Lin Manuel Miranda's Hamilton The Revolution

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Lin Manuel Miranda’s renowned Hamilton: An American Musical, has become extremely well known for its soundtrack, being nominated alongside modern hip-hop legends, and eventually claiming victory in the 2015 billboard nominations for best hip-hop album, and being openly accessible to people through many music platforms. Miranda’s use of hip-hop in the telling of a what would otherwise arguably be a dry topic of the American underdog, Alexander Hamilton by connecting a white-washed old story to a diverse young audience. Hip-hop has evolved into a universal language of revolution and power to many generations and the use of this language allowed Miranda to revolutionize modern musical theater. Hip-hop in the musical Hamilton has so many significant…show more content…
In Hamilton the Revolution written by Jeremy McCarter and Lin-Manuel Miranda, Miranda related the life of Hamilton to “…Nas, 2Pac, Eminem, Hamilton lived hard, wrote fast, hustled his ass off.” Throughout the entire musical Miranda has openely shared his inspiration for key lines, these lines that are clearly tribute to famous rappers and songs engage the audience and pull them into the story by connecting a historical anthem and a story of history untold and unfamiliar to many. Miranda makes many hat tips, homages, and inspired notes towards many of founding fathers of hip hop to help establish the founding fathers in his own, Hamilton. Miranda references many classical and few modern rappers such as 2Pac, Mobb Deep, Notorious BIG, Busta Rhymes, Jay Z, Pharrell, Kendrick Lamar, and Method Man to name the main few. Lots of emphasis is placed on the life of Christopher Wallace, aka the Notorious BIG, in relation to the character of Alexander mainly in the fact that BIG like Hamilton had “survival instincts… storyteller, inspiration,” both figures were also shot and killed at a young age. The inspiration from BIG does not end in the character formation but Miranda went on to create a version of Notorious BIG’s classic, “The 10 Crack Commandments” paraphrased in the musical as the “10 Duel Commandments” to further enforce the mirrored image of the characters in each other and the activities they engaged in and the customs and codes that related to these activities. The dynamics Miranda claimed, “shoutouts have subtle second meaning, another way of saying American history can be told and retold claimed and reclaimed even by people who don’t look like George Washington and Betsy Ross.” The intertextualities of classic rap in the musical Hamilton include lyrical nods but also go beyond simple borrowed

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