Workhorse composer Lin-Manuel Miranda announced yet another reason for “Hamilton” fans to get excited: a mixtape.
The mixtape will feature music inspired by the musical and will be released in the near future. It will be interesting to hear remixes or covers of the known and loved songs done by famous singers and rappers to hear completely new material inspired by the legendary musical, especially for fans who haven’t been able to satisfy their “Hamilton” craving.
A lot of fans have yearned to go see the real play performed live on Broadway, but unfortunately all the tickets are booked for months. Even if there happen to be available seats, $500 tickets dissuade most of those interested.
For the time being, the closest one can get to the real thing is watching behind-the scene-documentaries and listening to the cast recording.
Initially announced in October last year, Miranda tweeted, “So the show is done. Cast album is out. Now we begin planning the Hamilton Mixtape. Remixes & Covers & Inspired bys. FOR REAL. GET READY.”
Now that it’s March, many months have been put into the mixtape and artists have been attached to the project.
Chance the Rapper, Common, Sia, Usher, Busta Rhymes and Queen Latifah are some of the stars recording on this album. The large variety of talent involved will be able to capture the varying styles the “Hamilton” covers. From hardcore rap to emotional ballads, these talented artists will be able to easily handle any song on the original cast recording or even a new song inspired by the musical.
One new song that Miranda will be including is a rap battle about slavery. According to a statement he made at the New Yorker Festival, Miranda originally wanted the slavery rap, done in the typical battle fashion, to be in the musical, but it brought the action to a halt. This new mixtape is a chance to include the ferocious rap because it doesn’t have to worry about fitting into a flowing story.
This new mixtape is sure to only enhance the amazing phenomenon that is “Hamilton.” Oceans rise and empires may fall, but the new exciting music will captivate longtime fans of the musical while even interesting newcomers.