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Public Radio Present Hires Rapper for ‘Hamilton’-Model Tribute to Biden Treasury Secretary

The general public-radio business-news present Market has this ongoing love affair with Janet Yellen, Biden’s new Treasury Secretary. When she was nominated in November, host Kai Ryssdal gushed she was the “economic EGOT” — like somebody who’s received an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony — as a result of she’s already been head of the Federal Reserve and the Council of Financial Advisers. However now the gush has gotten ridiculous — they commissioned a Hamilton-style rap anthem touting Yellen, as a result of Biden instructed it. 

When then-President-elect Joe Biden introduced his intent to appoint Janet Yellen for secretary of the treasury, he joked that “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda ought to write a musical about her. 

“We would should ask Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote the musical concerning the first secretary of the treasury, ‘Hamilton,’ to put in writing one other musical for the primary girl secretary of the treasury — Yellen,” he stated.

Market requested Dessa, a member of the hip-hop collective Doomtree and one of many artists who contributed to The Hamilton Mixtape, to consider what which may sound like.

Ryssdal gushed over the rap tribute, with the title “Who’s Yellen Now?” He stated “I can’t inform you how a lot I really like this!”

He requested Dessa if she had ever been a pupil of financial or financial coverage earlier than, and he or she stated no. “I learn lots about her to be sure that she was someone who I’d wish to ship up,” she stated. “And it was actually thrilling to change into a fan of Janet Yellen.”

“The three of us who labored on this tune … I don’t assume we’ve ever had a lot enjoyable,” Dessa informed Ryssdal. “It was like, how can we get out of this regular rap recreation and into this [cabinet] appointment area of interest as a result of it was a lot enjoyable to put in writing.”


Doves on the left, hawks on the suitable

Crosstalk within the flock tryna combat mid-flight

However right here comes Yellen with that inside voice

By no means thoughts the gentle method, insurance policies make noise

She’s 5-foot nothing, however hand to God

She will pop a collar, she will be able to rock an influence bob

Bay Ridge signify! Brooklyn’s within the cupboard!

Rattling, Janet, go and get it — Fifth in line for president!

She is aware of the kinda stimulus it takes to cross a buck

I heard she known as the housing disaster  She’s certified as ffff —

It solely took a pair centuries The primary feminine secretary of the treasury  


Don’t need no tax evasion

Forgers faking in her treasury

Making an attempt for larger wages

For the nation much less disparity

The present gushed the tune was obtainable on Spotify, Apple Music, and different streaming providers. Take heed to the interview and tune beneath: 

Market is syndicated to public radio stations by St. Paul-based American Public Media. You possibly can contact them here.

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