If for some reason you’ve had your internet access restricted for the past year, the Broadway musical Hamilton has been changing the game in a multitude of ways.
From the concept itself—Hamilton is a hip-hop-inspired biography of founding father Alexander Hamilton—to the support it’s received from the hip-hop community and the spotlight it’s shined on musicals to a modern audience, Hamilton has been revolutionary.
Inspired by the musical’s support from hip-hop culture, writer/composer Lin-Manuel Miranda has assembled a spin-off project entitled The Hamilton Mixtape, which will reportedly feature covers of songs from the musical as well as interpolations of others.
Today (November 3), Miranda released the official tracklist for the project, and good lord this thing is stacked.
Let’s break this down real quick.
For starters, we’ve got a heavy presence from The Roots, not a surprising move considering Questlove and Black Thought were executive producers of Hamilton’s original broadway cast recording. Beyond that, we’ve got Sia and Miguel collaborating with Queen Latifah, K’Naan collaborating with Snow Tha Product, a random Wiz Khalifa appearance, and Chance The Rapper alongside his favorite group, Francis And The Lights. That's a lot to take in.
And did I mention we’re getting our first Ashanti and Ja Rule collab since 2004’s “Wonderful." What?! This tracklist is all over the damn place, in the best way possible.
Nas makes an appearance with recent Def Jam signee Dave East, neo-soul legends Jill Scott and John Legend both make appearances and outside the realm of hip-hop and R&B, a Regina Spektor track with Ben Folds? Even the hipster in me is gushing!
The Hamilton Mixtape drops December 2, but pre-orders for the project will be available tomorrow (November 4), so prepare for a musical smorgasbord headed your way in the very near future.
Until the project drops, we can only dream of the amalgamation of dopeness that’s about to grace our ears.
By Brent Bradley. Follow him on Twitter.
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