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First two tracks from ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’ drop; album features Kelly Clarkson and the Roots

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Lin-Manuel Miranda onstage after the opening-night performance of “Hamilton” in New York on Aug. 6, 2015. The hit musical has now spawned a mixtape to be released in December.
(Charles Sykes / Invision/Associated Press)

A project that’s been in the works for months is slowly becoming available for (rabid) public consumption.

“The Hamilton Mixtape,” which features remixes, covers, and songs inspired by Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit Broadway musical “Hamilton,” had been in the works for well over a year before Thursday’s announcement that the album would be released Dec. 2, with presales now underway.

Accompanying the launch of presales is the release of two tracks off the upcoming album, both available for immediate purchase and download, as well as on streaming sites like Spotify.

The first track is a take on “My Shot [Rise Up Remix]” from the Roots, featuring Busta Rhymes, Joell Oritz and Nate Ruess.

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That “My Shot” is included as one of the first releases from the album is unsurprising, given the involvement of Roots co-founder Questlove as executive producer of both the Grammy-winning “Hamilton” cast album, as well as “Mixtape.”

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Also released on Friday was Kelly Clarkson’s take on the second act ballad “It’s Quiet Uptown,” which entails the aftermath of the untimely death of Alexander Hamilton’s eldest son. 

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Clarkson and the Roots are just a few of the big names that participated on the making of “Mixtape,” including Sia, John Legend, Regina Spektor and Chance the Rapper.

It remains to be seen if “The Hamilton Mixtape” will have any crossover potential with individuals who aren’t already fans of the musical, but with over 2 million sales of the original Broadway cast album, that may not matter. 

And if that weren’t enough “Hamilton” magic for Friday, here’s the cast of the Chicago production celebrating the Cubs’ World Series victory by flying out their own W flag and singing “Go, Cubs, Go” during their curtain call Thursday evening. 

Check out their jubilant celebration below.

libby.hill@latimes.com

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