Rita Moreno Is So Inspired by ‘Hamilton’ That She Rapped Her Berklee Commencement Address

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Rita Moreno, the 84-year-old who is flyer than all of us, is up on her pop culture references. So when it came time to deliver the commencement address at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, Rita decided to rap a part of it. Rita couldn’t have picked a better school to test out her rap skills. She tried to motivate the Class of 2016 by telling them that they need to have the “audacity, the pluck, the grit, the perspicacity.”

And she also explained that she decided to rap because of Hamilton – the hit Broadway play that’s racking up awards, breaking records, and is completely impossible to watch unless you have $$$$ to burn. In her speech, Rita says she’s seen Hamilton three times.

With this and Sarah Jessica Parker wearing a Hamilton-inspired outfit at the 2016 Met Gala, it’s clear that there’s no escaping America’s hottest ticket.