Charles Hamilton

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Created on: 12 Apr 2009
For all Charles Hamilton Fans. Or for just fans of Nu Hip Hop. Charles Hamilton = Future of Hip Hop.

Charles Hamilton is an American producer and rapper born in Ohio, and raised in Harlem, New York.

Born in Ohio then went to Harlem, Charles Hamilton was exposed to music at an early age. "My mother was an entertainment journalist for the Cleveland Call and Post, so she would take me with her to events when I was just a baby."

His mother always made sure he had an instrument around him. She put different kinds of instruments in the basement of their Cleveland home, but he naturally gravitated to the keyboard. "At first, I was just playing the rhythm of the songs I would hear," says Hamilton. "The older I got, the more proficient I got at hearing the notes." For most of his life, he was self taught, picking up the lead and bass guitar in his teenage years, as well as the drums and harmonica. He says listening to other genres of music, being exposed to different cultures and experiencing life helped mold his musical sound.

Most of his music is sample-driven. Though he catches quite a bit of heat for his sampling, he insists it is for the good of music:

"When I sample, I'm not just doing it to sound good. I'm trying to tell a story. To convey an emotion. If I sampled it, there is a reason I sampled it. I believe that music is based on moments, and that there are some moments that people may have missed back in the day. They may have even missed it a year ago. When I sample, I'm giving the artist their respect, while simultaneously creating something new."

Utilizing a studio built in Frederick Douglass Academy (in West Harlem), Charles Hamilton spends countless hours in the studio, perfecting his craft and his signature sound. "The Lab (FDA's studio) means so much to me because when I literally didn't have anywhere else to go in the world, I can just go into my beloved alma mater and purge myself creatively." In this studio is where most (if not all) of Charles Hamilton's music is made. "Don't get me wrong," continues Hamilton. "I can do my thing in other studios. It's just something about home that makes my music breathe."

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  • DJN-Side

    I guess you aint catch when I say I put my mack down, Like I got a girl's top on my lap now.

    3 Jun 2009 Reply
  • zo55

    u bectha :P

    22 Apr 2009 Reply
  • King_

    A whole group based on Charles Hamilton?

    21 Apr 2009 Reply
  • zo55


    12 Apr 2009 Reply