Hamilton Mixtape Release Date

Just casually popping in to say…

The Hamilton Mixtape has a release date!

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The Hamilton Mixtape is a joint effort made possible by both Lin-Manuel Miranda and Questlove. Featuring artists such as Alicia Keys, Chance the Rapper, Watsky, and Sia, the mixtape is not only going to be a lyrical masterpiece (not unlike the musical itself) but also a vocal gem.

Here’s the track list:

1. No John Trumbull (Intro) — The Roots

2. My Shot (feat. Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz, and Nate Ruess) [Rise Up Remix] — The Roots

3. Wrote My Way Out — Nas, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Aloe Blacc

4. Wait for It — Usher

5. An Open Letter (feat. Shockwave) [Interlude] — Watsky

6. Satisfied (feat. Miguel and Queen Latifah) – Sia

7. Dear Theodosia (feat. Ben Folds) — Regina Spektor

8. Valley Forge (Demo) — Lin-Manuel Miranda

9. It’s Quiet Uptown — Kelly Clarkson

10. That Would Be Enough — Alicia Keys

11. Immigrants (We Get rhe Job Done) — K’naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC, Residente

12. You’ll Be Back — Jimmy Fallon and The Roots

13. Helpless (feat. Ja Rule) — Ashanti

14. Take a Break (Interlude) — !llmind

15. Say Yes to This — Jill Scott

16. Congratulations — Dessa

17. Burn — Andra Day

18. Stay Alive (Interlude) — J.PERIOD and Stro Elliot

19. Slavery Battle (Demo) — Lin-Manuel Miranda

20. Washingtons by Your Side – Wiz Khalifa

21. History Has Its Eyes on You — John Legend

22. Who Tells Your Story (feat. Common and Ingrid Michaelson) — The Roots

23. Dear Theodosia (Reprise) — Chance The Rapper and Francis and The Lights

The mixtape is now available for pre-order and will be officially released on December 2, 2016.

Lin-Manuel Miranda Hosts SNL

If you don’t know how big of a crush I have on Lin-Manuel Miranda by now, then, do you even read here? I had no idea who this guy was until my freshman year roommate Paige started talking about some musical named Hamilton. Paige and I are the same person, to put it simply. We like the same tv shows, books, movies, clothes, you name it. So, basically, we’re the greatest nerds this world has ever seen. And we love it. 

I listened to Hamilton all the way through on the first go. I couldn’t put it down. I actually stayed up until 4:30 in the morning listening to a musical because I couldn’t put it down. I’m serious. (I’m also a nerd, but hey, beggars can’t be choosers.) I analyzed every piece of that musical as if it were an English assignment. There are so many little phrases and notations and repeats that go unnoticed until you replay the entire thing a few times round. It’s a work of literary art as well as musical art.

So naturally when I heard that he was going to be hosting SNL I girly-screamed, did a little dance, and immediately told Paige. I think we were both more excited about this one tv segment than the entire musical itself!

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Here’s my favorite part:

Isn’t he just the greatest? It’s got me wanting to take acting classes all over again!

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A Playlist for the Week

I promise this isn’t all I listen to, even though it seems like it some weeks.

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P.S. my friends are probably glad I’ve taken a Hamilton Hiatus (because I’ve had a serious voice-crush on Lin Manuel Miranda since his carpool karaoke sesh)

A Playlist for the Week

Instead of a playlist this week I’m just going to rant about Hamilton.

Has anyone out there listened to the whole thing, all three hours, in one sitting? Am I the only one?

Well let me tell you, it’s beautiful. Not even just that, it’s glorious. It has:

  • beat boxing
  • rap battles
  • swelling classical ensembles
  • piano jams
  • and so much more

Has anyone fact checked this? Everything I know about US history and everything I’ve picked out of this musical genius soundtrack is accurate. Factually correct. And rhymes. Who couldn’t love rap battles between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson? Maybe it’s the history nerd in me but I’m head over heels for this soundtrack and dearly disappointed that I didn’t take the chance to listen to it when it first debuted.

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What are your thoughts?

xo Bailey