We both love these tracks!
Wrote My Way Out
An Open Letter
That Would Be Enough
Immigrants (We Get The Job Done)
Say Yes To This
History Has Its Eyes On You
Who Tells Your Story
Neither of us are into it!
No John Trumbull
Wait For It
You’ll Be Back
Take a Break
Washingtons By Your Side
One likes it, the other one doesn't!
It’s Quiet Uptown
Cabinet Battle 3
Dear Theodosia (Reprise)
Track 1: No John Trumbull (Intro) - The Roots
Sam: This seems unnecessary...and who the eff is John Trumbull?
Sally: This was...fine?
Track 3: Wrote My Way Out - Nas, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Aloe Blacc
Sam: All it takes for me is rapping about Jonathan Larson and I'm sold. Game over.
Sally: I love this. It's layered, engaging, intense, YES!
Track 5: An Open Letter (feat. Shockwave) [Interlude] – Watsky
Sam: "Lack a moral compass" = the best word play for Hamilton superfans I've ever heard.
Sally: I like this more than I think I should. It's like being at a Freestyle Love Supreme show - just a really great time. (Good work, Shock!)
Track 7: Dear Theodosia (feat. Ben Folds) – Regina Spektor
Sam: I wish there was SO much more Ben Folds. It's really good, though!
Sally: Who knew Regina Spektor had the absolute perfect voice for this song?! Makes me want to have a kid.
Track 9: It’s Quiet Uptown – Kelly Clarkson
Sam: I'm a fan of this one. The drop at 2:55 (on the track, not on this video) just rocks my world. Imagine that on a stage with pyrotechnics! Kelly Clarkson is THE American Idol.
Sally: The song that made me nervous about this entire project. Overproduced, no subtlety; I just can't get on board, even in context.
Track 11: Immigrants (We Get The Job Done) – K’naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC, Residente
Sam: I love this. Relevance level = one billion. Get this on the radio STAT. Shoutout to Piragua! Si, hombre.
Sally: Raw, real, and fucking fantastic. It's what brought me back around to the Mixtape idea after the Quiet Uptown disaster.
Track 13: Helpless (feat. Ja Rule) – Ashanti
Sam: This one took a few listens for me to get in to it, but I finally am. These two know what they are doin'...
Sally: I was skeptical, but she had me at "Er'body dancin'." Maybe it's nostalgia? QUEENS!
Track 15: Say Yes To This – Jill Scott
Sam: S. E. X. This song is sultry, seductive, arousing, and just plain' sexy. Wow, this sounds so goddamned good.
Sally: This was the food I didn't know my soul needed. My god. *insert clapping gif*
Track 17: Burn – Andra Day
Sam: That's a million dollar voice! I love that they didn't change this song much. Why would you?
Sally: It doesn't pack the emotional punch of Phillipa's version, but I'm here for this.
Track 19: Cabinet Battle 3 (Demo) – Lin-Manuel Miranda
Sam: I like this subdued "Hamilton sure is getting older at this point" cabinet battle. This would be fun to see live!
Sally: This feels like it doesn't belong; I found myself not caring. (But that mistresses lines are funny.)
Track 21: History Has Its Eyes On You – John Legend
Sam: Yep. This one just works! John Legend with that angelic voice and this superb gospel arrangement. I'm IN on this one, big time.
Sally: Honestly, it feels sacrilegious to have anybody but CJack sing this but DAMN, this is good. Late-night choir practice, soul-filling good.
Track 23: Dear Theodosia (Reprise) – Chance the Rapper & Francis and the Lights
Sam: This is so sweet and sad. Totally into it!
Sally: As a long-time fan of Francis and the Lights, I wanted to love this. I did not. Scrunched up face returns.
Track 2: My Shot (feat. Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz & Nate Ruess) [Rise Up Remix] – The Roots
Sam: YES! This is what I feel like this Mixtape is all about. This could be on the radio *right now*.
Sally: Yes, yes, yes. All the yes. There's nothing else to say.
Track 4: Wait For It – Usher
Sam: Wow, I do NOT like this one. It sounds way too overproduced and just doesn't translate well without incredible acting behind the performance of the song.
Sally: I am on record as saying that anybody could sing this song and it'd blow you away. I was mistaken. They should've asked me to do it.
Track 6: Satisfied (feat. Miguel & Queen Latifah) – Sia
Sam: I like the Queen Latifah part okay, but otherwise: eh...
Sally: Silky, sultry, quirky. I dig this.
Track 8: Valley Forge (Demo) – Lin-Manuel Miranda
Sam: I can see why this was cut/revamped? Unnecessary addition to this album, in my opinion.
Sally: Sure? I can see why this evolved (and prefer the alternative), but it's not awful.
Track 10: That Would Be Enough – Alicia Keys
Sam: I think Alicia Keys brings something really nice to this song.
Sally: YES! Give me an entire album of Alicia Keys singing these songs.
Track 12: You’ll Be Back – Jimmy Fallon & The Roots
Sam: Nope. This is so stupid. I'm sure he'd be great onstage, but this just isn't a good track. I was SO looking forward to this one, too. Bummer!
Sally: Why does this exist? Serious question. I found myself making a scrunched up face of confusion by the time it was over.
Track 14: Take a Break (Interlude) – !llmind
Sam: No thanks. I already don't like that wierd French counting, much less remixed!
Track 16: Congratulations – Dessa
Sam: The first part of this is so on point, but then...it kinda goes downhill and is very disjointed.
Sally: I liked this more as it went on but found myself REALLY wishing they got Renee to do it instead.
Track 18: Stay Alive (Interlude) – J.Period & Stro Elliot
Sam: This J. Period guy is sexy, but this isn't for me.
Track 20: Washingtons By Your Side – Wiz Khalifa
Sam: This track feels like it never quite arrives. Either way, this isn't for me.
Sally: Damn, I really wanted to like this but it's just so... weird. What's even happening here?
Track 22: Who Tells Your Story (feat. Common & Ingrid Michaelson) – The Roots
Sam: If this song was on the radio, I definitely wouldn't change the station!
Sally: I demand more Ingrid Michaelson!!! (Also, Common gets a "feature" credit? This feels like his track.)
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