It’s November 3, 2016. The Chicago Cubs have just won the World Series for the first time in 108 years. And yet, news of this historic curse breaking has been overtaken on my Twitter feed by something that has been long awaited, if for a significantly shorter amount of time.
Yes, friends. Lin-Manuel Miranda has announced that The Hamilton Mixtape will be arriving in our iTunes all too soon. And he even gifted us with some album art and the track list. A happy November 3rd to us all!
For those who don’t know, the first plan that Lin-Manuel Miranda had about Alexander Hamilton was about creating a mixtape about the first Secretary of the Treasury’s life. It soon became clear that the story he wanted to tell was suited for a musical, but he kept with the idea of the mixtape. When the original Broadway cast album for Hamilton dropped in September 2015, Miranda promised that The Hamilton Mixtape would also be happening. For the past year, he has been quietly dropping hints and mentioning his excitement on social media. Today we can finally see what he was so excited about.
At a first glance, the track list demonstrates that this album is going to be a lot of fun to listen to. It includes cut tracks that I have only heard about, remixes that include some very famous people, and covers that will most likely make me cry.
I’m excited about all of it. But an immediate scan (and then a few minutes of contemplation) has brought me to six songs that I can’t wait to put on repeat come December 2nd:
Satisfied (Sia feat. Miguel & Queen Latifah)
Just thinking about Sia singing the Angelica vocal runs is giving me chills. And QUEEN LATIFAH rapping about her attraction to Alexander Hamilton might be my new cause of death.
It’s Quiet Uptown (Kelly Clarkson)
Full disclosure: this is my favorite song from Hamilton, and I’m intrigued by what Clarkson is going to sound like. Beautiful, I am sure.
Wrote My Way Out (Nas, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Aloe Blacc)
The title is from the song “Hurricane,” and with that mixture of artists I can only imagine how cool this will be.
Helpless (Ashanti feat. Ja Rule)
This is the first song I saw that stopped me dead in my tracks and made me think OH MY GOD THIS IS PERFECT. Lin-Manuel Miranda based part of his performance in this song on the OBC recording on Ja Rule, so bringing these two artists onto this track made me lose my mind.
History Has Its Eyes On You (John Legend)
I’m already crying. This song is lovely when Chris Jackson sings it, and I trust in John Legend to bring it to a whole other level.
Who Tells Your Story (The Roots feat. Common & Ingrid Michaelson)
Once again, it is an amazing mix of artists. Also, I am crying again because the harmonies are going to be incredible.
And there are others I am very excited about (Alicia Keys! Regina Spektor! Usher!) that are going to make The Hamilton Mixtape a very enjoyable listening experience.
Overall, I think this will be an entertaining intriguing edition to the Hamilton mania. The Hamilton Mixtape brings Miranda’s ideas full circle and will hopefully provide us with some joy as we enter into 2017.
2016 has been a year of ups and downs. But today the Cubs have won the World Series, and we have been gifted with the news of new takes on Hamilton. So it can’t be all that bad.