[…] As to Jay-Z – negro, por favor. This full-of-himself-fool has been exploiting his three minutes of once-upon-a-time drug dealing for street cred for more than two decades and comparing his rich privileged ass to Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. and Che Guevara for just as long.
Remember 2002’s “The Bounce”?: “Rumor has it ‘The Blueprint’ classic/ Couldn’t even be stopped by Bin Laden/ So September 11th marks the era forever/ of a revolutionary Che Guevara.”
Jay-Z was retweeting that sh*t days before going to Cuba.
Or “Public Service Announcement” when he full on appropriates in the most laughable and absurd way of signaling he really doesn’t understand sh*t about Che Guevara: “I’m like Che Guevara with bling on, I’m complex.” And then he talks about chains and the Lexus he’s willing to kill for.
Then there was his wearing a Che t-shirt on“Unplugged” in 2001.
Here’s the thing: Forcing Jay-Z and Beyoncé to pretend this was cultural exchange meant that they were handed right over to cultural authorities who parroted the Cuban government’s familiar bullsh*t.
They were guaranteed not to hang out with ordinary Cubans, from whom they might have found that, while they were treating Havana like a playground, Roberto Zurbano, a black Cuban and a lifetime revolutionary, lost his job as a top literary editor (probably the only black man in such a position on the entire island) for writing an opinion piece in the New York Times about racism on the island.
Indeed, Jay-Z came back from his Cuba trip full of self-righteous rebel defiance about doing what pretty much anyone can do, i.e., go to Cuba. The world woke up today to a new song of his, “Open Letter,” in which he pushes back about criticism of his Cuba trip. You can hear it here.
Yeah, it’s just more pseudo-rebel bullsh*t.