From generation to generation, from Kool G. Rap to Kendrick Lamar, rappers have mastered the craft of story telling to different types of instrumentals. Due to this it wasn’t shocking when Lin-Manuel Miranda managed to put together a hip hop musical based on Hamilton. However, no one could have expected the grand scale success of this show. Hamilton has become one of the biggest and most influential works in modern Broadway history. Hamilton, which is sold out for the next two years, has catapulted Lin-Manuel Miranda to near pop culture icon status. After the runaway success on Broadway, Miranda came together with members of The Roots to executive produce The Hamilton Mixtape. As Miranda recently told Vanity Fair, this is closer to his original vision for Hamilton:
I thought of this as a concept album like Jesus Christ Superstar; that was an album before it was staged as a show. I wanted to write really dense, fun lyrics like my favorite hip-hop artists did. I thought I would write a bunch of great songs that tell the greatest hits of Hamilton’s life, have artists cover it, and someone else would stage it later.
The Hamilton Mixtape features a who’s who of hip hop and R&B stars performing covers and original tracks inspired by Hamilton. Nas, Busta Rhymes, John Legend, The Roots, and Queen Latifah are just a few of the big names that join Lin Manuel-Miranda on this project. Chance The Rapper’s raspy cover of Dear Theodosia is something you never knew you wanted until now. Fans of the play get a bonus treat, Miranda has included his own performance of two demos that never made the on-stage version of the show.
Listen to the full mixtape below and let us know your thoughts.