In this new music video from ‘The Hamilton Mixtape,’ four rappers lay out just how vital immigrants are to American society.
The song, by rapper K’naan, also features Residente and Snow Tha Product, but the stand-out star is Riz MC, also known as actor Riz Ahmed of The Night Of and Rogue One fame.
The video opens on a group of immigrants nervously listening to a radio report about the U.S. Congress debating border security and immigration reform. “It’s really astonishing that in a country founded by immigrants, ‘immigrant’ has somehow become a bad word,’” the anchor says.
As each rapper delivers his or her verse, we see those immigrants doing the jobs that keep this country running: picking fruit, working in hospitals, and even sewing American flags. The refrain of “look how far I’ve come” is punctuated by George Washington’s line from the musical: “Not yet.”
The video is just part of Miranda’s largest promotion for what he’s calling the #Ham4All campaign in which he is asking fans, including some very famous faces, to post videos of themselves singing Hamilton songs online for a chance to win tickets to the show in Los Angeles.
Entrants must donate a minimum of $10 to the Immigrants: We Get the Job Done Coalition, which aims to provide services to immigrants and refugees living in the U.S.
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Directed By Tomás Whitmore
Produced by Kimberly Stuckwisch, Melora Donoghue
Executive Produced by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Robert Rodriguez, Kimberly Stuckwisch, Ian Blair
Production Company Diktator
Director of Photography Drew Bienemann
Production Designer Spencer Graves
Editor Tomás Whitmore, Alexander Aquino
Costume Designer Christina Flannery
Casting Director Michael Beaudry
Visual FX by Giant Propeller
Color by MPC LA
Post Sound provided by Unbridled Sound