Stream: Hamilton Mixtape


Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton has been a bona fide hit for more than a year now.  From award shows to fights with certain President Elect’s, Hamilton is almost always in the news.

Today, The Hamilton Mixtape dropped. An album featuring 23 tracks from the show that have been reworked by some of today’s hottest artists.  The star-studded album features contributions from Andra Day, Ja Rule, Regina Spektor, John Legend, Sia, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, The Roots, Chance the Rapper, and Ashanti, along with a pair of original demos by Miranda himself.

Stream the full album below via Spotify.

The Hamilton Mixtape Tracklist:
01. No John Trumbull (Intro) – The Roots
02. My Shot (Rise Up Remix) – The Roots feat. Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz & Nate Ruess
03. Wrote My Way Out – Nas, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Aloe Blacc
04. Wait For It – Usher
05. An Open Letter (Interlude) – Watsky feat. Shockwave
06. Satisfied – Sia feat. Miguel & Queen Latifah
07. Dear Theodosia – Regina Spektor feat. Ben Folds
08. Valley Forge (Demo) – Lin-Manuel Miranda
09. It’s Quiet Uptown – Kelly Clarkson
10. That Would Be Enough – Alicia Keys
11. Immigrants (We Get The Job Done) – K’naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC, Residente
12. You’ll Be Back – Jimmy Fallon & The Roots
13. Helpless – Ashanti feat. Ja Rule
14. Take A Break (Interlude) – !llmind
15. Say Yes To This – Jill Scott
16. Congratulations – Dessa
17. Burn – Andra Day
18. Stay Alive (Interlude) – J.PERIOD & Stro Elliot
19. Slavery Battle (Demo) – Lin-Manuel Miranda
20. Washingtons By Your Side – Wiz Khalifa
21. History Has Its Eyes On You – John Legend
22. Who Tells Your Story – The Roots feat. Common & Ingrid Michaelson
23. Dear Theodosia (Reprise) – Chance the Rapper & Francis and The Lights

Watch John Legend and Common’s Inspiring Video for ‘Glory’ From Selma

On Sunday, John Legend and Common recieved the Golden Globe for Best Original Song for their track of the Selma soundtrack, “Glory.”  Today, they release the video of the track.

Watch the video and the clips from the film.  I had the pleasure of seeing the film on christmas and it was one of the best, most thought-provoking films I have ever seen.  RUN DON’T WALK!

Golden Globe Nominations for Best Original Song in Motion Picture

The Golden Globe nominations were announced this morning.  Here are the nominees for Best Original Song in Motion Picture.

“Big Eyes,” Big Eyes, Lana Del Rey
“Glory,” Selma, John Legend and Common
“Mercy Is,” Noah, Patty Smith and Lenny K
“Opportunity,” Annie
“Yellow Flicker Beat,” The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I, Lorde

“Home” is Raising Awareness for Climate Change with Common, Ne-Yo, and More

HOME  is  a project to raise awareness about climate change and “expand the climate movement.” The EP version of HOME will be available as a free download on iTunes from Nov. 18 to Nov. 24 . The project’s website says, “Climate change is the most significant global issue of our time. Climate change is happening now, and people are already suffering and it’s only going to get worse unless we come together to make big change. Together we can Heal Our Mother Earth (HOME) and fight climate change. Music brings us together and can inspire action.”  Artists on the album include Elle Varner, Ne-Yo, and Crystal Waters, as well as those listed below.

On one song, Common collaborated with Malik Yusef, Kumasi, Aaron Fresh, Choklate, and Laci Kay the song, “Trouble in the Water.”

Listen below.

Another  single is a cover of “Mercy Mercy Me” by Antonique Smith. Listen to Smith’s version of the classic Marvin Gaye track.

Well This is Awkward — President Obama (sorta) Sings Along to “On the Road Again” with Willie Nelson


Yesterday (November 7), the White House honored American troops with a concert featuring performances from Willie Nelson, John Fogerty, Mary J. Blige, Common, and others.

Willie invited President Obama to join in on the sing-along of “On the Road Again”. The only problem? The President didn’t seem to know the song’s lyrics and just kind of snapped along to the music.

Watch in horror below.