Lin-Manuel Miranda is keeping hip-hop heads and Broadway stans on their toes with scintillating cuts off his highly anticipated project, The Hamilton Mixtape. After unearthing several bangers featuring Sia and Miguel among others, Miranda is keeping the ball rolling with two new tracks featuring Nas and Usher.
On “Wrote My Way Out,” Nas tags his protege Dave East alongside heavyweight crooner Aloe Blacc and Miranda himself for a poignant cut. “I picked up the pen like Hamilton/ Street analyst, now I write words that try to channel them/ No political power, just lyrical power/ Sitting on a crate on a corner, sipping for hours,” raps the Queens MC.
East counters with hard-hitting bars of his own. “At sixteen, arrested in housing, trip to the mountains/ Came right back, trapping off couches, watching for mouses/ Only tools we was posed with, had to spot smoke lit/ The haters just confusion, pay attention how them jokes switch,” East spits.
Miranda provides the proverbial cherry on top with an earth-shaking verse of his own: “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.”
As for Usher’s “Wait For It”, the acclaimed singer reaches deep in his bag of tricks and belts high notes about the meaning of love. From the sounds of it, The Hamilton Mixtape is shaping out to the perfect holiday gift for that musichead on your list.
Take a listen to both tracks below.
Usher “Wait For It”
Nas, Dave East, Aloe Blacc, and Lin-Manuel Miranda “Wrote My Way Out”