The video was released on Monday (August 27) and is inspired by Miranda’s blockbuster Broadway musical Hamilton. “Boom Goes The Cannon” was originally released in June as part of Miranda’s #Hamildrops series before the one-year anniversary of Prodigy’s death on June 20, 2017.
“I paid homage to Mobb Deep in Hamilton by having Alexander Hamilton quote one of Prodigy’s most immortal lyrics: ‘I’m only 19 but my mind is old…’ They are New York hip-hop legends,” Miranda states in a press release.
The song’s visual consists of compiled footage of Prodigy’s onstage performances with Havoc, and several shots of Havoc and his crew in front of Queensbridge in New York City.
Havoc graciously spoke about Miranda who added “Boom Goes The Cannon” to his Hamildrops series in June.
“It was an honor being part of the Hamilton project just on the strength alone I’m a huge fan of the musical; I am a history buff so it was right up my alley,” Havoc said.
“This being one of the few last recordings I did with Prodigy definitely holds a special place in my heart and always will when I hear the record. Releasing the record now at this time of year after the passing of my partner in rhyme, Prodigy, is a great way to pay homage to him and continue not only Mobb’s legacy, but his as well. He’ll forever be my ‘right hand man.’”
The track is inspired by several lyrics from Hamilton’s “Right Hand Man,” which involves Havoc and Prodigy as the musical’s George Washington.
“There’s 32,000 troops in New York harbor. We outgunned, outmanned, and outnumbered,” Prodigy says to begin the song’s final verse. “We a powder keg about to explode / Wish we had a man like Hamilton to lighten the load.”