(This was originally posted September 2010 & since then, Charles has had run ins with the law but, sadly, no new music. Not sure what’s going on with Chuck these days, but here’s to hoping he’s in a good mental state where ever he is)

If you’ve found your way to my little corner of the internet then chances are you’ve heard of this kid from Harlem named Charles Hamilton. Seemingly bursting on the Hip-Hop scene out of nowhere, Charles hit the blogs in 2008 as a fully formed artist, with a story (Homeless heroin addict/musical prodigy), a gimmick (All Pink Everything), an alter ego (Sonic The Hedgehog) and a label deal with Interscope Records already in place. I caught my first glimpse of Hamilton in a YouTube vid where he was having an impromptu freestyle session with Kanye West & The Game and it was clear that not only was Charles a true MC who could hang with the big boys but he could prolly rap circles around a few of them as well. Effortless in his flow, Charles Hamilton remains one of the best true freestyle rappers I’ve ever seen, but he was out to prove that he was more then just a one trick pony and had some very interesting (and opinionated) views on Hip-Hop and how to “play the game”.

An avid blogger, Charles continued to grow his fanbase with his words as a steady trickle of projects began to hit the ‘net. A mixtape with DJ Green Lantern here, a couple of unreleased tracks here, culminating in what still stands out as one of the more ambitious musical projects I’ve seen to date. Eight mixtapes released on eight different blogs in a four month time span, eponymously titled, The Hamiltonization Process. Sure some of the tapes were hit or miss but the highs were much greater then the lows and the project was successful in achieving it’s goal, which was to let the world (Wide Web) know that Charles Hamilton was going to be a force to be reckoned with. All the work paid off and resulted in his inclusion in XXL’s Top 10 Freshmen Of 2009. After such a shining endorsement, you’d think things were looking up for young Hamilton. And you would be wrong.

From losing rap battles to fans (I thought the white kid came with some writtens) to losing a war of the words to Soulja Boy (But I can’t front, he took an L on this one), rap beef was the least of Hamilton’s problems in 2009. Yeah, he got punched by a girl. So what? Son mighta got a little slick with the lips but she’s the one who was emotional and outta control. I think Hamilton handled himself like a G given the circumstances. Only thing you can fault him for is messing around with some unstable chick. But when you from the hood, this happens sometimes. (Shout out to my baby mama! The check’s in the mail.)

Yeah, he lied about knowing Dilla’s mom’s but I think he was more shocked at the reaction people had to him wanting to have J Dilla posthumously executive produce his debut album “This Perfect Life”. I know I was. I saw it as a sign of respect for a man who he obviously felt influenced his music as well as the music of many others. Hamilton even made a tape entirely based around Dilla beats (And Then They Played Dilla), right around the time it seemed like it became en vogue to do so. At least Hamilton can say Dilla directly influenced his production style. Some of the cats who were jumping on those beats had no connection to the man what so ever. I found that more disrespectful then trying to honor Dilla by giving him credit on his album.

Soon after, Charles’ major label debut was shelved and subsequently leaked on the internet and in the months after, Charles got dropped from Interscope, took a self imposed sabbatical to Los Angeles, returned to the bloggersphere with an apology and a bunch of new music with production from cats like DJ Toomp and Jim Jonsin. For a minute it appeared as if he was taking his lumps with a smile.

But after a lukewarm reception to his new material, as quickly as he had reappeared, he disappeared once again.

Most recently, Charles checked himself into New York Presbyterian Mental Hospital for a short stint and showed up a few weeks later at the offices of XXL Magazine where he dropped this epic 27 minute freestyle… From a wheelchair. Yeah, it’s always something with Chuck.

Since then, Charles has been releasing a new mixtape almost every other day and even though I’m a fan, I can’t lie, these days he misses way more often then he hits but therein lies the appeal of Charles Hamilton. At least to me anyway. Dude is so willing to experiment and put himself out there, even if it’s not his best work, even if he might lose some fans because of it. There’s a fearlessness in that act and that’s admirable but at the same time, if he wanted to just make music for himself, why release it? I think he owes more to the fans who have followed him from the jump, but more importantly, he owes it to himself to fulfill the promise he showed early on.

Chuck’s music manages to straddle the line of extreme fantasy (the high concept Well Isn’t This Awkward… and it’s follow up, Well This Isn’t Awkward (Winner Takes All) ) or reality (He dedicated an entire tracklist to his ex’s on Every Charles Hamilton Ex-Girlfriend’s Worst Nightmare along with the deeply personal, The Pink Lavalamp and This Perfect Life), I find his best work is when he tones down the dramatics & tries to make songs that people will listen to and enjoy instead of rapping solely to show people he’s nice at it.

There’s a certain contingent of Charles Hamilton fans who eat up everything he releases, lackluster or not. These “Starchasers” (As Hamilton affectionately calls them) are a part of the problem, enabling such a talented musician to continue to put out occasionally brilliant but for the most part, sub par music and treat it like it’s the reinvention of sound. Well I’m here to tell you Charles, it’s not. The potential for greatness is still there and I think focused efforts will yield better results but for the time being, I’m willing to ride out this wave of obscure music in hopes that he’ll eventually get his shit together somewhere later down the line.

After combing through all the Hamilton music I have been able to get my hands on, I present a cohesive collection of what I feel are his best songs since The Hamiltonization Process ended. Without further ado….
This Is Charles Hamilton

1. The Loser’s Revenge
2. Sega Music (Last of the Mauritians)
3. Some First Single Type Sh1t
4. Brooklyn Girls
5. Cali Oriental
6. Q and A
7. MTV Cribs (Produced by The Chonchords)
8. Body Roc (Introducing Show TuFli)
9. The North Pole Feat. Max B.
10. Tengo Una Pregunta
11. Loading Feat. MC Lyte
12. Do It
13. Heroin Girl (Produced by DJ Toomp)
14. Think Twice Feat. Yung Nate & Show Tufli (Produced by Woody)
15. SuperSonicLove
16. Coodies
17. Unapologetic
18. SuperSonicLove RMX (Produced by DJ Toomp)

After all my filibustering & comp of handpicked songs designed to turn even the most hardcore hater to a fan, if it doesn’t work & you still can’t bring yourself to give dude his props as a rapper, there is no way you can front on him as a producer. As a bonus, here’s a gang of instrumentals, all produced by Charles Hamilton.

Bonus: Charles Hamilton – Hamiltonstrumentals

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Comments on: "Throwback Blogs – Everybody Hates Charles Hamilton" (65)

  1. Everybody who didn’t read the essay above and skipped to the comments press 5.

  2. Heroine Headliner said:

    This post is CRACK…..

    Need some new CH…..

    I’m Charles Hamilton >>>>>

  3. Gbm comments >>> nah

    I gotta give props…
    Nah is a grave yard.
    Y’all proved eskay wrong.
    The nah comments are worse than rap radars right now

  4. ” Need some new CH….. ”

    Well, you didn’t hire him to MMG two months ago.

    Your fault.

  5. i fuck with Chuck Hamilton

    he got that steal your copper plumbing swag

  6. Heroine Headliner said:

    Yo abort…..

    I rememba goin to war…..

    On that news site…..

    Etherin multiple mutha fuckas…..

    They couldn’t handle a gangstas girth…..

  7. * waits for a guest-blog from Jackson7 about Home-made Sandbag *

  8. Heroine Headliner said:

    *BAWSE laugh* at worse than rap radar…..

    That’s tru ethereal…..

    ThisisRAWSE.com cummin soon…..

    Get ya wet wipes…..

  9. Heroine Headliner said:

    Gbm = fakes g’s, to they knees, coppin pleas…..

    Can’t fire ROZAY…..

    I’m from dade county…..

    I ain’t got no BAWSE…..

  10. I rememba goin to war…..

    On that news site…..

    Etherin multiple mutha fuckas…..

    ^
    word.

    i owe the real HH a hunnid favors for that.

    hopp too.

  11. know what’s funny?

    my cousin had 3rd degree burns all over his body…

    had a 10% chance of surviving.

    somehow made it.

    you’d think he would learn his lesson, and count his blessings, and straighten up…

    2 months after he got out the hospital..

    criminal tools, theft, possession of crack.

  12. Heroine Headliner said:

    shut ’em down…..

    Too much BAWSE…..

  13. Heroine Headliner said:

    Addiction ain’t a choice tho…..

    U hooked…..

    U fucked…..

    Even those who get past dat…..

    Relapse a few tines…..

    Who wanna do smack , rock, an whatnot?

    Trussst I served enough custies to kno….

  14. shut ‘em down…..

    Too much BAWSE…..

    ^

    he’s cut off from la famillia

  15. Heroine Headliner said:

    How u think I accumulated millions in accounts…..

    Chuck Ham threw away a deal wit intascope fo tha rock….

  16. charles ham is from cleveland originally.

    he was destined to lose.

  17. Heroine Headliner said:

    Once u hit tha rock….

    U need ta hit rock bottom….

    Lose everything….

    Family….

    Mney….

    Teef….

    Then u maybe got a chance….

    Juss keepin it 100 hunnid

  18. Then u maybe got a chance….

    ^
    it’s true.

    i seen a lot of that shit.

    always ends the same.

  19. Heroine Headliner said:

    #100hunnid

  20. This shit like a group therapy session all of a sudden.

    I’m ghost, tho, y’all stay safe and drug-free.

    Well, safe at least.

  21. Heroine Headliner said:

    Can’t enable negative behaviors…..

    Fo example…..

    My underlings ain’t got my money on time…?

    I need a doctors note from ’em…..

    Or they throat from ‘ em…..

    I only reinforce realness….

    #100hunnid

  22. Heroine Headliner said:

    GBM: Intervention edition

  23. Heroine Headliner said:

    Hopp….

    I’m a business mang…..

    Gotta comprehend ya customers…ya dig?

    Master they motivations…..

    To monopolize tha market…..

    #100hunnid

  24. mobbdeen said:

    @XLNC

    I can recommend Freddie Gibbs mixtapes, but he always rhymes over a variety of beats (but they’re often consistent enough to be on the same project), so he doesn’t have any mixtapes that completely exclude synth beats. But you can try “The Miseducation of Freddie Gibbs”, “Truth Is Gibbs” and “A (2)Dope EP”.

    I put a mix together with strictly east type shit. Dunno if you got it, but here’s the link again:

    http://mobbdeen.tumblr.com/post/4317409015/a-different-kind-of-gangsta-gibbs-mix

    Good luck.

  25. EnglandRepresent said:

    Slap that man Tron. Families and drug addiciton do NOT go hand in hand.

  26. Heroine Headliner said:

    Word to engrapist…..

    Business neva personal….

    I dun sold my moms crack thun…..

    #mylifecrazylikeobama

  27. Heroine Headliner said:

    Tha beat is D Minor…..

    But tha weight I’m holdin so major…..

  28. mobbdeen said:

    @Eng

    How does it feel to know you’ll NEVER be in the champions league again?

  29. EnglandRepresent said:

    Deen how does it feel to know you’re a nancy boy, shirt-lifting, turd dodger but your affiliation with all tings Arse.

    We’ll get Champs League again. 3 points behind City with a game in hand and who’s that against?? Oh yeah the Arse. And what happend last year? Danny Rose from 35 yards motherfucker that’s what happened. Remind what the score was from earlier this season? Mug.

    YIDS > ______

  30. gramMasta said:

    There doesn’t seem to be a wp-config.php file. I need this before we can get started. Need more help? We got it. You can create a wp-config.php file through a web interface, but this doesn’t work for all server setups. The safest way is to manually create the file.

    Create a Configuration File

    ^ nahright?

  31. real nigga shit said:

    Is it me or are Amp and Harlem World the best posters and thread writers on this blog team?

    That fuck nigga from Porto Alegre…none of his written pieces are gramattically correct…

    HH…sounds like he on a acid trip…and he Blog like Torch from Triple C’s bra size…Rawse..

    Cut the dead weight…amputate…cut the cancer..

    Jihad and TS1900 i know ya hear me…

  32. real nigga shit said:

    Engrep you’re a Tottenham FC fan? Spurs? Sperm…I mean Hot Spurs…I mean Hot Sperms?

    Crouch?

    Van der Vaart is that dude though…

    but damn…say it aint so..

    Gunners >>>

    Where my Goons at?

  33. real nigga shit said:

    why is Charlie Hamiltons dressing like an Idealize Old English Man…London Bloke with the Cloak…?

    Skinny tie…button down dress shirt…size 25 jeans (ross can’t fit in those)….black hard bottoms…Cloak Rain Coat…Umbrella?

    What straight nigga wear an umbrella? Fag…thats not swag…you go on outside and take that rain and get wet…fuck boy..run some water thru that nappy head…fuck nigga

    I thought Chuck Ham was from Harlem?

    fuck he dressing like Euro Italiano from Milano?

    I want my nigga to act and be like niggas..

    I want my euros to act and be like my euros..

    don’t mix em…I don’t want a euro afro nigger…

    nah…don’t mix my shit..

    thats like 2 dicks with no chick…find my self in some serious shit…i dont fuck with

  34. EnglandRepresent said:

    Hoots if you founds yourself ‘twixt two dicks you’d be fucking mclovin it you big poofter (y).

    If there was a GB$ BBQ swear down we’d need to get St John’s Ambulance there to give you Gooner lovin nuffties some medical care after bricks got thrown in your face.

  35. yo eng

    word is ya moms is gonna bite the tops off of glass beer bottles with her pussy teef @ the GB$ BBQ

    they call her vagina dentata

  36. I never really f*cked with Charles Hamilton like that, but now I’m curious. Downloading the ‘This is Charles Hamilton’ mix. Thanks Amp.

  37. @Amp.. Great post bredrin!

    @MobbDeen, thanks for that link, Ima be sure to check it out! *Daps

    @FBM, just LOL! “I don’t want a euro afro nigger” lool who can possibly say that and get away with it?!

    GBM>>>>

    Hit my blog up though at http://www.thisthatnew.tumblr.com

    Would appreciate your time and any comments if you will.

    Peace Young Republicans

  38. Who the fuck is Danny Rose?

    I bet evenTwitchy Redknapp doesn’t know who he is anymore.

  39. Shanghai23 said:

    van der Vaart though>>>

    used to play for Hamburg (my hometown, currently not living there though)…dude has only 2 weaknesses, his speed and his temper. Genius Player! Im still hoping one day he will come back to Hamburg, but i think he signed for like 5 years so thats probably not gonna happen

  40. Shanghai23 said:

    and i actually agree with what one person said before me…would be cool if you guys would update more regularly. I know you put more thoughts into your posts than most blogs, but in between the “big” posts, why not post some new songs, mixtapes etc? Something to spark some new discussions here.
    I think youre site would benefit from that. You are like 8 guys with different tastes in music and i think there should be something which is worth posting to at least one of you every day.

    Just my thoughts on how to improve the site (my opinion)

  41. Yo abort…..

    I rememba goin to war…..

    On that news site…..

    Etherin multiple mutha fuckas…..

    They couldn’t handle a gangstas girth…..
    ^
    LMAO, I remember that

  42. EnglandRepresent said:

    Who the fuck is Danny Rose?

    ^^The bloke who stole 3 points off your shabby outift last season. Yids looking to make it 3 wins in 3 against the Gooners next week. You’re just a shit team from Epping.

  43. Shanghai23 said:

    Charles Hamilton, i dont know i never got into his music. I downloaded 2 or 3 tapes a few years ago but wasnt my cup of tea.
    Maybe i will give this compilation a shot, but theres too much good music out now to check and not enough time

    The Weeknd – House of balloons>>>

  44. EnglandRepresent said:

    XNLC – get some UK music on your shit. Nuff of the Yank stuff. You’re from UK bro, rep your endz.

  45. real nigga shit said:

    XNLC is ashamed of being a Brit or Lamping in London or being from UK…

    It’s a shame really.

    The chap is confused…

    Scallie…Chav….

    Fuck Bloke…

    He suck new york dick…and he thinks he’s a harlem nigga in the Euro

  46. real nigga shit said:

    Arsene Wenger >>>

    That wanker……is a molestor…child pedophile..

    but he can coach his ass off…

    Shout out to all my wankers

  47. real nigga shit said:

    Eric Crouch is a wanker…weird looking fellow…eh…
    His legs look like stilts…he’s 6’7″ and weighs 75 pounds soaking wet..with change in his pocket and timbo boots on…no laces

    Lilywhites got lucky with AC Milan..

    Gattusso went off on that whole squad

  48. real nigga shit said:

    All the Jamaicans and African Migrants from London and GB/UK…England…

    always be on some other shit…so fucking pretentious…I hate those cock suckers…

    They think they’re better than us Yanks…

    Always get into some beef with im in London….I be at Brixton…doing mischevious things…

    Shit > Euro Niggers

    they think that better than US AFRICAN AMERICANS (C) Beezy

    I slap their big lips across the pond…if I ever encounter one….again

    They dress like them dudes from Street Ettiquette..

    fucking nigerians and ghananias…

  49. Heroine Headliner said:

    throwback…..
    —————–
    If a family member is stupid enough to do something like that then they deserve it!
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Yo momma was dumb enough to not swallow the sperm that became your unemployed ass….Look in the mirror….Are you happy wit wut you see….Look me in my eyes, do you see a CO……TEFLON DON….#1 ALBUM in the Country…..MAYBACH MUSIC

  50. Heroine Headliner said:

    HeroinHead – 3:10 PM 0 Votes Report User

    Also, jeezy, if you reading this…..you best to chill doggie, if you feelin froggie……then take that leap

  51. EnglandRepresent said:

    Eric Crouch is a wanker…weird looking fellow…eh…
    His legs look like stilts…he’s 6’7″ and weighs 75 pounds soaking wet

    ^^You mean Peter Crouch, Hoots. And yes he’s an odd lookin fella. Fucking hilarious bloke though. Have you seen his missus, Abby Titmuss? Fucking enormous melons, gorgeous norks. Crouchie got interviewed once and when the interviewer said to him, ‘What would you be if you weren’t a Premier League footballer?’ Crouch said, ‘A VIRGIN’.

    Fucking brilliant.

    UK sense of humour > Yankee sense of humour.

    ALL DAY

  52. Yo momma was dumb enough to not swallow the sperm that became your unemployed ass….Look in the mirror….Are you happy wit wut you see….Look me in my eyes, do you see a CO……TEFLON DON….#1 ALBUM in the Country…..MAYBACH MUSIC

    ^
    *tears^

  53. Yo momma was dumb enough to not swallow the sperm that became your unemployed ass….Look in the mirror….Are you happy wit wut you see….Look me in my eyes, do you see a CO……TEFLON DON….#1 ALBUM in the Country…..MAYBACH MUSIC

    ^
    *tears^

    ^ Classic …

  54. @EngRep dw man I’m gonna be uploading music from here, it’s just that tumblr is a tad bit limiting in terms of media output, but don’t watch that.. I’ll be sure to put North London on the map. I might review the latest Lowkey album or put some new shit out.

    @FBM, you ain’t never been to Brixton, matter of fact you ain’t never been to no hood, you too busy admiring pretty boys and be on some next designer brand shit, FOH.
    Quit talking about rimshots too.

  55. Tony Bandz said:

    bickley, peckham, new cross, stockwell, lewis and deptford

    what up my london niggas

    euro >> u.s.

  56. Peace Tony.

    Can’t forget Tottenham and Hackney. Cassidy been to Hackney.

  57. UK sense of humour > Yankee sense of humour

    ^^
    Co-Siggidy! As much as I’m a fan and admire people like Martin Lawrence, Will Smith, Katt Williams etc, UK humour is so sharp, and you gotta use some intelligence to understand the type of wit.

    London, we in here!

  58. Tony Bandz said: April 14, 2011 at 6:59 am bickley, peckham, new cross, stockwell, lewis and deptford

    what up my london niggas

    euro >> u.s.

    ^ from a nigga who lived in both respectively. No sign.

    UK aint been funny Since Benny Hill.

  59. Bricktop said:

    . . . and that saddest part is that someone’s going to try crack for the first time tonight.
    and heroin too.
    Smmfgdh.
    * daps my fellow conservative constituents*

  60. what up do

  61. cOLD, I’d probably agree to the fact that America got bigger and better household names in regards to comedians, but I do prefer the dry wit we got out here.

    Anybody watching the IPL? That shit is >>>>

  62. hhhh

  63. […] This is Charles Hamilton, who Went Mental And Fell Off before anyone even got a chance to call him the greatest rapper alive in youtube comments, and now endures his mates trying to explain to him that existence costs money. It’s not new (it’s from 2008) but it’s still a jam. Brief potted summary of Charles’ trajectory: made mixtapes, signed to Interscope, got punched by a girl, claimed the ghost of J Dilla was his executive producer, was no longer signed to Interscope. There’s a homemade compilation and a better explanation on George Bush Money. […]

  64. Charles Hamilton had/has the potential to be one of the greatest ever, I REALLY believe/believed that. Its not too late. Totally agree hes put out a lot of subpar music in the last year or so, but theres been amazing stuff too. Gonna netnerd it up and point out that Brooklyn girls and Cali oriental were from Outside Looking and My Brain is Alive respectively, which were both part of the Hamiltonization process I thought.. Forgive me if Im wrong.

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