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Barack Obama Featured in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Last Hamildrop”

Lin-Manuel Miranda became nostalgic as he reminisced of his collection of “Hamildrops” in his latest Twitter thread.

The star and creator of the Broadway hit released short mixtapes called “Hamildrops” every month in 2018. “Hamildrops” are thirteen songs related to Hamilton that feature various artists and composers. Miranda also includes “Hamildemos” that are released in SoundCloud.

Miranda takes a walk down memory lane to when he first performed the original version of “Alexander Hamilton” at the White House Evening of Poetry, Music, and the Spoken Word in 2009. Miranda was accompanied by Alex Lacamorie, one of the co-creators of Hamilton, and they received standing ovations from audience members, including former president Barack Obama.

(L-R) Lin-Manuel Miranda, Andy Blankenbuehler, Thomas Kail, and Alex Lacamoire.

On December 2, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alex Lacamorie joined the rest of the co-creators of Hamilton, Andy Blankenbuehler and Thomas Kail, in receiving honors for Hamilton and their contribution to the performing arts at the Kennedy Center Honors. The fantastic four assembled in the early workshop days of Hamilton in 2013. Kail directed as Lacamoire musically directed the production. Blankenbuehler choreographed the musical while Miranda composed and wrote the lyrics.

Flash forward to 2018, when Miranda dropped the final “Hamildrop,” “One Last Time (44 Remix).” The original “One Last Time” is featured in the soundtrack of Hamilton, sung by cast members Lin-Manuel Miranda and Christopher Jackson. The song foretells their characters, Alexander Hamilton and George Washington, of the ending mark of Washington’s presidency: his farewell address. 

In “One Last Time”, George Washington sings in the background of the speech as Alexander Hamilton takes the lead. When Washington begins to sing, it’s similar to will.i.am’s song “Yes We Can,” which was promotional support for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. 

Opposed to the original, the 44 Remix is sung by Christopher Jackson where he reprises his role as Washington, accompanied by the vocals of Christian singer Bebe Winans. The 44th President Barack Obama speaks the farewell address that Alexander Hamilton provides for George Washington as he reflects on Washington’s actual farewell address. 

Lin-Manuel Miranda closes 2018 with a behind-the-scene picture of Barack Obama, Christopher Jackson, Alex Lacamoire and Thomas Kail. 

“One Last Time (44 Remix)” is Miranda’s last Christmas present to his fans as it is his last tweet until 2019. 

Featured image adapted from YouTube

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