In 2009, freestyle rapper, playwright and all-around cool guy Lin Manuel-Miranda put together a project called The Hamilton Mixtape that would eventually develop into the now Broadway phenomenon “Hamilton.”
In 2016, The Hamilton Mixtape, featuring assorted songs from the musical performed by various artists, was released and well-received by both music critics and fans of the show.
The mixtape includes Kelly Clarkson’s version of “It’s Quiet Uptown,” the Roots’ cover of “My Shot,” and “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)” by K’naan featuring Riz Ahmed, Snow Tha Product and Residente.
Just last Friday, January 19, the music video of the track “Wrote My Way Out” was released. The black and white video intermixes faces of native New Yorkers and scenes of everyday living in the city with shots of the collaborating artists Lin Manuel-Miranda, Nas, Dave East and Aloe Blacc on the rooftop of a New York building rapping their parts in the song that pays tribute to writers, composers and other artists who use their talent, passion and grit to pull through the hard times.
“I wrote my way out / When the world turned its back on me / I was up against the wall / I had no foundation / No friends and no family to catch my fall / Running on empty, there was nothing left in me but doubt / I picked up a pen / And wrote my way out,” the chorus goes.
Know how you can write your own way out by watching the video here: