I think it’s safe to say that when I get into something, I get really into it. This is definitely the case with the Hamilton cast album. Since tickets are sold out until basically forever, I’ve been indulging my fixation by obsessively listening to the cast album and watching videos of the cast (ahem, #bam4ham).
Since music may be the only way–for right now, at least!–that many people will be able to experience this show, I think it’s worth saying that this is my favorite album in recent memory. A greater accomplishment is that this album tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of Treasury, founder of the Fed, founder of the Coast Guard and the New York Post, essentially in rap and hip-hop. Lin-Manuel Miranda, the writer and actor who plays Hamilton, has always maintained that “it’s a hip hop story”, connecting Hamilton’s extensive writings and his meteoric rise to the topmost ranks of government from being a poor, orphaned immigrant to the similar stories of hip-hop and rap artists today. Continue reading