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Lin-Manuel Miranda Raises Money for Puerto Rico With Star-Studded Charity Single

Almost Like Praying

"Almost Like Praying" is a danceable, powerful track for the Puerto Ricans recovering from Hurricane Maria. 

Pop quiz. What do Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jennifer Lopez, Gloria Estefan, Fat Joe, Camila Cabello, Luis Fonsi, Marc Anthony, Gina Rodriguez, Ruben Blades, and Dessa have in common? Besides being famous, they've all teamed up for a new benefit single, called "Almost Like Praying," to help the people of Puerto Rico who are still fighting to recover from Hurricane Maria.

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While Donald Trump is busy throwing paper towels like basketballs into crowds of people there and being an all around awful human being, Miranda set to work on a powerful song for the Puerto Rican people. Don't feel bad about how much the song wants to make you dance, by the way--Miranda wants you to dance to it. "I was very wary of writing a song that felt like homework," Miranda told the New York Times. "I wanted to write a danceable tune that is just everywhere, and by being everywhere, is doing good."

In the nearly three and a half minute track, there's a line from the song "Maria" from West Side Story as well as a naming of all 78 towns and municipalities in Puerto Rico. Listen to the song and buy it because all proceeds from the track are going to the Hispanic Federation disaster relief fund, who have been providing aid to Puerto Ricans following Hurricane Maria.

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