Jay-Z Addresses Cuba Trip, Politicians, Brooklyn Nets Rumors on Leaked Track

Jay-Z leaked a blistering new track called “Open Letter” today, taking aim at politicians, critics of his trip to Cuba, and an assortment of other rumors and enemies.

The track, produced by Swizz Beats and Timbaland, is a confrontational, chorus-less diatribe, addressing just about everything that’s landed the rap mogul in the headlines as of late.

A few quotables:

“I done turned Havana to Atlanta”

Rape Survivors Demand Reebok Drop Rick Ross Endorsement Deal

Activists and rape survivors have launched a petition demanding that Reebok drop its endorsement deal with Rick Ross.

Ross is still facing outrage over lyrics that seem to condone and make light of date rape: “Put molly all in her champagne/ She ain’t even know it/ I took her home and I enjoyed that/ She ain’t even know it.”

UltraViolet, an organization dedicated to championing women’s rights and fighting sexism, asserts that Reebok is essentially condoning rape by maintaining their partnership with Ross.

Rhymes & Reasons Interviews Rapsody About the Hip Hop Songs that Changed Her Life

Rhymes and Reasons presents Rapsody.

Go ‘head and let the name fool ya: Rapsody can rap. Raised in rural North Carolina, she’s spit with the best of her generation — Mac Miller, Phonte, Big K.R.I.T.

9th Wonder’s protégé spoke to Rhymes & Reasons about the great MC Lyte’s “Poor Georgie, ” The Fugees’ “Ready or Not,” and Method Man’s and Mary J. Blige’s “All I Need.”

Must be something in the water down South.

Check out the interview below:

Snoop Lion Partners w/ MTV for Gun Buyback Program

Snoop Lion (formerly known as Snoop Dogg) has partnered with MTV and Jewelry For A Cause for a gun buyback program.

The three entities have collaborated on limited edition “MTV x Caliber” bracelets made in part from guns turned into buyback programs.

Sales from the bracelets will be donated to the Newark Police Department to help fund future buyback programs.

LL Cool J and Brad Paisley Collaborate on Bizarre Country-Rap Song ‘Accidental Racist’

On this episode of When Keeping it Post-Racial Goes (Terribly, Terribly) Wrong: LL Cool J and country singer Brad Paisley got together and made a song.

It’s called “Accidental Racist,” and it rendered us speechless and rather confused.

In it, Paisley laments the trails and tribulations of being a misunderstood, southern white man:

“To the man that waited on me at the Starbucks down on Main, I hope you understand /When I put on that t-shirt, the only thing I meant to say is I’m a Skynyrd fan/The red flag on my chest somehow is like the elephant in the corner of the south.”

Then LL chimes in with the “black perspective.”