Lin-Manuel Miranda Talks Star-Studded Puerto Rico Relief Song Featuring Fat Joe, Joell Ortiz & More

Proceeds from the "Almost Like Praying" single will go to hurricane relief efforts.

(AllHipHop News) Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda recruited 22 artists for the new single "Almost Like Praying." The song was created to raise money for hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

New York rappers Fat Joe and Joell Ortiz were included on the star-studded track inspired by "Maria" from West Side Story. Other Latin performers who contributed to the record include Gloria Estefan, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Rita Moreno, Luis Fonsi, and John Leguizamo.

Billboard caught up with Miranda to talk about "Almost Like Praying." He told the publication:

I wrote this song the day after the hurricane hit Puerto Rico. And one, we realized this storm was the worst storm to hit the island in modern history, and its name was Maria. And that’s the name of my favorite song from West Side Story. So I thought, how can I flip that negative connotation into something [positive] for Puerto Rico?

The Tony, Grammy, Emmy, and Pulitzer Prize winner added:

I think the construction of the song is just a function of how my brain works. I’m a guy who listens to show tunes and hip-hop and Latin music. And this song is all those things mashed together. There was a time when theater music and popular music were the same thing. You would go listen to Gershwin on the radio and you would go see Gershwin in the theater that night. My little side mission has been to get pop music and theater music to be friends again. And even subconsciously when I wrote this track as fast as I could to help Puerto Rico, that little side mission is present.

All of the proceeds from "Almost Like Praying" will be donated to the Hispanic Federation’s Unidos Disaster Relief Fund. The song is now available on iTunes and streaming platforms.

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