TODAY | April 12, 2013
>>> jay-z is fighting back at critics of his recent trip to cuba with a new song and it's getting the attention of the white house . nbc's mara schiavocampo has more.
>> reporter: after getting a bad rap over his recent visit to cuba , jay-z is striking back. the song called " open letter " is jay-z's public response to a week of political inquiries over his anniversary trip with his superstar wife beyonce. longstanding trade embargoes ban most americans from visiting cuba without a special license from the treasury department .
>> reporter: on the track, jay even mentions the president directly.
>> reporter: the lyrics reached the white house and thursday the obama administration denied the president helped plan the trip.
>> i guess nothing rimes with treasury. the president did not communicate with jay-z over this trip.
>> reporter: after photos surfaced over the weekend of music's power couple on what seemed like a tourist trip, several republican lawmakers demanded an investigation. the treasury department later confirmed the trip was part of a licensed cultural exchange.
>> make some noise.
>> reporter: now the wrap mogul is exercising his artistic license .
>> this song is typical of jay-z. he's always known to wrap about his personal life . he's going to have the last word and do it his way freestyling.
>> reporter: for today, mara schiavocampo, nbc