For a rapper who’s gained her street cred with punchy one-liners, Snow Tha Product didn’t disappoint in the freshly dropped video for “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done).” The Mexican-American rapper spits the truth backed up by K’Naan, Residente and Riz MC for this track off Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton Mixtape.
In 2016, Snow told hip-hop outlet The Source that representing her Mexicanness and her womanness has become a balancing act.
“Whenever artists like myself try to break away from that ‘don’t look at me as a female rapper, don’t look at me as a Latino rapper, just look at me as a rapper,’ our own community starts to be like, ‘Why aren’t you repping?” Snow said. “So you can’t win either way.”
She explained that being yourself and letting your work speak for you is the best method of celebrating your identities.
“No, it’s going to take away my Mexican card, but when you’re kind of assessing the whole situation like, ‘I’m still here, I’m still on, si habla Espanol pero,’ with no help at all, I’m just going to have to take it a little broader and represent everyone, you know. I got to do it and I can’t hold myself back anymore.”
Hailing from New York City, Residente is the Puerto Rican frontman of rap group Calle 13. The producer and rapper gained a Nobel Peace Summit Award in 2015 for his social justice work: from meeting with Latin American politicians to working with UNICEF and Amnesty International as well as politically charged lyrics.
And lastly, Riz MC, credited in cinematic works as Riz Ahmed, is British. The actor wrote for The Guardian in 2016 about the ways his Pakistani heritage has attracted negative attention — both in casting calls and in real life.
Shortly after releasing the video for “Immigrants,” Miranda announced the #Ham4All challenge to raise awareness for the Immigrants: We Get the Job Done Coalition. Celebrities including Ayesha Curry, Gina Rodriguez, Shonda Rhimes, Sara Ramirez, Aja Naomi King, Eva Longoria and Diane Guerrero uploaded videos and donated for the cause.