YesBroadway Curator-in-Chief Sam and Lin-Manuel Miranda Fan 4 Lyfe Sally Mercedes discuss what they like and don't like about each track of The Hamilton Mixtape. Listen along with us! Spoiler alert: Say Yes To This by Jill Scott is the best track, by far.

We both love these tracks!

My Shot 

Wrote My Way Out 

An Open Letter

Dear Theodosia

That Would Be Enough

Immigrants (We Get The Job Done)

Helpless

Say Yes To This

Burn

History Has Its Eyes On You

Who Tells Your Story

Neither of us are into it!

No John Trumbull

Wait For It

Valley Forge

You’ll Be Back

Take a Break

Stay Alive

Washingtons By Your Side

One likes it, the other one doesn't!

Satisfied 

It’s Quiet Uptown

Congratulations

Cabinet Battle 3

Dear Theodosia (Reprise)


Track 1: No John Trumbull (Intro) - The Roots

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Sam: This seems unnecessary...and who the eff is John Trumbull?

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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.

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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!

Sally: No.


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.

Sally: Whatever.


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

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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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