Hamilton continues to be a cultural wonder that has transcended the Broadway stage, gone on to perform at the Grammy Awards, debuted at the top of the rap Billboard chart, and now it is getting its own mixtape. The mixtape is to take celebrities and performers that we already know and have them remix and redo the songs from Hamilton.
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The Hamilton Mixtape - which is what it has been dubbed by the composer and performer Lin-Manuel Miranda - will feature covers, remixes, and tracks that were inspired by the juggernaut Broadway musical about Alexander Hamilton, the Founding Father that America forgot. Some of the artists that have already been tapped to perform include Sia, Usher, Chance the Rapper, Busta Rhymes, Ben Folds, Regina Spektor, and Queen Latifah, according to TheaterMania.
The album will be released by Atlantic Records, and is expected to be released in the fall. Meanwhile, the show's cast album continues to amaze and astonish throngs of people. It has been on the charts for 21 weeks and currently sits at number 17 on the Billboard 200, thanks to support from its Grammy win for Best Musical Theater Album and amazing performance on the show.
Miranda, who seems to have more energy than anyone else walking the face of the earth, announced plans for the mixtape back in October, tweeting: “So the show is done. Cast album is out. Now we begin planning The Hamilton Mixtape. Remixes & Covers & Inspired bys. FOR REAL. GET READY.”
One of the names in particular seems to be really exciting to Miranda: Busta Rhymes. He was the first important backstage visitor to the show when it was still off-Broadway at the Public Theater and helped inspire some of the songs. “He was really the first hip-hop artist to see Hamilton, and it’s very hard to overstate how much I love Busta Rhymes as a hip-hop artist,” said Miranda. “That was the most nervous I’ve been for a person to see the show because his opinion meant everything to me.”
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He continued: “You meet your heroes, and they want to dissect it! People that I spent hundreds of hours dissecting and memorizing their lyrics, as a hip-hop fan, are now talking to me about the way they go back and forth in ‘Washington On Your Side.’ That’s the stuff I never could have dreamed. I was just in the studio making this Hamilton mixtape and having a twenty-minute conversation with one of my favorite rappers about the art of doubling.”