Hamilton's Lin Manuel Miranda Cuts Star-Studded Track for Puerto Rico

Oct 07, 2017, 01:01
Hamilton's Lin Manuel Miranda Cuts Star-Studded Track for Puerto Rico

"Someone will say, 'Right this way, sir.' They'll clear a path".

After sparking headlines and garnering attention, Miranda assured people that while the comment was out of character from his normal twitter feed, it wasn't "impulsive".

Miranda wishes the government would do more.

"I've never had more faith in the American people and people all over the world".

Now, the star says his out-of-character tweets came at a desperate time.

"This was an unprecedented disaster and requires an unprecedented federal response", he said. "We need more. We need action".

"Hamilton" writer Lin-Manuel Miranda on Friday led a who's who of Latin stars in a new song to raise money for hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.

Also featured on the song are Ruben Blades, Pedro Capo, Dessa, Juan Luis Guerra, Alex Lacamoire, Ednita Nazario, Joell Ortiz, Anthony Ramos, Gina Rodriguez, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Tommy Torres and Ana Villafane. All of the proceeds will go to the Hispanic Federation's Unidos Disaster Relief Fund to take supplies to the island.

He also explained how he borrowed the song's title and instantly recognizable hook from a line in the "West Side Story" classic "Maria".

"The name "Maria" forever has a negative connotation for this island". "I spent the weekend reaching out to the awesome Puerto Rican artists, if they would like to be involved in the creation of the song", Miranda told Spotify.

Luis Miranda said private donations are important but can not replace efforts by the government. "So I began thinking about that song and the lyrics and a way to flip it into something positive". But the second part of his approach has been vehemently criticizing President Donald Trump's response to the Puerto Rican disaster - mostly on the president's own favorite platform, Twitter.

Lin-Manuel resorted to "cold-calling" and Twitter messaging artists he wanted on the track who he'd never even met before, and was delighted when they all said yes.

The music video dropped Friday morning and racked up almost 30,000 views in a matter of hours.