What’s up with the Hamilton album?! Read on:
The title of this blog post is what fans ask me the most, via twitter, facebook, while I’m playing Angry Birds Rio on the train.
The background: In May of 2009, Lacamoire and I had the privilege of performing this song for the First Family, in the East Room of the White House:
TANGENT ABOUT THE VIDEO: FEEL FREE TO SKIP.
Actually, while we’re looking at this video, lemme dispel an internet meme. I’m NOT throwing up an Illuminati symbol at the end of that clip. Just before the show, I was talking to Hot 97′s Angie Martinez, who was at the event, and she said, “I think this is the first hip-hop ever performed at the White House.” I joked, “I should throw up Jay-Z’s Roc-A-Fella diamond sign.” She said, “I dare you.” So, no, I’m not a Freemason, or Illuminati, or even affiliated with Roc Nation: I’m just an excited kid who can’t believe he’s rapping at The White House. It’s the Roc!
In any event, I wasn’t lying in the stammering intro to that performance. I fully intend to write a full-length concept album called The Hamilton Mixtape. Ever since I read Ron Chernow’s masterful biography, my brain hasn’t been able to STOP writing it. I do research in my free time. I wrote a song on my honeymoon. The only thing I haven’t had, over these past few amazing, blessed, I-can’t-believe-this-is-my-life years, is the time and space to write it. Other projects I simply could not say no to have popped up. Writing Bring It On with the insanely talented Andy Blank and Amanda Green and Jeff Whitty and Tom Kitt? I can’t believe they even let me in the room, it’s such a fun collaboration. Writing raps for Neil Patrick Harris? Yes thanks! Taking In The Heights to the motherland of Puerto Rico? Yup.
Well, that ends tonight.
I’M GOING TO AN UNDISCLOSED LOCATION TO WORK ON NOTHING BUT HAMILTON FOR THE NEXT THREE WEEKS. When I emerge, I hope to have written enough to give you a release date.
Here’s where I need your help.
Ever since I got this fancy website, I have gotten hooked on the Twitter. I LOVE interacting with you all, I love hearing about the insane ways in which my work and your lives intersect, I am terrified/flattered by your tattoos involving my lyrics. I’m asking you to be my Cyber-Cops for the next three weeks.
I’m not naive enough to think I can go cold turkey. Starting tomorrow (Monday, June 27), I’m sending out two Tweets a day: Good Morning, and Good Night. IF YOU SEE ME POSTING MORE THAN THAT, I am DEPUTIZING you to scold me off. “BACK TO WORK LIN!” “WRITE YOUR ALBUM!” “WE LOVE YOU CORKY, WE WANT YOU TO LIVE!”
If you can help me out with that, I think I can write you some amazing sh*t in return.
Aaron Burr aka Sam Seaborn aka Alvie aka That Guy from College Humor aka Lin-Manuel Miranda