The Hamilton Mixtape

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The Hamilton Mixtape
The Hamilton Mixtape album cover 2016.jpg
Mixtape by
Various artists
ReleasedDecember 2, 2016 (2016-12-02)
Recorded2015–2016
Genre
LabelAtlantic
Producer
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic77/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
Pitchfork4.8/10[2]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[3]

The Hamilton Mixtape is a 2016 mixtape album featuring assorted songs from the 2015 Broadway musical Hamilton performed by various artists, as well as some deleted songs from the musical. It was widely well-received by fans and critics alike.

Background[edit]

In 2009, Lin-Manuel Miranda began a project titled The Hamilton Mixtape that would eventually transform into the 2015 Broadway musical Hamilton.[4] During the development of the musical production, Miranda frequently communicated that a "mixtape" of select songs from the show's score was being recorded.

On November 3, 2016, Miranda announced on Twitter that the mixtape was complete and would be released on December 2, 2016. Preorders for the album began on November 4, 2016, and two songs were officially released: Kelly Clarkson's "It's Quiet Uptown" and The Roots' "My Shot."[5] "The following Friday, at midnight in all time zones, "Satisfied" and "Immigrants (We Get The Job Done)" were released, followed by "Wait For It" and "Wrote My Way Out" the Friday after. In addition to its digital, compact disc and vinyl record releases, a 12-song cassette tape version of the album was also made available on February 10, 2017, featuring the original explicit versions of the songs.[6]

Commercial performance[edit]

The Hamilton Mixtape debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with 187,000 album-equivalent units, of which 169,000 were pure album sales.[7] It marks the largest sales in a week for a compilation album since Cruel Summer by GOOD Music in 2012, and is the first compilation album to reach number one since Now 50 in 2014.[7] According to Nielsen Music, the cassette version of the album sold just under 3,000 units in the year of 2017, in conjunction with the increase of overall cassette sales increasing by 35 percent the same year.[8]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."No John Trumbull (Intro)" (The Roots)Lin-Manuel Miranda0:46
2."My Shot (Rise Up Remix)" (The Roots featuring Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz and Nate Ruess)Mike Elizondo4:31
3."Wrote My Way Out" (Nas, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Aloe Blacc)Illmind4:21
4."Wait for It" (Usher)MirandaDwayne "Supa Dups" Chin-Quee3:28
5."An Open Letter (Interlude)" (Watsky featuring Shockwave)Miranda
  • Shockwave
  • Bill Sherman
1:08
6."Satisfied" (Sia featuring Miguel and Queen Latifah)Miranda
  • Elizondo
  • Tony Esterly[a]
5:18
7."Dear Theodosia" (Regina Spektor featuring Ben Folds)Miranda2:25
8."Valley Forge (Demo)" (Lin-Manuel Miranda)MirandaMiranda2:46
9."It's Quiet Uptown" (Kelly Clarkson)MirandaJason Halbert4:37
10."That Would Be Enough" (Alicia Keys)Miranda4:04
11."Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)" (K'naan, Snow tha Product, Riz MC and Residente)Trooko4:41
12."You'll Be Back" (Jimmy Fallon and the Roots)Miranda
4:10
13."Helpless" (Ashanti featuring Ja Rule)MirandaFrequency3:35
14."Take a Break (Interlude)" (Illmind)MirandaIllmind0:48
15."Say Yes to This" (Jill Scott)
  • Miranda
  • Scott
  • Aaron Pearce
Pearce3:50
16."Congratulations" (Dessa)Miranda
2:11
17."Burn" (Andra Day)MirandaElizondo3:39
18."Stay Alive (Interlude)" (J.Period and Stro Elliot) 
  • J.Period
  • Elliot
0:33
19."Cabinet Battle 3 (Demo)" (Lin-Manuel Miranda)Miranda2:49
20."Washingtons by Your Side" (Wiz Khalifa)ID Labs2:55
21."History Has Its Eyes on You" (John Legend)MirandaLegend3:16
22."Who Tells Your Story" (The Roots featuring Common and Ingrid Michaelson)
Illmind4:13
23."Dear Theodosia (Reprise)" (Chance the Rapper and Francis and the Lights)Miranda
  • Francis and the Lights
  • Peter Cottontale
  • Nico Segal
  • Chance the Rapper
3:39

Notes[edit]

Hamildrops[edit]

In a tweet posted about a month before the Mixtape's release, Lin-Manuel Miranda implied that the album released on December 2 would only be the first volume, hinting at a Vol 2 to be released later.[9] However, about a year later, Miranda admitted he was having trouble compiling a second album that satisfied him as much as the first mixtape, and cancelled the second volume, announcing that instead he would be releasing 13 tracks, once a month, over the following year. He referred to these releases as "Hamildrops."[10]

Ben Franklin's Song[edit]

On December 14, 2017, the same day as announcing the Hamildrops, Miranda announced that the first release would be "Ben Franklin's Song" by The Decemberists. The song's lyrics are taken from lyrics to an unused Hamilton song that Miranda had written with the band in mind. The finished track had lyrics written by Miranda and music written by Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy.[10] The song was released the following day, and was received warmly by fans and historians alike.[11]

The Hamilton Polka[edit]

On March 2, 2018 (referred to as "February 30" by Miranda), a polka medley of songs from the musical recorded and arranged by "Weird Al" Yankovic was released.

Found/Tonight[edit]

On March 19, 2018, Miranda released a mashup of the songs "Story of Tonight" from Hamilton and "You Will Be Found" from the musical Dear Evan Hansen, sung as a duet with Ben Platt. A portion of the proceeds are being donated in support of the March for Our Lives initiative. The following weekend, Miranda and Platt performed the song together along with frequent Miranda collaborator Alex Lacamoire (who had also orchestrated both shows) at the March for Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C. on March 24.

First Burn[edit]

On April 30, 2018, Miranda released a preliminary version of the song "Burn" performed by five singers who were currently or had previously played the role of Eliza; Arianna Afsar, Julia Harriman, Lexi Lawson, Rachelle Ann Go and Shoba Narayan.

Other Hamildrops[edit]

On January 26, 2018, Miranda released a remix of "Wrote My Way Out" from Hamilton by Royce da 5'9", Joyner Lucas, & Black Thought featuring Aloe Blacc. A few days earlier, on the 19th, he released a music video on YouTube for the version from the Mixtape.

On May 31, 2018, a cover of "Helpless" performed by The Regrettes was released.

On June 18, 2018, Miranda released "Boom Goes the Cannon...," a song written and performed by rap duo Mobb Deep. The release of this song was nearly a year after Mobb Deep member Prodigy passed away, with Miranda tweeting "Rest in peace, Prodigy. Thank you Havoc." [12]

July's Hamildrops were delayed to the last week of August[13][14]. The first one was "Rise Up Wise Up Eyes Up," a Hamliton-inspired piece by Ibeyi. The second was a YouTube music video of Andra Day's cover of Burn from the original soundtrack.

On September 20, 2018, Miranda released "A Forgotten Spot (Olvidado)" featuring Puerto Rican singers Zion & Lennox, De La Ghetto, Ivy Queen, PJ Sin Suela and Lucecita Benitez.[15]

On October 30, 2018, a cover of a deleted reprise of "Dear Theodosia" performed by Sara Bareilles was released.[16]

"Cheering For Me Now", a new original song with music by Broadway composer John Kander and performed by Miranda, was released with an accompanying video on November 20, 2018.[17]

On December 21, 2018, "One Last Time (44 Remix)" was released as the final Hamildrop. It is a remix of "One Last Time" featuring vocals from Original Broadway Cast Member Christopher Jackson, BeBe Winans, and 44th President of the United States Barack Obama.[18]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[27] Gold 500,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Awards[edit]

Year Award type Category Result
2017 MTV Video Music Awards Best Fight Against The System[28]
(for "Immigrants (We Get The Job Done)")
Won

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Greene, Jayson (December 10, 2016). "Various Artists: The Hamilton Mixtape". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
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  28. ^ http://people.com/music/mtv-vmas-complete-winners-list/

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