“I know abuela’s never really gonna win the lottery, so it’s up to me to draw blood with this pen, hit an artery.”
As part of his #Hamildrops project, for which he’s releasing new songs and videos from the Hamilton Mixtape, Lin-Manuel Miranda released a music video for the song “Wrote My Way Out.”
Featuring Nas, Dave East, and Aloe Blacc, the video gives you major New York City vibes and also a sense of hope. Miranda released the video in memory of his abuela, Edmunda Claudio, who passed away on Christmas morning of last year.
Whether it’s through rap lyrics, poetry, or short essays, it’s the action of writing that can help people get through difficult times, as was the case for Miranda growing up.
In response to the the release of the music video, people across Twitter were amazed by the visuals.
yall!!! we need to appreciate the ART of this video, the cinematography!! the visuals!! the music with the setting!! the people!! the mood!! BRILLIANT, LIN.
— steph (@hoseoksjm) January 19, 2018
Others caught on to the references that were made to Miranda’s Broadway musical, “In The Heights.”
so much brilliance in your reference to abuela in In the Heights. So meta to acknowledge the fiction in a piece that so deeply influenced many of our sense of latinidad. It’s like u called out the sanitized version cause its time to fight! #hitanartery #writeyourwayout
— William Lopez (@lopez_wd) January 20, 2018
And many were just stoked to see rapper Nas and Miranda perform together.
LIN. This was beautiful. Also, how stoked were you to be in a music video with Nas? 18 year old Lin must be so geeked.
— Aditi Juneja (@AditiJuneja3) January 20, 2018
Overall, Hamilton fans were digging the video too.
I LOVED IT SOOO MUCH!! pic.twitter.com/yYCUYjynEK
— Alyxandria Bailey (@alybai34) January 20, 2018
What are your thoughts?