I did the pre-order of The Hamilton MixTape a while back, so I was able to get some of the tracks early.  Those early tracks weren’t bad (with the exception of Kelly Clarkson … just wrong).  The rest of the album came out earlier this week and I finally had a chance to listen to the rest of them today.  I have to say … I think this is a very eclectic set of songs based/inspired by Hamilton.  And there’s more good here than bad.

In no particular order, here the list of the songs that I recommend to be on a regular listened playlist:

  1. Dear Theodosia (feat. Ben Folds) – Regina Spektor
  2. Cabinet Battle 3 (Demo) – Lin-Manuel Miranda
  3. Wait for It – Usher
  4. Helpless (feat. Ja Rule) – Ashanti
  5. That Would Be Enough – Alicia Keys
  6. You’ll Be Back – Jimmy Fallon & The Roots
  7. My Shot (feat. Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz & Nate Ruess) – The Roots
  8. Immigrants (We Get The Job Done) – K’naan, Snow  Tha Product, Riz MC & Residente
  9. Satisfied (feat Miguel & Queen Latifah) – Sia
  10. Wrote My Way Out – Das, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Aloe Blacc
  11. No John Trumbull (Intro) – The Roots
  12. An Open Letter (feat. Shockwave) (Interlude) – Watsky
  13. Burn – Andra Day

Of course, it would be fair if I didn’t give you some tracks to avoid on the album.  But give them a listen at least once, since your tastes may not be the same as mine.  Again, these are in no particular order:

  • Valley Forge (Demo) – Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • Washingtons By Your Side – Wiz Khalifa
  • History Has Its Eyes on You – John Legend
  • Say Yes to This – Jill Scott
  • Who Tells Your Story (feat Common & Ingrid Michaelson) – The Roots
  • It’s Quiet Uptown – Kelly Clarkson
  • Take a Break (Interlude) – !llmind
  • Congratulations – Dessa
  • Stay Alive (Interlude) – J. Period & Stro Elliot
  • Dear Theodosia (Reprise) – Chance the Rapper & Francis and the Lights

No matter which tracks are your favorites or are the ones you hate … this collection is a great tribute to a wonderful musical … and in a way, to a great Founding Father!

Go check it out!

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