‘Hamilton,’ which started as a mixtape, eventually got to the real thing

If Hamilton is its own universe — and, to its stans, it is — The Hamilton Mixtape was the Big Bang. Long before Lin-Manuel Miranda took Alexander Hamilton’s life, and his own love affair with hip-hop, to Broadway and beyond; long before stars such as Beyoncé, André 3000 and the Obamas gave the stage play their gaudy seals of approval; and long before the cast delivered a poignant message of inclusivity and compassion to Vice President Mike Pence, Miranda’s cultural supernova began with a simple idea rooted in hip-hop: the mixtape…

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