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Before "Hamilton" Broke The Internet, There Was "21 Chump Street"

If you're obsessed with Hamilton, then wait 'till you see this.

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While the rest of the world is drooling over "Hamilton",


And, really, why shouldn't they be? If you're not aware of this amazing hip-hop/rap musical, then you best be learning quick.

It's time to look back and say, "What did I miss?"


There's a plethora of goodies on the internet to whet your whistle while you wait for tickets to be available – or to win the lottery.

Enter me. (Said "21 Chump Street" in parentheses.)

In between working on Hamilton and his other amazing projects, Lin Manuel-Miranda created 21 Chump Street: The Musical. The mini-musical is based on "the true story reported by Robbie Brown on This American Life ("What I Did For Love"), in which a high school honors student in Florida, Justin, falls for a new transfer, Naomi. Unfortunately, Naomi turns out to be an undercover cop sent to crack down on drug sales as part of Operation D-Minus, and Justin gets convicted with a felony for selling marijuana." (

It's "Hamilton" in High School.


With source material from real-life interviews, Miranda developed a story both compelling and hella' catchy.

Starring your new favorite heartthrob, Anthony Ramos.


You know him as John Laurens and Philip Hamilton. Now, meet him as student Justin who get's caught up in a bad situation.

Watch real-life unfold like never before.


In just 15 minutes, witness the rise and fall of one high schooler as he tries to ask an undercover cop to prom. But what makes it truly remarkable is that Miranda he uses real transcripts from real people to create this mini masterpiece.

Watch "What the Heck I Gotta Do" [Clip]

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The musical was performed live once on June 20, 2014, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House as part of This American Life’s “The Radio Drama Episode”. Music from the rest of the show can be downloaded here.

You don't have to do a thing, Anthony.

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