This past Friday morning, creator of “Hamilton,” Lin-Manuel Miranda dropped “One Last Time (44 Remix) featuring the former president, Barack Obama.
The work is a gospel version of a song from the cult-following musical.
About halfway through the song, Obama delivers a section of George Washington’s farewell address over guitar and piano.
“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 begins.
He then goes on to read Washington’s joys of retirement as well as being able to enjoy “the benign influence of good laws under a free government, the ever-favorite object of my heart.”
And just after Miranda dropped the song, he posted to Twitter a picture of Obama in the studio.
Starting last year, Miranda started releasing Miranda’s “Hamildrops,” in an effort to raise money for various nonprofits.
The song is the final installment in the series.
The track also features an original “Hamilton” cast member, Christopher Jackson, and was produced by the gospel musician Bebe Winans and Alex Lacamoire — the orchestrator of “Hamilton.
“One Last Time” is an appropriate choice for Obama, Miranda had shared back in 2015 with The Hollywood Reporter.
He went on to say how the song was influenced by “Yes We Can,” a Will.i.am track that also featured one of Obama’s speeches over acoustic guitar.
Additionally, Miranda and Jackson performed the original “One Last Time” at the White House back in 2016.
This is also not Obama’s first time being featured on a record.
Back in 2015, Obama was featured on Coldplay’s “Kaleidoscope” which featured a bit of Obama singing “Amazing Grace,” from his eulogy to the victims of the shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.
Folks were excited to say the least over the remix, with commenters on Twitter saying:
“What a year. Proud of you. Grateful for you. Thanks for all you’ve done this year, and for all the things you created that gave us hope and joy. For all those things that made us feel like a kid again when we forgot, you never did.”
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“We have just witnessed the best mic drop in recorded history.”
“Words cannot describe the love and respect, Lin-Manuel is the truth!”
“On the darkest day of the year…light from this amazing music and these brilliant people.”
“Wow… you truly spoil us. So beyond incredibly thankful for you, your brain, your heart, your talents…just everything.
Miranda recently opened Hamilton in Puerto Rico, returning as the main character.
Additionally, both himself as well as few other colleagues of his have purchased the Midtown Drama Book Shop, saving the shop.
Miranda has been an advocate for the shop for years and wanted to keep it alive since the store decided they would rather disappear than pay the huge rent increase back in October.
Miranda will now be the owner along with Thomas Kail, Hamilton director, Jeffery Seller, Hamilton lead producer, and James L. Nederlander.
The group will be in search of finding affordable rent for the century old store after it closes its doors at its current location at 40th Street on January 20th.
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