The song is inspired by “Maria” from West Side Story, which was also the name of the devastating Hurricane that destroyed the island last month.
“The name ‘Maria’ forever has a negative connotation for this island,” Miranda told USA Today. “It’s the worst storm in 100 years. It’s also the name of my favorite song from West Side Story. I kept thinking about that song, so I took a sample from the song Maria, to flip it. To literally flip the sample the same way we’re trying to flip the natural disaster into something positive.”
The song also names all 78 towns that were ravaged by Hurricane Maria.
Other artists appearing on the track include John Leguizamo, Ruben Blades, Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez and Juan Luis Guerra.