Listen to Charles Hamilton’s Debut Album ‘Hamilton, Charles’

Writing about an artist like Charles Hamilton is difficult for me. The only thing simple about him is that it’s easy to recognize the talent he has as an emcee and a producer. But as someone who grew up with Charles’ music from his Sonic days through the depression and rebirth with Republic, I have a difficult time separating the emotional roller coaster I’ve been on with him from the objective judgment one needs to review the music. Or maybe it’s because of that personal attachment that I’m in the perfect position to pick apart the album.

Regardless of my own dilemma, Charles Hamilton has battled over the years and, hopefully, won his own fights. And to mark this momentous occasion, he’s released his debut album Hamilton, Charles. It’s 12 songs of his honest self. He addresses opinions of the masses, his love for women, his mental instability, and more. Most of the beats on the album feel like classic mixtape Charles Hamilton, meaning that the beats aren’t lush and fill out the room. Instead, they play the backseat and accompany his lyrics. It’s a smart move from the emcee who should never be questioned on his bars.

After listening to his collaborative project with C. Young and his short EP, we now have a full LP to digest over the holidays. Enjoy.

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