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Pitbull Makes Pro-Cuba Song, Defends Jay-Z Over Track For Jay-Z’s “Open Letter”

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Pitbull is famous for his party tracks.

Now the Miami rapper is flexing his political commentary skills on "Open Letter Freestyle," his version of Jay-Z's "Open Letter."

Pitbull raps about his love for Cuba (he is of Cuban ancestry) and his hope that Cuba will be free one day, as well as Jay-Z and wife Beyoncé's recent trip to the island country.

Jay-Z's "Open Letter" was inspired, at least in part, by conservative lawmakers' uproar regarding his recent trip there.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is among those who have blasted Jay-Z for the trip, saying that Jay-Z should have met with oppressed people while in Cuba.

Pitbull questions politicians attacking Jay-Z on "Open Letter Freestyle."

"Question of the night: Would they have messed with Mr. Carter if he was white?" Pitbull raps.

Jay-Z's given name is Shawn Carter.

Though best-known for such danceable cuts as "Give Me Everything" with Ne-Yo and "Feel This Moment" with Christina Aguilera, Pitbull has long included political commentary in his music.

His second album, 2006's El Mariel, and its follow-up, 2007's The Boatlift, were both inspired by the Mariel boatlift in 1980 in which Cuban refugees seeking political asylum in the United States arrived in southern Florida on boats.

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