Lin-Manuel Miranda has been writing hits since he was four years old.
The creator of the Broadway musical “Hamilton” shared his first-ever single on Twitter, which was recorded on a tape cassette.
The SoundCloud upload of “The Garbage Pail Kids Are In Town” was uploaded three years ago.
“This is the first recorded song I ever wrote,” Miranda explains in the SoundCloud description. “I was about 4 years old. I found it on the back of a Fisher Price Cassette. It’s called “The Garbage Pail Kids Are In Town.” It goes on for another 6 minutes but then it becomes a haunting snapshot of one child’s descent into loneliness and madness, so I cut it off after about 3 minutes.”
For those unfamiliar with the Garbage Pail Kids, they were trading cards depicting characters with comic abnormalities or suffering terrible fates , created in 1984 by a cartoonist as a parody of the popular Cabbage Patch Kids. Miranda focuses on their appearance in the in his song.
“Oh they’re so ugly you wouldn’t want to see them / even if you make your own…” 4-year-old Miranda sings.
Miranda’s style has changed dramatically since his childhood, but his lyrical genius clearly started early in life.