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Track By Track Review: The Hamilton Mixtape

Posted on December 2, 2016 by

When Hamilton creator Lin Manuel Miranda announced that his hit hip hop musical would be releasing a mixtape with some of the show’s tunes remixed by some of our favourites.. the internet imploded.

Lin-Manuel Miranda rounded up artists old and new from all genres to put together the Hamilton Mixtape, including The Roots, Ashanti, Ja Rule, Kelly Clarkson, Sia, Alicia Keys, Jimmy Fallon, Usher, John Legend and so many more.

Hamilton Mixtape is another brilliant move by the show’s creator, and we can definitely expect to see this remix of sorts on the top of the charts  — much like the official musical soundtrack which has gone double platinum. These unique takes on the shows ever popular soundtrack are sure to have the Hamilfans around the world jumping for joy for months to come.

Here’s what we thought of every track off the Hamilton Mixtape:

 

My Shot (feat. Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz & Nate Ruess) – Rise Up Remix


This was one of the first songs released from the mixtape, and it just solidified the excitement everyone was feeling about it. It’s gritty, raw, and…just so great.

 

Wrote My Way Out (Nas, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Aloe Blacc)


The vocals on Wrote My Way Out are nuts. This song has all the potential to become your next favourite song ever — not to mention the fact that Lin-Manuel Miranda’s voice is always a source of comfort.

 

Wait For It (Usher)


Wait For It is such an incredible moment in the musical, and Usher was the absolute perfect person to remix this song – it sounds like something that could have easily been pulled from one of his older albums.

 

An Open Letter (Watsky feat. Shockwave) – Interlude


This is a quick fun little open letter addressing John Adams and his not so great moves as president. At just over a minute you are going to be craving so much more.
 

Satisfied (Sia, ft. Miguel, Queen Latifah


Sia, Queen Latifah, AND Miguel? How could this be bad? Miguel appears for a brief moment — only to cut through you right to the core. Also, Queen Latifah rapping. That is all.

 

Dear Theodosia (Regina Spektor feat. Ben Folds)


This is just straight up beautiful — no other words can convey the tracks beauty. Spektor and Folds’ voices harmonize so stunningly together.

 

Valley Forge – Demo (Lin-Manuel Miranda)


This is a song that didn’t make the cut as is, and eventually was reworked into “Stay Alive.” It’s very dark in comparison to the rest of the shows tunes and is a welcome stand out.

 

It’s Quiet Uptown (Kelly Clarkson)


This song will make you an emotional mess. If you’ve listened to the soundtrack you’ve definitely cried your way through “It’s Quiet Uptown,” and this is no exception. To top it all off Clarkson said she was a complete mess while recording this while pregnant with her own son — since the song is about Hamilton’s child dying.

 

That Would Be Enough (Alicia Keys)


This track is everything. Alicia Keys mixed with “That Would Be Enough” is a match made in heaven. Her unique soul and ability to convey every emotional imaginable makes her the perfect candidate to take on this track.

 

Immigrants (We Get The Job Done) (K’NAAN, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC, Residente)


This song is so very relevant with the place the world is at right now. The song is sung in both English and Spanish and really gets to the root of the quote “Immigrants, we get the job done!”
 

 

You’ll Be Back (Jimmy Fallon, the Roots)


“You’ll Be Back” is so absolutely hilarious that having Jimmy Fallon, a self professed super Hamilton fan, sing the iconic King George song is the perfect match. You’ll certainly be back to listen again and again.

 

Helpless (Ashanti feat. Ja Rule)


“Helpless” with Ashanti and Ja Rule will automatically transport you to the early 2000s. They never fail to “Mesmerize” us. Yeah, we’re done, we promise.

 

Say Yes To This (Jill Scott)


We’ve all heard Hamilton’s “Say No To This” — well ,this track is Maria Reynolds’ perspective of the whole situation.

 

Congratulations (Dessa)


This is another one of those songs that didn’t make it to Broadway from Off-Broadway in its full capacity. It’s Angelica Schuyler’s dismal of Hamilton after he reveals his affair.

 

Burn (Andra Day)


“Burn” is one of my favourite songs in Hamilton — it’s just so raw and heart wrenching. Andra Day’s voice channels the emotion this song needs and craves, and it couldn’t have turned out better.

 

Cabinet Battle 3 – Demo (Lin-Manuel Miranda)


The Cabinet Battles are some of the greatest parts of the original Hamilton Soundtrack. Much like the other two battles, one is doesn’t disappoint. The third Cabinet Battle didn’t make it into the play but the lyrics were in Hamilton: The Revolution, and we’ve all been waiting for this.

 

Washingtons By Your Side (Wiz Khalifa)


Wiz Khalifa came up with this idea on his own – he wanted to take “Washington’s On Your Side” and turn it on its head — by making it about money. It’s a brilliant take on the song.

 

History Has Its Eyes On You (John Legend)


Lin-Manuel Miranda admitted that the inspiration behind George Washington was John Legend — so it’s only fitting that he produced this gospel inspired remix.

 

Who Tells Your Story (The Roots, Common, Ingrid Michaelson)


The combination of The Roots, Common and Ingrid Michaelson provides for a fantastic remix of the show’s finale.

 

Dear Theodosia – Reprise (Chance the Rapper, Francis and the Lights)


The final track on the album, a reprise of “Dear Theodosia,” is so very different from the first version on the Mixtape — but equally beautiful.

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