The Broadway hit Hamilton has already won 11 Tony awards – but its creator is only now putting together the project he first envisioned.
The Hamilton Mixtape will be released on Dec. 2, with pre-orders beginning Friday, Lin-Manuel Miranda announced Thursday. The list of tracks and performers Miranda tweeted is loaded with big names and includes Dessa, the Minneapolis hip hop and spoken word artist who is part of the Doomtree collective.
Dessa is in good company, with Usher, Chance the Rapper, Wiz Khalifa, Alicia Keys, Sia, and Busta Rhymes among the others covering or remixing tunes from Hamilton, some of which didn't make it into the final Broadway show.
That's the case with the tune Dessa performs, "Congratulations." It's sung by Alexander Hamilton's sister-in-law, Angelica, after Hamilton has cheated on Angelica's sister, KARE 11 says.
Earlier this year, Miranda told Vanity Fair he first thought of Hamilton as a concept album that – like Jesus Christ, Superstar – would eventually make its way to the stage. "I thought I would write a bunch of great songs that tell the greatest hits of Hamilton’s life, have artists cover it, and someone else would stage it later," he said.
The timing got flipped around and now that the show has taken Broadway by storm, Miranda's mixtape idea is becoming reality.
Dessa told City Pages Thursday she's seen Hamilton twice and both times pretended not to be crying through the second act.
As for being part of the mixtape, she told the Star Tribune: "I'm trying to play it cool but I'm stoked."
Although the scene was deleted from the stage show, there is a cast recording of "Congratulations" on YouTube.