Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda Busts Out His Rap Skills to Shame Congress Over Puerto Rico Debt Crisis
Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote an impassioned rap in support of his parents' native Puerto Rico
Last month, Hamilton star and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda visited Congress to urge them to pass legislation that would help Puerto Rico restructure its devastating $72 billion debt.
When that didn’t work, Miranda doubled down on his efforts by doing one of the things he does best – rapping.
The Pulitzer Prize winner, whose parents came to New York from Puerto Rico before he was born, stopped by Last Week Tonight with John Oliver to help the host spread the message about the debt crisis plaguing the “commonwealth with not a lot of wealth.”
“Hoping to God John Oliver’s comical dissertation resonates with the Congress that got us in this situation,” Miranda rapped. “Along with suicidal tax incentive declarations, ‘Yeah we’ll pay your bonds first, close the hospital, f— the patients.’ This is an island, 100 miles across. A hurricane is coming and we’re running up a loss.”
The artist concluded his impassioned rap by offering to do whatever he can to motivate Congress to come to Puerto Rico’s aid.