In October 2015, Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda tweeted that the hit Broadway show’s cast album, which at one point topped the Billboard hip-hop charts, was finally out and a “Hamilton Mixtape”, featuring covers, remixes and ‘inspired bys’, was in the works.
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Over the past few days, Miranda released several tweets and did various interviews, all of which revealed more exciting details about the unconventional mixtape. Hamilton constantly pushes the boundaries of the musical theater genre by incorporating rap and pop elements into his music, most of which was inspired by rappers who greatly influenced Miranda. Undeniably the most popular show on Broadway, Hamilton takes celebrities backstage every single week, and is the place to be for anyone who’s anyone. During these backstage encounters, celebrities take photographs with Lin-Manuel, and out of the many who have done so, he is always visibly more excited by his musical theater and rap heroes.
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It is because of these influences on Lin-Manuel’s music that people who normally don’t watch musicals end up opening their doors to more musicals after seeing the show. Lately, Hamilton has served as the gateway show to musicals and theater, if you will. With the mixtape on the way, it looks like even more people will be exposed to the wonder of musicals, as various news sources have confirmed that the mixtape will feature Sia, Queen Latifah, Usher and Busta Rhymes, among other artists from different genres of music. It’s also likely that we can expect appearances from some big names in musical theater as well. Produced by The Roots member Questlove, (Executive producer of the Hamilton cast album, which won a Grammy last month), the mixtape is expected to be released later this year.
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