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Jay-Z defends trip to Cuba in new song

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U.S. singer Beyonce and her husband, rapper Jay-Z, are surrounded by body guards as they tour Old Havana in Cuba, Thursday, April 4, 2013. R&B's power couple is in Havana on their fifth wedding anniversary. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa) U.S. singer Beyonce and her husband, rapper Jay-Z, are surrounded by body guards as they tour Old Havana in Cuba, Thursday, April 4, 2013. R&B's power couple is in Havana on their fifth wedding anniversary. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Jay-Z is defending his recent trip to Cuba with wife, Beyonce, in a new song.

He released "Open Letter" Thursday after two Florida Republican lawmakers questioned if the visit to Havana on their fifth wedding anniversary was officially licensed.

American citizens are banned from traveling to the island without a special visa.

In the song, Jay-Z raps about his distaste for politicians and says: "Want to give me jail time and a fine, let me commit a real crime."

Jay-Z raps: "Obama said, 'Chill, you gon' get me impeached, you don't need this (expletive) anyway, chill with me on the beach."

The lyrics prompted reporters to ask the White House if it had anything to do with approving the trip. White House spokesman Jay Carney said no one there had anything to do with the trip.

U.S. Treasury officials said Tuesday the couple's trip was licensed as an educational exchange.

In a letter to the U.S. Treasury Department, Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart asked for the information on who approved the visit.

Jay-Z and Beyoncé were seen dining at La Guarida restaurant and strolling the streets of Old Havana surrounded by body guards and a crowd of fans. Beyonce posed for pictures with school children.

The power couple are avid supporters of President Barack Obama.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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