The next step of Hamilton’s journey through the pop culture membrane continues with a slate of celebrities now on hand to further bring the hip-hop musical to the masses.
The Hamilton Mixtape—a collection of remixes, covers, and tracks inspired by Lin-Manuel Miranda’s juggernaut Broadway musical about America’s forgotten founding father—has tapped Sia, Usher, Chance the Rapper, Busta Rhymes, Ben Folds, Regina Spektor, and Queen Latifah (among others) to participate in the project.
Atlantic Records is releasing the album, which EW confirms is being eyed for a fall 2016 release. Meanwhile, the show’s original cast album continues to dominate the Billboard charts (the cast recording currently sits at 17 on the Billboard 200, in its 21st week present) and just took home the Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album after a very public (and rare for a musical) performance on the telecast.
Miranda announced plans for the mixtape back in October, tweeting: “So the show is done. Cast album is out. Now we begin planning The Hamilton Mixtape. Remixes & Covers & Inspired bys. FOR REAL. GET READY.”
For the writer, composer, and star of Hamilton, certain names involved in the Mixtape must come as particular thrills. Speaking to EW in December, Miranda cited Busta Rhymes as the first important backstage visitor to the nascent show at the Public Theater. “He was really the first hip-hop artist to see Hamilton, and it’s very hard to overstate how much I love Busta Rhymes as a hip-hop artist,” said Miranda. “That was the most nervous I’ve been for a person to see the show because his opinion meant everything to me.”
He continued: “You meet your heroes, and they want to dissect it! People that I spent hundreds of hours dissecting and memorizing their lyrics, as a hip-hop fan, are now talking to me about the way they go back and forth in ‘Washington On Your Side.’ That’s the stuff I never could have dreamed. I was just in the studio making this Hamilton mixtape and having a twenty-minute conversation with one of my favorite rappers about the art of doubling.”