The composer of Grammy Award winning musical Hamilton Lin-Manuel Miranda will release a mixtape featuring Chance The Rapper, Sia, Busta Rhymes, Usher, Ben Folds, Regina Spektor and Queen Latifah. Unofficially known as The Hamilton Mixtape, it will include remixes, covers and other tracks inspired by the musical.
Miranda spoke to Vanity Fair about the exciting project, explaining some of the important details. “People are coming out of the woodwork, knocking on the door. Half the songs are cover versions of songs in the show, and the others are interpolations- we’ll take some of this, some of that, and make something new out of it.”
Although Miranda stars in the musical as the title role of the show, he will not be featured on the tape. “I’m not going to be on it because for me, the goal is to keep this inspired by the original.”
Hamilton won Best Musical Theatre Album at the Grammy Awards two weeks ago (during which Miranda rapped his acceptance speech) and performed at the show. According to Playbill, the cast album also claimed the top spot on the rap and cast album Billboard charts.
“I really wanted the hip hop community to embrace Hamilton because it’s such a love letter to them,” Miranda said.
Watch clips from the musical below: