After pandemic-related delays, prestigious director Steven Spielberg‘s remake of film and theater classic West Side Story will hit theaters in a matter of weeks. It looks like the Oscar-winning classic won’t be the only thing reimagined in the remake, as the film’s soundtrack will come with new spins on its award-winning songbook. We get our first hint of what to expect courtesy of Kali Uchis and Ozuna, who take on the film’s best-known song “America” and flip it for the modern age with “Another Day In America.”
“Another Day In America” is aimed at making the true nature of America known with biting lyrics that call out those who want to exclude everyone from the American dream. Kali brings up many of the country’s ills in her lyrics, making sure to note corporate greed, dishonest media and the border crisis that seems to occur on a regular basis. She then gets really frank on the chorus, where she sings, “Everything changed in America / Except nothing changed in America / Wanna tell me what’s America / But who do you think built America?” Ozuna, meanwhile, kicks a rhyme in Spanish that highlights the crucial contribution all cultures have made to the fabric of America, with an emphasis on the Latinx community.
“Another Day In America” has us wondering what other songs from the musical are in line for the reimagining treatment. We’ll eagerly anticipate those while you get an earful of Kali Uchis and Ozuna on the track when you press play.