The cast incorporated A Tribe Called Quest lyrics into both Wednesday shows.
Hamilton star and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda has been vocal about A Tribe Called Quest’s influence on his life and creativity. After one of the group’s founding members, Phife Dawg, died Tuesday, Miranda revealed on Twitter that the Hamilton cast honored him during both of Wednesday’s shows.
“Today’s audience got to hear Hamilton scream ‘Can I kick it?’ and Mulligan respond, ‘Yes ya can’ during Yorktown,” he tweeted after Wednesday’s matinee.
And in the evening he wrote, “Tonight’s audience heard Hamilton scream ‘here we go yo, here we go yo’ during Yorktown.”
“Here we go yo” is a line, sung over and over, from A Tribe Called Quest’s “Scenario” and “Can I Kick It” is one of the group’s most famous songs.”
After the rapper’s death, Miranda paid tribute to his legacy in Billboard and said, “Phife was so unapologetically himself. He rapped about being diabetic, he rapped about being 5 feet tall. He took the things that you think would discount someone from being able to have a career as an MC and made them superpowers.”