From Least to Most Satisfied: Ranking 'The Hamilton Mixtape'

From Least to Most Satisfied: Ranking 'The Hamilton Mixtape'

Christmas came early this year in the form of 'The Hamilton Mixtape'.

Christmas came early this year in the form of The Hamilton Mixtape. If you thought you couldn't stop listening to the Hamilton soundtrack, well here's something else to finally listen to! Famous artists upon surprising collaborations came out of the woodwork to provide their own takes on this acclaimed score. And if this weren't exciting enough, news has already been buzzing of rumored songs for the second volume of The Hamilton Mixtape!

But until then, it's important to know which tracks are worth listening to and which aren't worth getting disappointed by. A mix of great new renditions of songs from the show as well as demos and cut tracks, here is my ranking of the tracks from worst to best!

"Washingtons By Your Side"- Wiz Khalifa

I got that The Hamilton Mixtape was going to include remixes and include songs inspired by the show, but I just couldn’t get on board with this play on “Washington On Your Side”. The play on words to be talking about money didn’t seem clever enough neither did Khalifa’s vocals deliver to back it up.

"Stay Alive – Interlude"- J.PERIOD & Stro Elliot

Though meant to serve as a short transition, not much seems to go into this remix. I definitely would have preferred another variation on a Hamilton tune by !llmind. Nothing really seems to come from this track.

"You’ll Be Back"- Jimmy Fallon, The Roots

Fallon is by no means known as a singer, but it seemed like he tried his best here and it still wasn’t enough. While learning about his technique helped in jumping into hearing him on the track, it wasn’t enough to sell me on this track. I really would have preferred they got someone else, even a Broadway veteran I would have taken. To hear even Josh Groban or Christian Borle with their take on it would have been a real treat and definitely possible with Miranda’s connections.

"An Open Letter (feat. Shockwave) - Interlude"- Watsky, Shockwave

While I liked getting to hear a cut track from the show, this version felt a little too polished for me. There’s also nothing like hearing Miranda talk about this cut John Adams rap for the first time and then just him going into doing it mic drop and all. It’s so precious and if you haven’t seen it it's a must.

"Valley Forge (Demo)"- Lin-Manuel Miranda

While I loved hearing demos especially from Miranda himself, this one was my least favorite. The lyrics were beautiful, but didn’t ring as clever or composed as well then what ended up making the cut in "Stay Alive". I still liked getting to hear Miranda’s voice make its way on the soundtrack as he is so much the voice of the show. Also him taking on the many different voices of the characters was cool but could also get confusing in that we’re so used to hearing him just as Hamilton.

"Take a Break - Interlude"- !llmind

Though small, this was a cool riff on "Take a Break" and a perfect transition piece on the mixtape. I am biased because I will always prefer "The Schuyler Sisters" remix (not on the mixtape) that !llmind also did that is so catchy that nothing else will compare. This is a nice tease of what !llmind is capable of and I wanted a little longer version of this take.

"No John Trumball - Intro"- The Roots

Though probably the briefest track on the mixtape, I loved how this served as the introduction. It caught you offguard, got you into the theme of the album, and also served as a great entry track into the album. It was the perfect tease into what this album was going to be and served its purpose in both form and length.

"Helpless (feat. Ja Rule)"- Ashanti, Ja Rule

Being a highlight in the show and one of my personal favorites, I was disappointed by “Helpless”. I thought this would be a perfect combination but as soon as Ja Rule came on I felt like this was not all it was hyped up to be. It seemed a little too edited on Ashanti’s riffs and the fun of it seemed gone that is so perfectly captured by Phillpa Soo’s joy and excitement. And Ja Rule didn’t help in helping it go anywhere, it just made me want to listen to the Original Broadway Cast version even more.

"My Shot (feat. Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz, & Nate Ruess) - Rise Up Remix"- The Roots, Nate Ruess, Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz

I didn’t mind this version of “My Shot”. I didn’t find it too impressive, but wouldn’t dismiss it either. I think what made this track hard was that this song in the show is its anthem and here the lyrics just aren’t able to be as catchy as it’s not the words we’re used to hearing. I understood it was a remix, but I couldn’t find myself getting as sucked into this version. I still got the feeling of getting pumped up which I was happy the song didn’t lose that notable quality.

"Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story (feat. Common & Ingrid Michaelson)"– The Roots, Common, Ingrid Michaelson

Ingrid Michaelson whom I love was not nearly featured enough on this collaboration. I would have loved if she had gotten at least a verse to make her own and not just the hook. Common stuck out and did deliver, but I could have done without the Roots on this one. They had already taken up so much of the beginning of the mixtape that I would have been more interested in seeing how Common and Michealson could have worked better together as a duo. Or honestly Michealson on her own I would have loved to see a totally different interpretation of a different song from Hamilton. All great artists, but it didn’t seem to turn out to be the best song for all of them to be featured on together.

"Burn"- Andra Day

Day’s version of “Burn” wasn’t particularly memorable in my book and I felt myself wanting to hear more pain and emotion beneath her beautiful falsetto. Honestly, I feel like Amy Winehouse (R.I.P) could have delivered a great balance of heartbreak and beauty to this song.

"History Has Its Eyes on You"- John Legend

This was a different take on a song from the show that I could get on board with. There was something very impactful with the arrangement of Legend singing this tune in the style of a gospel-like hymnal to reflect the song’s modern day resonances. I thought it was beautifully sung and offered a different take on the song giving it its own meaning outside of the moment its associated with in the show, but in an effective way and not just to showcase the vocalist.

"Say Yes to This"- Jill Scott

This is a track I both like and dislike at the same time. I like how it gives the song “Say No to This” totally from the perspective of Maria Reynolds in that Scott is singing it. I do worry however what this version then suggests of painting Reynolds as this manipulative, deceptive character. I like the ambiguity that her character suggests in the show that here doesn’t seem to play Reynolds as just a seductress, but a bit villainous. I loved Scott’s voice and felt her seducing nature appropriate, but wasn’t sure if I liked whatever character was being portrayed of how it came off as.

"Cabinet Battle 3 – Demo"- Lin-Manuel Miranda

I love this bonus track. I think the content is outstanding in terms of how this issue still affects us today and the clever and harshly delivered quips and comebacks. I also liked how it gave us more of a peek into James Madison as a character than is seen in the show. I also adore hearing Miranda do all of the different voices which seems a little easier to follow in this track than others. I understand why this number would be cut from the show, but really feel it could have provided such a great moment with its place in the show.

"Congratulations"- Dessa

This is another cut track that I love to go to bat for! This is such a great song and moment for Angelica. I love the play on words in this being a phrase reserved for weddings that she unleashes at the news of Hamilton’s affair. I love the fast rhythm, the repetition of past phrases and musical themes, and the cover by Dessa. I think she does a great job of capturing the character in this moment while providing her own flavor to it as well.

"That Would Be Enough"- Alicia Keys

I loved having some Alicia Keys back in my life and that this is the way it came to me. Keys provided some more depth and insight into this song from her own riffs and musical improvisations that I thoroughly enjoyed. It seemed like she was extending off of Miranda’s language without trying to make it her own song which I appreciated.

"Dear Theodosia – Reprise"- Chance The Rapper, Francis and the Lights

A surprising, but heartfelt, take on this track was found from one Mr. Chance the Rapper. I was floored for how much I adored this very different version on this cut track. There was something about this that gave me goosebumps in feeling the emotion, but still a strong powerful voice from Chance that I feel really did blow us all away.

"Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)"- K’NAAN, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC, Residente

I was pleasantly surprised from this new track inspired by this musical to the mixtape. I think it’s extremely relevant to issues with immigration right now and found it a touching, but also important contribution in taking on themes that are alluded to in the musical. I thought the collaboration was a strong one and it was nice to see its roots coming from certain lines in the show.

"Satisfied (feat. Miguel and Queen Latifah)"- Sia, Queen Latifah, Miguel

I could never not be satisfied when Sia is involved in any collaboration and I loved her voice here especially with this song. I thought she did well with making it her own, but still capturing the heavy emotion that this song is trying to bottle up. Queen Latifah’s verse is such a jam, and Miguel’s brief appearance is very swoon worthy.

"Wait for It"- Usher

As soon as this was announced, I knew this was a perfect combination. I would love to see Usher as Aaron Burr in any upcoming production of Hamilton really and I know others would agree. I thought it was wonderfully performed by Usher him being able to capture the parts that are smooth and velvety, and others that are intense and cold.

"It’s Quiet Uptown"- Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson proves that she continues to rule my world even as I get older. Her rendition of this heartbreaking song managed to be even more emotional than I had anticipated. I felt Clarkson’s heart and sadness in every word and how she could picture this scenario in her own life. You could feel the pain and how much this could touch her life and how this same situation could happen to a lot of people, and has.

"Dear Theodosia (feat. Ben Folds)"- Regina Spektor, Ben Folds

This song was the best collaboration of a famous duo on this album. It was simple, yet effective beautifully capturing the balance of showcasing the vocalists as well as the touching lyrics of the song. It didn’t strive to be too much with vocal effects, instruments, or anything glitzy. It was so beautiful and felt like a musical pipe dream that I didn’t even know I wanted.

"Wrote My Way Out"- Nas, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Aloe Blacc

This song feels like it best captures the spirit of the mixtape as well as the show which is why it seems best at the #1 spot. I think it’s a beautiful new addition inspired by the show and even has the power to stand as its own song. All of the artists giving their own verse feels personal and relatable in terms of the struggles of being an artist and how those struggles can differ, but also connect very strongly when they do line up. Having Miranda’s own verse is the cherry on top, tying together the whole song and offering a direct connection into the world of Hamilton.

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10 Rappers Whose Lyrics Will Take Your Instagram Captions To The Next Level

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Finding the perfect caption for you Instagram post is something everyone struggles with. On the contrary, the best rappers in the industry right now seem to have no problem with it. Whether it be Cardi B or Kanye West, you can always count on fire captions. Taken from the rappers themselves, here are the best rap lyrics for Instagram captions.

1. Travis Scott

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  • "It's summertime, why they tryna throw shade?"
  • "Rollin' rollin' rollin' got me stargazin'"
  • "I got 'em stage diving out the nosebleeds"
  • "Anything can happen at the night show"
  • "This right here is astronomical"
  • "Valet park when I pull up in the ride"
  • "Pick up the phone, baby, I know you're home, baby"
  • "Oh my, what a wonderful time"
  • "She said 'where we goin?' I said 'the moon'"
  • "I been up sleepless late nights"
  • 2. Migos

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    • "Walk it like I talk it"
    • "In the kitchen wrist moving like a stir fry"
    • "Put my mind on it, put my grind on it"
    • "We live like sopranos"
    • "Diamonds on my wrist stay drippin"
    • "Addin' up checks, no minus"
    • "I can buy that car, I know that you can't"
    • "No human being, I'm immortal"
    • "Walk in the buildin', they start applaudin'"
    • "Versace, Versace, Versace, Versace"

    3. Cardi B

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    • "I like texts from my exes when they want a second chance"
    • "I went from dollar bills, now poppin' rubber bands"
    • "Why would I hop in some beef? When I could just hop in the Porsche"
    • "You know where I'm at, you know where I be"
    • "These expensive, these is red bottoms"
    • "I don't dance now, I make money moves"
    • "It's not a threat it's a warning, be careful with me"
    • "Poured out my whole heart to a piece of sh*t"
    • "Karma for you is gon' be who you end up with"

    4. Drake


    • "This a Rollie, not a stopwatch, sh*t don't ever stop"
    • "I only love my bed and my mama I'm sorry"
    • "I get it how I live it, I live it how I get it"
    • "No new friends"
    • "Drinking every night because we drink to my accomplishments"
    • "This sh*t got me in my feelings"
    • "With your phone out, gotta hit them angles"
    • "My ex asked me, 'Where you movin'?' I said, 'On to better things'"
    • "My team good, we don't really need a mascot"
    • "Got new money, got new problems, got new enemies"

    5. Nicki Minaj

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    • "Imma keep it moving, be classy and graceful"
    • "In my kingdom, with my Timbs on"
    • "Uh, yo, watch your man, then you should watch your mouth"
    • "At least you took an L off your bucket list"
    • "Defend my honor, protect my pride"
    • "But to live doesn't mean you're alive"
    • "She just mad 'cause he never bought her ice like me"
    • "I fly with the stars in the skies"
    • "They paintin' me out to be the bad guy"
    • "All these b*tches is my sons"

    6. Mac Miller

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    • "My regrets look just like a text I shouldn't send"
    • "Driving with my eyes close, missing all the signs"
    • "I'm a monster with the heart of a lion, divide and conquer"
    • "I got a bone to pick like roses"
    • "I'll do anything for a way out of my head"
    • "Your love is not too kind to me"
    • "Yeah, I got a bad attitude"
    • "No matter where life takes me, find me with a smile"
    • "Imma give you what you came for"
    • "I don't know 'bout you, but me, I'm important, I'm so gorgeous"

    7. A$AP Rocky 

    A$AP Rocky

    • "Same shit, different day"
    • "I got three phones: business, conversation, and relation"
    • "What the face say to the fist?"
    • "I look for ways to say 'I love you', but I ain't into makin' love songs"
    • "Paranoia got me losing all my z's"
    • "Make no mistakes, it's all a leap of faith for love"
    • "She ain't a stranger to the city life"
    • "Can't forget that I'm golden, can't forget where I'm going"
    • "Riding by the rules, I'll abide by it soon"
    • "Ain't a killer so don't kill the vibe"

    8. Kanye West

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    • "Yeah u so mother thick"
    • "Ball so hard, let's get faded"
    • "That sh*t cray"
    • "I'm tripping off the power"
    • "All of my kindness, is taken for weakness"
    • "I'm lookin' for the one have you seen her?"
    • "Don't let me get in my zone"
    • "Let's get lost tonight"
    • "Sun don't shine in the shade, bird can't fly in a cage"
    • "Reach for the stars so if you fall you land on a cloud"
    • "No you're not perfect but you're not your mistakes"

    9. A$AP Ferg

    A$AP Ferg

    • "Gucci down to the socks"
    • "My jewelry glistening why I'm always chilly"
    • "I'm a one night savage"
    • "Put in work, put 'em in the dirt"
    • "Fergy be mobbin' all day"
    • "Ferg is the name"
    • "I'm on a new level"
    • "Don't pray for me pray for the weak"
    • "I was only 8 years old, watching Nick at Nite"
    • "I was fly like a bird"

    10. Lil Wayne 

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    • "Real G's move in silence like lasagna"
    • "I speak the truth but I guess that's a foreign language to y'all"
    • "Okay you're a goon, but what's a goon to a goblin?"
    • "I got some weight on my shoulders, to me it's like feathers"
    • "I am more animal than the zoo allow"
    • "Money talks, bullsh*t walks"
    • "Every night's a long night, every day's a holiday"
    • "I'm a cool cat, but I'm on life nine"
    • "Haters can't see me, nose bleed seats"

    No matter what the occasion, it's always good to have creative Instagram captions on hand. Nobody knows how to make clever captions than rappers themselves. Whether you need creative caption for throwing shade at someone, or you have used only emojis for your past 5 Instagram pictures, rap lyrics make the perfect caption.

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    After 'Extremely Wicked' And 'The Stranger Beside Me,' We Now Understand The Criminal Mind Of Ted Bundy

    1 hour and 50 minutes, plus 550 pages later.


    Netflix recently released a movie in May called "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile" (2019), based on the life of Ted Bundy from his girlfriend's viewpoint.

    In 1980, an author and former Seattle police officer, Ann Rule, published a book about her experience and personal, close friendship with Ted Bundy, called "The Stranger Beside Me."

    These two sources together create an explosion of important information we either skim over or ignore about Ted Bundy. Watching this movie and reading this book can really open your eyes to who Ted Bundy really was. Yeah, there are the confession tapes on Netflix, too, but these other things can really tie it all into one big masterpiece of destruction.

    I swear, it will blow your mind in different ways you never thought possible.

    In the movie, "Extremely Wicked", Zac Efron stars as the infamous Ted Bundy, America's most notorious serial killer. He portrayed the murderer who kidnapped, killed, and raped 30 women or more. Personally, he made a great Ted Bundy, mannerisms and all. Lily Collins stars as Ted's girlfriend who was easily manipulated by Ted and believed that he was innocent for years.

    The movie is told in the order that Liz, Ted's girlfriend, remembers.

    In the book, "The Stranger Beside Me", Ann Rule writes about Ted Bundy, who used to be her old friend. They met while working at a crisis center in the state of Washington and were close ever since. Like Liz, Ann believed he was innocent and that he was incapable of these horrific crimes.

    Ted Bundy had made both Liz and Ann fools. He easily manipulated and lied to both women about many things for years, his murders being "one" of them.

    Okay, so we all know that Ted Bundy was absolutely guilty as hell and totally murdered those women. 30 women or more. He literally confessed to that, but researchers and authorities believe that number to be way higher.

    But... you must know that the movie and the book tell two different stories that lead to the same ending. That's why it's so intriguing.

    At one point, I couldn't stop watching the movie. Then, I bought Ann Rule's book and was completely attached to it. I couldn't put it down.

    For me, Ted Bundy is interesting to me. Unlike most young girls today, I don't have a thing for him nor do I think he's cute or hot. I know that he used his charm and looks to lure women into his murderous trap. That's why it's so hard to understand why this movie and book created a new generation of women "falling in love" with Ted Bundy.

    GROSS: He sodomized women with objects. He bludgeoned women with objects or his own hands. He was a necrophile. Look those up if you have not a clue of what they mean. That could change your mind about your own feelings for Ted Bundy.

    After "Extremely Wicked" and "The Stranger Beside Me", I now understand the criminal mind of Ted Bundy. He was insane, but he was also smart, put together, educated, charming, and lots more. That's why I'm so interested in why his brain was the way it was.

    The criminal mind is an interesting topic for me anyway, but for Ted Bundy, it was amazing to learn about.

    I highly recommend both the movie and the book I quickly read in two weeks! If you want answers, they are there.

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