Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Alexander Hamitlon Hip-Hop Tribute

Lin-Manuel Miranda does a hip-hop tribute to Alexander Hamilton. Really good. You can't grow up in Virginia and not have some critiques of Hamilton, but he gets way more crap than he deserves. I'm a fan.

What I like most about the song is that it really focuses on his life. Too many rehashes of Hamilton focus on his ideas, many of which had a great deal of merit and many of which didn't. But behind all that we forget what an extraordinary life he had, how hard he worked to achieve what he did, how hard he fought for American independence, and then for the Constitution, and how nothing in his life was just handed to him.

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