The uncomfortable desire to separate the very distinct worlds of music and politics is simply unavoidable in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning musical about one of America’s most impactful politicians with "Hamilton: The Musical." The growingly famous actor/singer/songwriter has decided to go all-in for the final installment of his year-long Hamildrop remix initiative, recruiting former President, Barack Obama to appear with a spoken-word role in the new release of “One Last Time (44 Remix)."
The remix of “One Last Time” from the original Hamilton Soundtrack arrived on Friday, and includes singing performances from Christopher Jackson, who portrayed George Washington in the hit musical, R&B singer Bebe Winans and Barack Obama, who makes a subtle but impactful appearance about halfway through the recording as he recites a portion of Washington’s farewell address from when the very first U.S. President made history by voluntarily leaving office back in 1796. The recognizable voice of Obama can be heard chiming in shortly after the 1:40 minute mark in the audio-only video above.
“Though, in reviewing the incidents of my administration, I am unconscious of intentional error, I am nevertheless too sensible of my defects not to think it probable that I may have committed many errors,” Obama reads from the tail end of Washington’s lengthy address in the new recording. “I shall also carry with me the hope that my country will never cease to view them with indulgence; and that, after forty-five years of my life dedicated to its service with an upright zeal, the faults of incompetent abilities will be consigned to oblivion, as myself must soon be to the mansions of rest.”
The new recording was the 13th and final installment as part of Miranda’s year-long project which saw (and heard) the famous singer share a new version of songs from Hamilton each month in 2018. Other notable guest vocalists who contributed to the 2018 remix project included Sara Bareilles, “Weird Al” Yankovic and Mobb Deep, just to name a few.
Miranda also shared some moving images and video to his Twitter upon the release of his final remix recording on Friday. He shared an image of Obama in the studio where he was presumably recording his vocal part, in addition to posting the video from his performance at the White House back in 2009 when a then-unknown Miranda was testing out his Hamilton ideas for the very first time in front of the President. Mr. Miranda and President Obama’s relationship has certainly come a long way in the nine years since.
Gnight!— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) December 21, 2018
See you in 2019! pic.twitter.com/GZl4cxK6gO
The Hamildrops are almost over.— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) December 21, 2018
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