Lin-Manuel Miranda Taps Fat Joe, Joell Ortiz and More for New Song “Almost Like Praying” to Benefit Hurricane Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico
Another day, another admirable new effort to support those affected by Hurricane Maria and other natural disasters. This one comes courtesy of Hamilton scribe Lin-Manuel Miranda, who's tapped Fat Joe and Joell Ortiz among a slew of others for a new hurricane relief benefit song, "Almost Like Praying."
Also featured on the track are hispanic artists like Marc Anthony, Ruben Blades, Camila Cabello, Pedro Capo, Dessa, Gloria Estefan, Luis Fonsi, Juan Luis Guerra, Alex Lacamoire, John Leguizamo, Jennifer Lopez, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Rita Moreno, Ednita Nazario, Anthony Ramos, Gina Rodriguez, Gilberto Santa Rosa, PJ Sin Suela, Tommy Torres and Ana Villafañe. It's a diverse group, but it all sounds pretty seamless on the Latin beat.
For Fat Joe, this represents another effort to help those who need it most. Speaking with CNN recently, Joey explained that he felt the U.S. hadn't acted quickly enough after Hurricane Maria swept through Puerto Rico.
“We feel stranded,” Joe said at the time. “As U.S. citizens, Puerto Rico has paid their part. I have two little cousins that’s in the army right now, willing to give their life for this country. And the fact that it took so long to get any help out there, that’s what I mean. So we had to mobilize and power ourselves to collect canned foods and waters and women’s hygienes and toothpastes to give back to our own community, and that we did.”
Proceeds from "Almost Like Praying," which was produced by Jeffrey “Trooko” Penalva and features percussion from Willie Bobo Correa, will go to The Hispanic Federation's Unidos Disaster Relief Fund. For more information, visit the Hamilton creator's official "Almost Like Praying" website.
Listen to "Almost Like Praying" below.
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