News: Charles Hamilton Checks Into Mental Hospital, "In This Hospital I Can Really Be My Natural Self"

Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010 12:18PM

Written by Biz Jones

Rapper Charles Hamilton has reportedly checked into the NewYork Presbyterian Mental Hospital in an effort to gain control over his life.

Speaking in an interview, Hamilton explained his decision to seek medical help.

"Basically my stay here [NY Presbyterian Mental Hospital] is like identical to my stay in the industry. As far as being the new guy in here having to deal with politics & people trying to control you. The critics would have to be the doctors and the rounds [medicine guys]. So you can say this is like an experiment to see if the industry is really like an asylum or if I was the one bugging. Some say the Industry is like High School but it's just like a [mental hospital]." (Bossip)

Hamilton is also determined to prove a point while being closely looked after.

"My fellow artists would have to be my fellow patients, and they're just as frustrated as [rappers] cause they have to take their meds and the patients in the Industry [rappers] have to take their medicine which is Industry politics. I'm the retard who takes off my med bracelet and I just do exactly what I'm not supposed to do. All I would normally do, like the stuff I do people think it's irregular and people that really know me are like what's everyone mad about he's just being himself. In this hospital I can really be my natural self. Just like I am in the Industry but everyone is so content with putting up this fake imagery that feel like being yourself ruins your image. Everything I've done in this industry, whether it was based on outside speculation, peer pressure, or the outside feeling I was being extorted or the outside feeling I was buggin out, I remained true to me. I do it like I've done everything else in my life, it's just like I'VE ALWAYS BEEN VALEDICTORIAN MATERIAL BUT I'VE MADE SURE I WAS THE CLASS FAILURE just to prove a point to administrators and the people who make money off students in the school. I'm the kid in the back of the class that will probably get beat up by all your favorite bullies and is smarter than any kid that's ever stepped into the school but is failing..." (Bossip)

According to Presbyterian, the faculty and hospital is among the top in the country.

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is one of the most comprehensive university hospitals in the world, with leading specialists in every field of medicine. We are composed of two renowned medical centers, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, and affiliated with two Ivy League medical institutions, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Weill Cornell Medical College. (NewYork Presbyterian)

Recently, the rapper spoke on finding new life and interest in music.

"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 yougo 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)

Check out a recent Charles Hamilton interview down below:

YRB TV: Charles Hamilton (Part 1) from YRB Magazine on Vimeo.

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