Sometimes I worry that I’ll accidentally write a similar piece twice on this blog, so I go back and double check that there isn’t potential for a duplicate. In going back to see if I had written about this song off “The Hamilton Mixtape” before, I discovered that while I had written about the mixtape before, I wrote about a different song. (I also wrote that post the day before the 2016 presidential election…but we don’t need to get into that again.)
“The Hamilton Mixtape,” in case you aren’t aware, is a really fantastic album composed of covers by current artists of songs from the musical “Hamilton,” as well as songs inspired by the show and its themes. (If you don’t know what “Hamilton” is, then I am very concerned for your well being.) One of the songs that really took off from the album is the above one, “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)”.
Inspired by one of the biggest applause-getting lines in the show, the song features artists (like K’naan, Residente, Riz MC and Snow tha Product) rapping about their immigrant experiences and the experiences of immigrants as a whole. It’s an excellent song with a very important message, made even more important by some not so great decisions and events following the 2016 election.
They just released a music video for the song, in conjunction with “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda’s new Immigrants: We Get the Job Done Coalition, and it’s pretty awesome. The video has a very “Snowpiercer“-y vibe, which is interesting given that Daveed Diggs, a former “Hamilton” star (who appears at the end of the video), is now set to star in an upcoming TNT series based on the film.
So be sure to blast this song at your 4th of July cookout. Not only is it a definite jam (Did that sound cool? I highly doubt it.) but it has a very relevant message for the Independence Day holiday. Never forget who really made it all happen for the great U.S. of A.
What do you think of the song and video? Have another favorite song off “The Hamilton Mixtape”? Did you see “Baby Driver” yet? If yes, wasn’t it soooooo good? If not, what are you doing? Go see “Baby Driver”! It’s great! And, as always, don’t be like the new Ken doll with a man bun, instead…