In case you've been... no, there's no way you haven't heard of Broadway'ship-hop musical "Hamilton." Lin-Manuel Miranda's singing tribute to founding father Alexander Hamilton is all up in yourmemes,wooingDemocratic donors andcharming audienceswho can't even get into one of its sold-out shows.
There's one place it hasn't been yet: Top 40 radio, but a new tribute soundtrack should change that.
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Miranda, who wrote the lyrics and music to "Hamilton" as well as starring in the production (what have you done in 2015?),tweetedlast month that he was working on getting together a new album of remixes, covers and "inspired bys" of the show'salready smash-hitsoundtrack.
On Tuesday, hetold Playbillthat the EP, dubbed "The Hamilton Mixtape,"will feature not just hip-hop, but also pop and rap artists. He's hoping to coincide therelease with the Founding Father's birthday, Jan. 11.
"We're giving the score to artists and saying, 'What do you make of it?' We have some of the artists; we don't have all of the artists,"he said.
One thing we do know is to expect a track we haven't heard before: The EP willincludethe rap battlebetweenHamilton, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison over slavery that didn't make it into the production.
Who could be on deck for "Hamilton"? Judging by the musicalstarpowerof the "Hamilton" audience— Jay Z and Beyonce swung by to see the show on Oct. 21, perhaps for research? — Miranda has his pick of artists.
Until we find out more,listen to the soundtrack(if you don't already know it well enough to earnan honorary place in the chorus), and read Miranda'spersonal annotationspublished this week on Genius.
And in case you can't get to NYC,or can't afford the massively in-demand tickets, Miranda is alsoworking toget the show filmedbefore the end of the year.
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