The Music Video For ‘Immigrants’ On The ‘Hamilton Mixtape’ Shows The Real Life Struggles Of Immigrants
On the heels of announcing his social-media fundraiser #Ham4All to raise money for the “Immigrants: We Get The Job Done Coalition,” Lin-Manuel Miranda still had more work to do. This week he dropped a powerful music video for the song from “The Hamilton Mixtape” called “Immigrants (We Get The Job Done).” Featuring international artists Residente, Snow Tha Product, K’naan and Riz MC (aka actor Riz Ahmed), the video was released during a live taping of “Today” on NBC.
On Tuesday, just one day after announcing his fundraiser to help immigrants, Lin-Manuel Miranda appeared on “Today” to drop a music video for a new song.
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) June 28, 2017
As you can tell from the GIF above, Miranda was giddy with excitement to discuss his social media campaign #Ham4All. The effort aims to raise funds for non-profits that help immigrants by offering “Hamilton” tickets as a prize. The tickets will go to someone who donates at least $10 and posts a video of themselves singing a song from “Hamilton.”
But then it was time to get down to business and talk about the new music video, which did NOT disappoint.
— Hamilton (@HamiltonMusical) June 28, 2017
The video shows powerful images of what working conditions are like for immigrants.
The visual metaphor is heightened by the fact that these workers are working tirelessly to make U.S. flags.
Another clip goes on to show the blue collar, often thankless, jobs that immigrants end up doing.
Credit: Hamilton: An American Musical / Youtube
The video shows the hard jobs we know that immigrants take in order to achieve the American dream.
Snow Tha Product spits in a dope bilingual rap, while Riz MC brings that Grime sound from the UK.
They speak on two important, but different experiences, one of immigrants and the other of refugees.
Much of the music video shows the harrowing experiences some immigrants have before coming to the U.S. for a better life.
The video aims to paint the realities of the immigrant experience in all of its colors.
Residente pops up at the end, rapping from the top of a train, throwing his middle fingers up at the establishment.
With ICE raids occurring at the rate they are in the U.S. right now, this is another reality immigrants are currently facing.
Check out the entire video below.
And if you’re moved to do something, join the #Ham4All campaign, might be a cool way to help out and get a chance to see Hamilton when it comes to Los Angeles in August.