Lin-Manuel Miranda has released a powerful new video from 2016’s The Hamilton Mixtape called “Immigrants (We Get The Job Done).
Miranda is the brains behind the highly acclaimed hit musical Hamilton, which tells the life story of the eponymous American Founding Father.
The title and hook of “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)” was inspired from a lyric in the Hamilton song “Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down).”
The video uses a diverse list of talent to present a pro-immigrant message.
The lineup includes producer Miranda, himself a Latino American, Swedish director Tomas Whitmore, and rappers with Somalian (K’naan), Puerto Rico (Residente), Mexican (Snow Tha Product) and Pakastani (Riz MC) heritage.
The video, which is almost entirely shot aboard a train, opens with K’naan’s verse. As he raps, immigrants listen to news of borders closing which is an unabashed swipe at U.S. President Donald Trump.
A train carriage then transforms into a sweatshop making U.S. flags and a verse by Snow Tha Product who concludes that immigrants are the “ghostwriters” of America.
The camera continues to move through the train, showing immigrants performing various jobs and being raided by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials.
You might recognize Riz MC from this other job as a famous actor. Riz MC is the musical stage name of actor Riz Ahemd, who recently starred in HBO’s The Night Of and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
On Genius, a site which allows users to annotate song lyrics, Miranda called the song a “musical counterweight” to the “xenophobia and vilification of immigrants” that came to the fore of the 2016 U.S. election.
To coincide with the video’s release, Miranda announced a Prizeo contest that will raise money for a newly formed group called the ‘Immigrants: We Get the Job Done Coalition’.
According to the official site, the coalition includes 12 partner organisations which advocate for fair and humane immigration reform. By donating a minimum of $USD 10, contestants are entered to win two VIP tickets to the opening night of Hamilton in Los Angeles.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) June 26, 2017
For those who love performing, Miranda has also created the #Ham4All Challenge, in which people are required to rap their favorite song from Hamilton.
— Ben Schwartz (@rejectedjokes) June 27, 2017