If you were excited for the Best Original Song Moana performance of "How Far I'll Go," I bet you were even more thrilled to hear Lin-Manuel Miranda's Moana rap intro at the 2017 Oscars, weren't you? Before Auli'i Cravalho took the stage and sang her heart out, Miranda introduced her with the most perfect and empowering rap.
His entire intro goes as follows:
Before she sings a solo, shall I set the scene? Picture a young warrior not even 17. She dreams of open seas, she’s full of hope and sees a future where she sets a sail and row against the open breeze. She doesn’t know that she’s a voyage in descendant. Impatient, independent, heart of nature in that pendant. The ocean’s at her feet. She opens her eyes to find her mind is on her island but her eye’s on the horizon line.
I mean, does it get more powerful than that? It's all about a young woman's dreams, taking a risk, and going after what she wants. He also raps about Moana's inspiring strengths, including how independent she is and how she'll never give up on what she wants in life.
That's exactly the type of role model young girls need in their lives, don't you agree?
You can watch his rap and the entire performance above. Feel free to watch it on repeat, like everyone is probably doing.