[With his long-awaited Hamilton, Charles album now available, hip-hop veteran Charles Hamilton talks to SOHH about what sparked his much-needed return to music-making.]

The motivation is love. Love. I want to be able to provide for the woman I love. I love music.

To be honest, it’s a headache but I love the game. You gotta stay on your toes at all times. This is all for love.

Ironically, I say this while Musiq Soulchild is playing in the background.

If love provides for live performances, I’m here for it. If people love my music enough to make this new album a success, you might catch me on the road. I don’t mind doing intimate shows.

I’ve gotten into deejaying in recent years so I definitely want to get back behind the wheels of steel and do my thing. I have a totally different deejaying technique.

So if I ever get a chance to deejay and perform, it would be a blast. But I do it for the love.

I still do it for the love. As much as I need the money, I still do it for the love.

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