News: Charles Hamilton Reveals Troubled Crossroad, "This Experience Is A Lot Bigger Than Selling Some Records" [Video]
Sunday, Jun 6, 2010 10:49AM
Rapper Charles Hamilton recently talked about making his comeback into the rap spotlight and why he is currently in the midst of a crossroad where he is seeking spiritual relief.
For Hamilton, his dedication to the music art form has forced him to reexamine his career.
"While all this is going on, I'm on a very serious spiritual journey," Hamilton revealed in an interview. "Everything that is to come, is TBA (to be announced) because, like, what it all boils down to is, if I'm not satisfied with who I look at in the mirror, both as an artist and as a public figure, you're just not gonna see me. So interviews and everything, I love them, this is great, the spotlight is great...this time out, I'm letting everybody know, because I take music and art so serious, there's a chance I'll be scarce just to get music and I feel like I needed to say that now. The projects aren't TBA, it's just how long I'm gonna be in the limelight and this isn't to sound like I'm threatening to leave or trying to stay or anything like that, there's a bigger picture and a lot of artists hit this crossroads -- I'm so dedicated to my art that we'll talk about any project it's just that I need to make sure I'm right, within, first and that goes out to any and every aspiring artist or whatever it is that you do. Make sure you are right, within, before you go out and say that music or your art form -- this experience is a lot bigger for me than selling some records and performing in front of a crowd." (YRB Magazine)
Recently, Hamilton released an open letter to Eminem thanking him for inspiration.
"As of late, I found myself in a "Relapse" rut. I am nicer than any rapper that is to come. Period. And I don't have a need to battle a Wale or a Cory Gunz to prove it. I know my lyrical ability, whether these hip-hop sites will admit to it or not...I sound like such a groupie right now, it's disgusting. It's the inner Alison. All I know is, I completed my dharma when I met you in Detroit. I have never felt better my entire life. We kicked it. Had a chat. Laughed. I think the Newports pissed you off. I hope not. I mighta crossed the line asking to live in your basement...You probably will read this. A lot of people will. Not scared (#ImNotAfraid). "I'm Not Afraid" is what is influencing me to do what I'm doing now. You think I'm scared of LA streetlights? F*ck outta here. Kill me with my iPod on peak (Apple holla at me, MTV come find me). I will be playing the 8 Mile soundtrack, I will be playing your catalogue for all that. lol. But this is for me. I feel like having access to a studio in which I went to school in the same building, kinda spoiled me. I'm working for this." (Karen Civil)
Drake's "Shut It Down" producer Omen recently discussed Hamilton's return to rap.
"Charles' focus right now is putting out really clever records, but joints that can bump in the club," the Harlem-bred producer says. "As far as his pen game, Charles is a genius in his own right. His whole vibe is left-field and he's one of the quickest artists I ever worked with. We did like 14 songs in two days. This might be the first time where he doesn't really produce the bulk of the album. I think people will be really surprised... that dude has a lot of good joints lined up." (VIBE)
Former Hamilton rap rival, Rhymefest, spoke with SOHH earlier this year and gave some advice to the young emcee.
"I mean, I don't have anything against the brother, like, I don't hardball, I just feel like you diss me, I diss you," Fest told SOHH referring to his past beef with Hamilton. "That's just the way it is, I don't hold no animosity but I see the brother is punishing himself. You know what I'm saying? He thinks there's something, he may think it's something Jesus-like in the self-sacrificing that he's doing but he's punishing himself and he has to, in his heart, he has to decide to stop doing that, not just with me but with everything. With the J-Dilla, the girl he hit on -- all the stuff, I kinda feel empathy, I think that would be the correct word, not sympathy but empathy, I'm like man bro, whatever depression, he gotta find happiness and stop punishing himself." (SOHH)
Check out Charles Hamilton's interview below: