Yellen thanks rapper behind Hamilton-style song about her: ‘Your tune is money’
Janet Yellen, who was sworn in Tuesday as the first-ever female Treasury secretary, took to social media to thank rapper Dessa for releasing a “money” song in her honor.
The tune, titled “Who’s Yellen Now?,” is a “Hamilton”-style ode to the former chair of the Federal Reserve, performed by Dessa, a contributor on “The Hamilton Mixtape.”
Biden inspired the tune when he introduced Yellen back in December. He joked during the administration personnel announcement that Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton” about the nation’s first secretary of the treasury Alexander Hamilton, now needed to write a second musical about Yellen.
“We might have to ask Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote the musical about the first Secretary of Treasury Hamilton, to write another musical about the first woman secretary of the Treasury Yellen,” President-elect Biden says. https://t.co/Rnbb1fWHfT pic.twitter.com/QT3rhpzR5F
— ABC News Live (@ABCNewsLive) December 1, 2020
Dessa answered the call when she was prompted by Marketplace to create her own rendition of what a Yellen-inspired “Hamilton” storyline might sound like.
The rapper tweeted out her song, which features lyrics like, “Damn Janet, go and get it, fifth in line for president,” shortly after Yellen was sworn into office Tuesday.
“Congratulations, Madam Secretary,” Dessa wrote.
“Come 5 o’clock, I imagine many a mojito will be lifted in your honor,” she added, in a nod to the song lyrics that go, “Lift up your mojitos, because she manages the mint.”
Congratulations, Madam Secretary. Come 5 o’clock, I imagine many a mojito will be lifted in your honor. https://t.co/gvTzoRMeCw
— Dessa (@dessadarling) January 26, 2021
Yellen responded, cheekily thanking the rapper for her “money” song.
@DessaDarling your tune is “money”. Thanks for the mood music, I’ll take it from here.
— Janet Yellen (@JanetYellen) January 26, 2021
“Thanks for the mood music, I’ll take it from here,” she added.
The U.S. Treasury account joined in on the fun, tweeting in response to the mojito comment: “@usmint We’ll bring the mint.”
And now I am dead. pic.twitter.com/wp9mu8u9rh
— Dessa (@dessadarling) January 27, 2021