Chicago rapper Common has added a verse to Jay-Z’s controversial new track, “Open Letter.” The unofficial remix, released on Monday, has Common discussing his own trip to the island to visit Assata Shakur.
“The same way they say she was a shooter, Assata Shakur, they tried to execute her. We should free her like we should Mumia,” the emcee raps.
Shakur, a former Black Panther, is the step-aunt of the deceased hip-hop icon, Tupac Shakur. She fled to Cuba in 1984 after escaping from prison in the United States. Shakur is accused of shooting and killing a New Jersey State Trooper during a shootout and is classified by the FBI as a domestic terrorist.
“It’s so political, I don’t trust figures, when it comes to revolution it’s just us ni**a,” Common continues. “They say I’m too Black like it’s lights out, might not get invited back to the White House. Still with the Obamas I ride, I’ll meet the President on the Southside.”
Last week, Jay-Z released the original version of “Open Letter” in response to media and politicians calling for an investigation into his five year anniversary trip to the Communist country with his wife, Beyonce.
Listen to the remix below and give us your thoughts.
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