May 5, 2016


Lin-Manuel Miranda and J.J. Abrams Perform Song From 'Force Awakens': Watch

Here's some Star Wars folklore for you: Lin-Manuel Miranda—Broadway star/creator of Hamilton—actually composed a song featured in The Force Awakens. The cantina song, which was written in secret by Miranda and director J.J. Abrams, is called "Jabba Flow," and is a bouncy little jazz number sung entirely in Jabba the Hutt's Huttese language.

In honor of the film's unofficial holiday, May the Fourth, Miranda and Abrams played "Jabba Flow" as part of Hamilton's weekly #Ham4Ham performance outside of the Richard Rodgers theater in New York City. Watch video above. 

Abrams detailed how the whole thing came together: He ran into Miranda during a Hamilton production, the two started talking, and then the performer suggested, jokingly: “If you need music for the cantina, I’m your guy.” Abrams responded: "You're not going to believe this, I need music for the cantina." 

Miranda also added that the song will be available for streaming on the Star Wars official website. Additionally, The Verge notes that the song is available on iTunes, albeit for 99 cents, so you'll soon be able to keep "Jabba Flow" in your personal repertoire forever, ensuring that May the Fourth stays with you wherever you go.