Music: Hamilton – Original Broadway Cast Recording

Released: September 25, 2015

Performed by: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom, Jr., Phillipa Soo, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Daveed Diggs, Christopher Jackson, Jonathan Groff, Anthony Ramos, Jasmine Cephas Jones & Okieriete Onaodowan 

It’s been almost two years since this album dropped and it’s still one of the best hip-hop/rap albums of all-time.

Based on the life and times of America’s first Secretary of Treasury Alexander Hamilton, this cast recording is a history lesson that anyone can get behind. While also starring in the lead role, all the songs were written by Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda.

There really aren’t any skippable songs on this album. There are heart-wrenching numbers that deal with some of the sadder parts of Hamilton’s life, like “It’s Quiet Uptown” and “Burn.” At the same time, earlier parts of American history are expertly captured in “My Shot,” “You’ll Be Back” and “Alexander Hamilton.”

The cast, which largely won or was nominated for Tony Awards, is an absolute powerhouse.

Final say: Hamilton does not throw away its shot. ★★★★★

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