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9 Rappers & Singers Who Should Do 'Hamilton'

With Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom, Jr. and Phillipa Soo exiting the 11-time Tony Award–winning Broadway musical, we've been thinking...

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Nicki Minaj as Angelica Schuyler

Nicki Minaj performs during Tidal X: 1020 at Barclays Center on October 20, 2015 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (P
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Described in the original Hamilton casting notices as "[A Little Night Music's] Desiree Armfeldt meets Nicki Minaj," one of the very best parts in the show has been made an entirely unique entity by Renée Elise Goldsberry. So now we've gotta see Nicki's take on Renée's take. 

Just imagine...

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Frank Ocean as Aaron Burr

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Yeah, yeah, Leslie Odom, Jr. already has an able replacement in Brandon Victor Dixon. But Hamilton's juiciest role is nicely aligned with Frank Ocean's range, his mostly-a-singer-but-a-little-bit-of-a-rapper aesthetic and the nation's dire need to see him in large quantities.

Just imagine...

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Jay Z as George Washington

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 5: Musician Jay-Z performs at a Barack Obama campaign event at Schottenstein Center on on the eve of
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So what if the rare instances of Jay Z's singing voice—"Wonderwall" at Glastonbury, "Yellow" in the Beyoncé documentary—aren't exemplary? Hov is the General Washington of rap. This part's his, no audition required. (Chris Jackson's Washington does sing a lot, though, and marvelously—so get some vocal lessons from the missus, Jay.)

Just imagine...

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DMX as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison

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DMX can ace Okieriete Onaodowan's gruff vocals and that Tony Awards–slaying "Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)" solo with his eyes closed. Watching him pander to Thomas Jefferson as the sycophantic James Madison in Act II would be a whole new adventure.

Just imagine (at the 4:55 mark)...

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Usher as King George III

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28:  (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS) (L-R) Okieriete Onaodowan, Usher, Daveed Diggs and Anthony Ramos pose backstag
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George is purposefully the only white principal performer in the show, but nobody's gonna cry if we flip that. Usher oddly seems like the perfect fit for the low-key psychotic, high-key goofily sexualized monarch with the dope falsetto. As for the accent, we've already seen that he can handle a Cockney lilt, at least.

Just imagine...

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Rihanna as Elizabeth Schuyler

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Rihanna thunderously proved with ANTI that she can and will do anything she wants. Watching her sultrier take on the radio-ready "Helpless" or hearing "look around, look around, at how lucky we are to be alive right now" come from those Barbadian pipes would be bliss. Plus, she'd be NICKI MINAJ'S SISTER.

Just imagine...

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Chance the Rapper as John Laurens/Philip Hamilton

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Chance is rap's Great New Hope, but he's still a 23-year-old who can slide into the little bro position with ease. Laurens/Philip is a smallish dual part, so maybe Chi-Town's finest could cameo for like an eight-week stint. And hey, he already shared a Complex cover with Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Just imagine...

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Ciara as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds

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Peggy being the overlooked third-wheel of the Schuyler sisters would be a funny nod to Ciara's too-frequent relegation to the fringes of R&B and pop. But the joke's on the crowd once Act II rolls around and Ms. Maria Reynolds makes jaws drop with the terrific-for-CiCi "Say No to This."

Just imagine...

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André 3000 as Alexander Hamilton

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Three Stacks as the $10 Founding Father without a father? Flawless. He's one of Lin-Manuel Miranda's top five rappers. He's acted a good amount (including in biopic fashion as Jimi Hendrix), he—like Frank Ocean—naturally possesses the same rapping/singing ratio as the character, and I just want to see him on Broadway.

Seriously, imagine...

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Also, we didn't forget Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15:  Actor Daveed Diggs performs on stage during  "Hamilton" GRAMMY performance for The 58th GRAMMY A
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There's just no known artist who could even remotely do it. Daveed Diggs forever.

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