New York rapper Charles Hamilton recently talked about his comeback to the music spotlight and why he’s a little nervous about overall reception.
According to Hamilton, he’s been steadily working with notable musicians.
“I’ve also been working with Ray Angry from The Roots; he’s an awesome keyboardist and pianist. So working with him I was able to flex my piano muscles. Plus I’ve been working with a bass player named Brian Cockerham, I wanna give him full props, and he’s definitely one of the best bass players I’ve ever played with in my entire life. So we would do impromptu jam sessions and those jam sessions would turn into beats that I would record to.” (XXL Mag)
Check out what Charles said about the nervous factor on the next page…
Hamilton also dished on the importance of having fan support.
“There is a certain nervous edge that comes with putting out any new music. I have been nervous about the Hamiltonization process. Thankfully, I have the type of fans and fan base that will stand by me because they know I’m trying to take things elsewhere as opposed to staying stagnant.” (XXL Mag)
Recently, Hamilton revealed mental illness nearly pushed him to a fatal decision.
“I wanted to commit career suicide, physical suicide, spiritual suicide — I didn’t care anymore,” says Hamilton in his first major interview since 2012, sitting in the Hollywood offices of his new management company, Turn First Artists. In 2010, his mother discovered that he was living in an abandoned building in Staten Island and telling friends he was going to jump off Macomb’s Dam Bridge in Harlem. At one point, Hamilton says he tried to overdose on lithium. “I thought my son was going to die,” says Talise Moorer. “He didn’t look like my child. He looked like an alien. He was just not there.” (Billboard)
Around 2010, Hamilton’s mom had him treated in an institution.
Moorer had Hamilton institutionalized against his will at a series of New York-area hospitals, where he says he was misdiagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. In December 2010, after his release, Hamilton set out on a bus to Los Angeles, where he hoped to re-establish himself in the music business. En route he made the spontaneous decision to get off the bus in Cleveland to reconnect with his estranged father, a former lawyer, to “try to get some perspective on who I am.” The trip didn’t go as planned. (Billboard)