British-American tenor Joshua Blue considers “What is America?” in this week’s songs.
Content Warning: All of the songs in this week’s collection contain strong language, and even stronger themes regarding the state of our nation. Content spans topics including, but not limited to: racism, immigration, police brutality, domestic terrorism, white supremacy, and intolerance.
“Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)” is from “The Hamilton Mixtape”, a collection of covers and re-imaginings of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical “Hamilton”. The piece speaks to the mistreatment of, and resentment towards immigrants in America, and the performers were handpicked by Miranda as people who he believed “represent all corners of the world, in line with the songs message”. The song forces the listener to wrestle with the notion that “in a country founded by immigrants, immigrant has somehow become a bad word”.
“You claim in stealing jobs/Peter Piper claimed he picked them/he just underpaid Pablo”
“Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)” – K’naan feat: Residente, Riz MC, David Diggs & Snow Tha Product