Lin-Manuel Miranda just released two new tracks from the Hamilton Mixtape: “Satisfied” and “Immigrants (We Get The Job Done),” the latter of which couldn’t be more appropriate for our current moment.
“Immigrants” turns out to be not a remix of a Hamilton song, but a brand-new track based off a single line from the musical: “Immigrants: we get the job done.” It demands the recognition of immigrants’ contributions to the United States, asserting that, “We’re America’s ghost writers, a credit is only borrowed.” In a statement, Miranda described the song as a “musical counterweight” to the “xenophobia and vilification” that have defined this election cycle.
The song’s four MCs all have immigrant backgrounds: K’naan, the main author, was born in Somalia and grew up in Canada; American Snow Tha Product’s parents are from Mexico; British Riz MC’s parents are from Pakistan; Residente is Puerto Rican and lived in Spain for many years.
The second release, “Satisfied,” features Sia, Queen Latifah and Miguel. Wisely, the arrangers prioritized musicality above mimicking the Hamilton storyline: rather than have Sia perform the entire song like the character of Angelica Schuyler, she takes the singing parts while Queen Latifah steps in for Schuyler’s epic rap.
Two other tracks from the mixtape, “It’s Quiet Uptown” and “My Shot,” have already been released. The full mixtape will be out Dec. 2. Listen to “Satisfied” via Spotify here and “Immigrants” here.