Okayplayer reports that “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda released the track as part of Hamildrops. The monthly series of new songs builds on the premise of the Hamilton Mixtape and features MCs dropping bars inspired by the musical’s themes of insurrection and hope. Other artists who have appeared on Hamildrops include Royce Da 5’9”, Black Thought and Arianna Afsar.
“Boom Goes the Cannon” is one of the last tracks Mobb Deep completed before Prodigy succumbed to sickle cell anemia complications in June 2017. Its music video features the lyrics emblazoned over black-and-white footage of the duo performing, as well as Havoc rapping in front of the New York City skyline.
“It was an honor being part of the ‘Hamilton’ project,” Havoc told Okayplayer. “I’m a huge fan of the musical [and] a history buff, so it was right up my alley. 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. He’ll forever be my ‘right-hand man.’”
“The family, friends, and colleagues of Prodigy of Mobb Deep would like to give an abundance of gratitude to those who have been supportive, shown loyalty, and dedication for the past 25 years,” Prodigy’s estate said in a separate statement to Okayplayer. “For his ‘Infamous’ ascendancy in hip hop, depicted through movies, books, and music. Above all, his advocacy on sickle cell awareness and the importance of adopting a healthy lifestyle. Let’s continue to honor Prodigy, by celebrating his life and legacy.”