The Newest Artist to Break the Billboard R&B Chart? Barack Obama!

The former president is featured on Lin-Manuel Miranda's "One Last Time (44 Remix)"

January 4, 2019

It's hard not to have heard of "Hamilton:  An American Musical."  Just in case you haven't, though, how about "Moana"?  Or, or, that guy in the new Mary Poppins?  Have you seen him?

It is the same individual behind this whole body of work...Lin-Manuel Miranda, an actor and playwrite who has garnered international acclaim since 2016 when "Hamilton" hit Broadway.  He wrote the songs for Moana, and stars in "Mary Poppins Returns", not to mention "In the Heights" and the Hamilton mixtape.  

And, due to his continued work on that mixtape...featuring monthly "Hamildrops" which are tracks inspired by the show and the artists who influenced Lin in writing the music...we now live in a world where the newest artist to break onto the Billboard R&B chart is...BARACK OBAMA???

Yes, you read that correctly.  The latest Hamildrop features the song "One Last Time" from the original Hamilton musical.  However, this version is also the "44 remix".  The middle of the song includes the direct words of George Washington's farewell address when he steps down from the presidency after two terms.  In the show, it is sung by George Washington's character, played by Christopher Jackson.

In the 44 remix...see where this is going?...that address is read by none other than former president Barack Obama.

The song entered at 22nd on the Hot R&B chart with 307,000 on-demand U.S. streams and 9,000 downloads sold in the week ending Dec. 27.

You can listen to "One Last Time (44 Remix)" below!