Lin-Manuel Miranda recently made headlines when he slammed Donald Trump for his lackluster response after Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc on Puerto Rico, declaring that the president will go "straight to hell".
"I was very wary of writing a song that felt like homework", Miranda told the New York Times. "Like, I can write a song where the lyrics are the names of these towns and if the beat is hot and the voices sound great then we're OK and we're still off to the races".
Lin-Manuel Miranda, the "Hamilton" mastermind, was on a family vacation in Austria when Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, the island where his parents were born and where he spent countless summers growing up.
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In an effort to raise money for disaster relief, the "Hamilton" creator said he was working on a new song.
The song was inspired by 78 towns in Puerto Rico, which are shouted out throughout the track.
"I had this idea at 3 in the morning". That playlist launched on October 6.
"We need more. We need action", Miranda said. And the fact that it took so long to get any help out there, that's what I mean. "We need supplies, we need aid, we need a government response that matches the response of our people". A prolific Twitter user, Miranda said that he tweeted at artists he wanted to include whose phone numbers he didn't have. "That is without precedent, that is why my words were without precedent". A product of the Puerto Rican diaspora, Miranda, being the impassioned playwright that he is, sat down to write an ode to his native Borikén to benefit the hurricane-ravaged island following Hurricane Maria.
Miranda, who's of Puerto Rican heritage, has been using his pop power to highlight the USA territory's strife, criticize complacency, and gather support in the weeks after the monster storm ravaged the island on September 20. "Are we increasing troops?" he said.