Politicians never did shit for me
Except lie to me, distort history

from Jay Z – Open Letter Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

A child of the ghetto, Jay is well aware of the many, many areas that politicians fail to address. During his rise to fame, the same politicians criticized his lyrics and influence. Now, they criticize his choice to travel to Cuba.

Writing them off, he has no taste for the political elite. While he tried to play the game, they constantly changed the rules, covering historical facts with blind laws; incorrect generalizations; and a mask of “progress” that only covered up the issues. Jay may be economically stronger than the richest of Senators, but he will never join their ranks.

Like Jay said on “Watch Me

“They gave us drugs then turned around and investigated us”

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