New Music: Jay-Z – ‘Open Letter’

Timbaland, Jay-Z, and Swizz Beatz

Ya’ll gon’ learn today. Fresh from his trip to Cuba, Jay-Z surprises with a new song, which he premiered on Hot 97 this morning. The hip-hop icon teams with super-producers Swizz Beatz and Timbaland on “Open Letter.”

Hov doesn’t hold back, addressing recent hot topics including his controversial trip to Cuba with Beyoncé (“Boy from the ‘hood, but got White House clearance”), his ownership stake in the Brooklyn Nets (“I still own the building, I’m still keeping my seats”), his new deal with Universal Music (“Got an onion from Universal, read it and weep”), and more.

“We almost wanna start a revolution/ You know whenever I’m threatened, I start shootin’,” raps Mr. Carter. “The world’s under new management, the new role model, fuck the Zoolander shit.”

Swizz explained how the collaboration came together. “[Beyoncé] came in the studio and Just Blaze came in the studio and this thing just extended to another level,” he told Hot 97. “The whole thing started with me making a track in Jay’s office, and it just led to ‘Open Letter’ and people learning about things today.”

Hear Jay take ‘em to school with his “Open Letter.”

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42 Comments

  1. diyana

    Hov still slayin

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    NTHEKNOW Reply:

    @diyana, HOV rap like he gotta BIG DICK cause he does. Literally. And he is slaying Beyonce with it. Flow is always on point. Not to many rappers can come in the studio and drop this like it’s nothing.

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    iL0vee Reply:

    @diyana, No its not Everybody hop of his dangling please!!!

    When Nas drop tracks like this dnt nobody pay attention, matter of fact they tell him to sit down .. But cause its Jay-z (lets not remind people who got his ass creamed by Nas) everybody like it ..
    Its corny and it made the line Ya’ll gonna learned today boring …
    Imma think Illuminati is real if this shit gets overrated

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  2. derrick

    This is why he the greatest

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  3. BreezyLover

    He’s so ugly.

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  4. Lil' Kim

    Yes Dad.

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  5. joseph

    this song is average !!!!

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    az Reply:

    @joseph, shut up joseph, keep talking shit like that and lose Mary

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    Diff Reply:

    @joseph, he basic now. Not like ten years ago.

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    c s Reply:

    @joseph, word. most folks are too brainwashed to realize. damn drones.

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  6. Arie

    Definitely an open letter. I hope Kevin Hart will get a cheque just for making the saying popular.

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  7. NEUTRON

    Papa Carter still spitting that crack. One of the only rappers who actually rap what they live.

    Ya’ll done pissed the Carters off now.

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    wrq Reply:

    @NEUTRON, “Ya’ll done pissed the Carters off now.”

    what does that even mean?

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    az Reply:

    @NEUTRON, hahahaha nice…i love that “Ya’ll done pissed the Carters off now”

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  8. seanmikson

    what up,Jay Z

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  9. Jstamir

    swear Jay & Timb never let dawn

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  10. Vivi

    Can’t deny that this was dope !!!

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  11. kingb bish

    one WORD! DOPE!!!!!

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  12. Prettyboyflyod

    Young hov, yessir the king is back.

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  13. Kenyon Green

    Just say it out loud everybody G.O.A.T.

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    mysaadlife Reply:

    @Kenyon Green, haha true!

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  14. Kate

    Jay z is living legend! Loveeeeee ! The bosssssssss!

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    Tara Reply:

    @Kate, Hov’s a living legend and I’ll tell you why
    Everybody wanna be Hov and Hov’s still alive – Jayz

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  15. stephenc

    From Goldeneye in Jamaica:

    Song is a 5/10. Average. I’d rather listen to something like Bob Marley or some French lounge music.

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  16. #RihannaNAVi

    Y’all gon’ learnnn today! I LOVE it!!

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  17. brasko801

    This is average in regards to to what he puts out but still better then most rappers music that’s out today. Still the greatest alive…..

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  18. Well alright

    Yasssss *does the drake hand

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  21. MRS CARTER LOVER

    This is FIRE dont come for the Carter’s baby!!

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  22. Daa

    Yes CARTER

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  23. Bradley

    Only Jay can drop a track spontaneously like this and have it be this hot. Not even fair. Hov.

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  24. whatsittoyou

    Money talks.

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  25. Marconi

    Rappin’ “The world’s under new management”
    No doubt.
    On YouTube search, “Beyonce demon possessed” and watch a few clips.
    Then search, “yes we can backwards”.
    Read the book, “Exo Vatacana” and you’ll see exactly what Jay Z is talkin’ about.

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    Raj Reply:

    @Marconi, You’re a fool. Kill yaself.

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    okjo Reply:

    @Raj, Dont be an ass asshole!

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  26. azebracuntnaj

    did he just diss broklyn nets and the fans? wow

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    YourDumb Reply:

    @azebracuntnaj, no dumbass you obviously heard this on mediatakeout. It’s sad really. He’s dissing the people who are criticizing him for selling his share in the nets.

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