Wait for it no longer: Usher’s version of “Wait For It” from the Hamilton Mixtape is now available via streaming services and iTunes. Nas’ contribution to the forthcoming album, “Wrote My Way Out” featuring Dave East, Aloe Blacc, and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, is also out.
“Wait For It,” memorably performed on the cast album by original Aaron Burr star Leslie Odom Jr., is given a fairly straightforward but powerful cover by Usher, who tweaks some lyrics to make the song more universal (“Hamilton faces an endless uphill climb” is turned into “Everyone faces an endless uphill climb”).
“Wrote My Way Out” takes the Hamilton song “Hurricane,” performed in the show by Miranda, and gives it a full makeover, with Nas, Dave East, and Miranda trading off on the track’s three verses. Miranda’s verse is a new rap written specifically for the song, and includes references to Rent and Where the Wild Things Are author Maurice Sendak.
Read the full verse here (lyrics via Genius):
High speed, dubbing these rhymes in dual cassette deck
Running out of time like I’m Jonathan Larson’s Rent check
My mind is where the wild things are, Maurice Sendak
In withdrawal, I want it all, please give me that pen back
Y’all, I got my first beating from the other kids when I was caught reading
Oh, you think you smart? Blah! Start bleeding
My pops tried in vain to get me to fight back
Sister tapped my brains, said, pssh, you’ll get ’em right back
Oversensitive, defenseless, I made sense of it, I pencil in
The lengths to which I’d go to learn my strengths and knock ’em senseless
These sentences are endless, so what if they leave me friendless?
Damn, you got no chill, f—ing right I’m relentless
I know Abuela’s never really gonna win the lottery
So it’s up to me to draw blood with this pen, hit an artery
This Puerto Rican’s brains are leakin’ through the speakers
And if he can be the shining beacon this side of the G.W.B and
Shine a light when it’s gray out
Listen to both tracks below.