It’s been just over a year since the hit musical Hamilton made its Broadway debut at the Richard Rogers Theater in New York, and the shows hype has yet to die down. Within this time Hamilton has won 11 Tony awards, a Grammy, and even been honored with the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Those lucky enough to snag tickets, even if they were several thousand dollars, had the privilege to experience a cultural phenomenon. Although Lin-Manuel Miranda, the brilliant mind behind Hamilton and the initial face of Alexander on Broadway, has stepped down from his role, he isn’t quite finished with Hamilton. Miranda initially envisioned Hamilton to be a hip-hop concept album, rather than an initial stage adaptation but through the creative process the album and stage development were switched. Hamilton debuted and the rest was history, however, Miranda’s concept album is about to drop.
After months of teaser tweets and vague whispers of the album, Miranda has finally set a release date for The Hamilton Mixtape: Dec. 2, 2016. The album features songs from the hit musical, in addition to songs that never hit the stage and to make the songs unique, they are sung by artists that actively challenge and inspire the music industry today. Some of these artists include Sia, The Roots, Chance The Rapper, Queen Latifa and more. While we have to wait for the entire album to be released, Nov. 4, 2016 brought a glimpse of what’s to come: an early release of 2 songs offering a taste of the album. The 2 songs were It’s Quiet Uptown recorded by Kelly Clarkson and My Shot recorded by The Roots, Nate Ruess, Busta Rhymes, and Joell Ortiz.
Whether you are a fan of Hamilton or hip-hop, The Hamilton Mixtape has much to offer audiences as it provides a new perspective on Broadway, hip-hop, and creativity. The musical continues to inspire artists around the globe as performances slowly begin to spread from New York City. Hamilton’s Schuyler sisters were right when they sang, “How lucky we are to be alive right now!”