The cast and creatives behind the official music video for “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)” have offered a glimpse behind the scenes of the project. Take a look above as they discuss bringing the Hamilton Mixtape track, featuring K’naan, Residente, Riz MC and Snow Tha Product, to life.
Director Tomás Whitmore, producers Melora Donoghue and Kimberly Stuckwisch, and artist Riz Ahmed explain the meaning behind the mixtape rendition of the memorable Hamilton lyric. The music video explores the unsung impact and hardships of immigrants in American culture.
The music video received an MTV Video Music Award nod July 25. The video—the first from the multi-artist album—is represented in the Best Fight Against the System category.
The track, inspired by a line from Hamilton’s “Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down),” appears on the 2016 album, which features covers, samples, and variations of songs from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony- and Pulitzer-winning musical. Additional artists on The Hamilton Mixtape include Usher, Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys, Ashanti, John Legend, and Chance the Rapper.
The official music video was released alongside the start of the #Ham4All challenge, which has raised funds and awareness for the Immigrants: We Get the Job Done Coalition. The organization provides legal services and resources to immigrants, refugees, and asylees.