This is Lin-Manuel Miranda.
He created the hit Broadway musical Hamilton that everyone you know has been quoting for months.
We learned A TON of stuff about Lin-Manuel that we’d never heard before, like…
1. The first time he felt represented in pop culture was the chihuahua in Oliver & Company, voiced by Cheech Marin.
“I was like, ‘That guy sounds like my uncle! That’s us.’ That’s how bad the 80s were when it came to Latinos.”
2. He was on the step team at Hunter High School, and on the last day of school, they performed the dance from Janet Jackson’s “If” video.
And his teammate was Irulan Wilson, who went on to appear on Real World: Vegas! (Which he didn’t watch, because it felt too close to home.)
3. He used to write political jingles for his dad.
Lin-Manuel’s dad is Luis A. Miranda, Jr., who worked under New York City mayor Ed Koch in the ’80s and is a founder and former president of the Hispanic Federation. Lin-Manuel composed specific moods of music for political candidates such as Al Sharpton and Eliot Spitzer.
4. His son Sebastian’s favorite music, at the moment, is Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly.
“When he was in the jumper, I would play all the loudest Busta Rhymes song I could. To see a baby dancing to ‘Gimme Some More’ is really the most joyous thing you’ll see in your life.” Parenting done right!
5. People think Lin-Manuel looks like Katt Williams.
Though his son thinks he looks like…everyone.
6. He found out, in the most hilarious way possible, the song that his parents were listening to when he was…conceived.
“My dad ran in from the other room and said, ‘Don’t you ever change the channel on [Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive”]. You were conceived to that song!’”
The Boom Boom Room Where It Happens, indeed.
8. When he saw Kanye and Kim sitting in the second row at Hamilton, he “winked the hell out of [him].”
10. During Hamilton performances, Lin-Manuel and co-star Daveed Diggs freestyle battle each other offstage while they’re waiting for their entrances during the song “The Room Where It Happens.”
11. Prominent musical theater composers have asked him to make them hip-hop primers. He sent an Aesop Rock track to Stephen Sondheim.
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