We’ve told you about Rogue One star Riz Ahmed‘s rap alter ego Riz MC — like with this post on him rapping about Downton Abbey — and now finally here’s your chance to see him in action.
He features alongside fellow rappers K’naan, Residente, and Snow Tha Product in a new video for the track “Immigrants” released yesterday (June 28). Shown in a New York subway train, he appears midway through the video as ICE agents work their way back through the train.
We’re well aware it’s not the focus of the video , but did you catch the Star Wars references in Riz’s lyrics? He mentions how the “British empire strikes back,” before describing people travelling from “Hindustan, Pakistan, to London / To a galaxy far from their ignorance”.
The sentiment behind the track is clearly important to Riz though, as he made clear in a tweet last night:
— Riz Ahmed (@rizmc) June 28, 2017
The track is the latest release from The Hamilton Mixtape, an album of selected tracks from megahit Broadway musical Hamilton rerecorded by the artists who inspired creator Lin-Manuel Miranda when he wrote it, including Nas, Usher, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Sia, John Legend, The Roots, Ashanti, and Jill Scott.
One of the album’s few original tracks, “Immigrants” takes its cue from a line spoken by Alexander Hamilton and Lafayette at the end of “Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)” that never failed to bring the house down: “Immigrants — we get the job done”.
And if you watch carefully, you’ll spot a cameo by Daveed Diggs, who played Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson in the musical, towards the end of the video.
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