Mind that had that rhyme. Jay Z later had a massive hit with Empire State of Mind)
I'm in Cuba, I love Cubans (Cuban's as in both the people the cigar's)
This communist talk is so confusing
When it's from China, the very mic that I'm using (American government says Cuba communism is bad and we shouldn't support them, but we have no problem with supporting China by buying all kinds of products like his microphone)
Idiot Wind, the Bob Dylan of rap music (Idiot Wind is a song from Bob Dylan where he takes on the press and his detractors. Jay is saying he's in the same position Bob was and is comparing himself to Bob)
You're an idiot baby, you should become a student (if you believe the negative press you're an idiot)
Oh you gonna learn today, where the f*ck have you been (as if to say he's been all around the world)
The world's under new management (Jay is reminding people of his new sports management deal and perhaps saying he is now running the whole planet)
The new role model, fuck this Zoolander sh*t (Zoolander was the Ben Stiller movie where a superstar model opens a school. Jay seems to be saying that was what he was doing, going from superstar rapper to CEO of a record label to teach young musicians the ways of business. But he's not going to do that anymore, he's going to rule the world instead.) Let's hope the Prime Minister of Malaysia is ok. But how can Jay stay on top if he no longer plans to use the power of Blue Steel?