Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator and star of “Hamilton,” announced the long-awaited “Hamilton Mixtape” Thursday, revealing the wide array of stars performing covers and remixes of songs both used and cut from the Pulitzer Prize-winning, blockbuster musical.
“Hello hello hello! Been working on a mixtape for years,” Miranda, 36, tweeted of the project first announced in June. “It’s finished. You can pre-order it” Friday, he tweeted Thursday morning, adding “#HamiltonMixtape.” While some outlets have reported a Dec. 2 release date, citing an Amazon UK listing, no date appeared on the album’s page there as of Thursday night
Shortly afterward he added, “But wait there’s more!” and posted a graphic of the album’s song list. The 23 tracks include nine songs unused in the Broadway production, including “No John Trumbull” by The Roots; “Washingtons By Your Side” by Wiz Khalifa, and two by Miranda: “Valley Forge” and “Cabinet Battle 3.”
Others contributing songs from the musical include Usher (“Wait For It”), Sia (“Satisfied,” featuring Miguel and Queen Latifah), Kelly Clarkson (“It’s Quiet Uptown”), Regina Spektor (“Dear Theodosia,” featuring Ben Folds), Ashanti (“Helpless,” featuring Ja Rule) and late-night talk-show host Jimmy Fallon, who joins The Roots on “You’ll Be Back.”
Responding to the immediate, appreciative outpouring on social media, Miranda tweeted, “I’m overwhelmed that you’re all so happy. I have been SITTING ON SO MANY SECRETS. Each artist on here is a dream come true.” Hours later, he added, “I’m just so happy you’re happy. We’ve all lost so much sleep making this for you. I don’t have words for this gratitude.”