The Hamilton Mixtape is slated to drop in December (finally, we can’t wait anymore), and thankfully, we’ve been blessed with a sneak peak: Kelly Clarkson’s song “It’s Quiet Uptown,” hit Spotify today along with Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz and Nate Ruess’s version of “My Shot.”
On the heartfelt “It’s Quiet Uptown” ballad, Clarkson belts the song’s meditation on grief with all her signature emotion-laden vocal strength.
“There are moments that the words don’t reach/ There is suffering too terrible to name,” she sings. “You hold your child as tight as you can/ And push away the unimaginable.”
Knowing Clarkson’s personal story, as glimpsed in her song Piece by Piece, with an estranged father who left when she was just six puts the song into a modern, relatable and timeless perspective.
In Hamilton, “It’s Quiet Uptown” comes in the second act, after (spoiler alert: see your 5th grade history books) Alexander’s son is killed in a duel. The Hamilton Mixtape includes covers from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway hit show about Alexander Hamilton as well as new tracks inspired by the musical. Some of the other megastars featured on the project are The Roots, Usher, Alicia Keys, Chance the Rapper, Busta Rhymes, Sia, Kelly Clarkson, Jimmy Fallon, Ashanti, Queen Latifah and John Legend.
You can also check out Busta’s song:
… and then put both early release songs on repeat from now until the mixtape drops, which is exactly what we’ll be doing.