Must Watch: Hamilton Mixtape’s ‘Immigrants (We Get The Job Done)’
The Hamilton Mixtape brings out a new spin of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway hit by featuring songs from artists who were inspired by the show’s musical numbers. “Immigrants (We Get The Job Done)” by K’naan featuring Residente, Riz MC (Riz Ahmed to you Rogue One fans) & Snow Tha Product is a particularly powerful take on “Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)” in which Lafayette and Hamilton playfully utter the line to each other. You can watch the full music video below.
“Immigrants” is one of the few songs that isn’t a cover, but it does sample a bit of Hamilton’s original cast recording to further emphasize the song’s powerful and relevant verses.
As soon as the video starts, you’re almost reminded of the movie Snowpiercer, which is an action-packed commentary on classism. Then it evolves into something of an in-your-face reality of America’s current, xenophobic sentiments toward immigration and refugees.
The music video shows all kinds of experiences immigrants have to endure — underpaying jobs in sweat shops, in farms, and in the service industry — all while echoing the fact that this nation was built (and continues to run) on the hard work done by immigrants. The video also shows the extreme circumstances that can make one flee to America, as well as the violent actions that occurs during an ICE raid.
Riz Ahmed called this song “The music vid + track I always wished existed.”
It’s great to see that Hamilton is continuing to be a force for good in telling the story of immigrants as it should resonate within all of us. We were all immigrants at some point in America’s history, and it only does us good to remember that fact.
Source: The Mary Sue