Lin-Manuel Miranda and Nas join forces on “Wrote My Way Out” — listen

Plus, Usher covers "Wait For It" for Miranda's upcoming Hamilton mixtape


Next month, Lin-Manuel Miranda will drop a mixtape inspired by his Tony Award-winning musical, Hamilton. Everyone from Chance the Rapper to Regina Spektor to Sia have come together to put their own twist on Miranda’s original compositions. In advance of the mixtape’s December 2nd release, we’ve heard Sia, Miguel, and Queen Latifah’s collaborative reimagining of “Satisfied” as well as The Roots’ new take on “It’s Quiet Uptown”. Today, two more tracks have been revealed, including one featuring Miranda himself.

Miranda, Nas, Dave East, and Aloe Blacc all converge on a song called “Wrote My Way Out”, which is based on a line from the Hamilton track “Hurricane”. The Broadway star in particular can be heard rapping about Where the Wild Things Are author Maurice Sendak and his own tenacious aspirations (“So it’s up to me to draw blood with this pen/ Hit an artery”). The second offering sees Usher covering “Wait For It” — a valiant effort considering the nearly untouchable quality of Leslie Odom Jr.’s original version.

Stream both songs below.

“Wrote My Way Out”:

“Wait For It”:

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