Open Letter from Charles Hamilton

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Here I am, out of my protective external bubble, and into my own. I have made mistakes, angered some, confused others, fought guidance and embraced chaos. At the same time, I learned about self-growth, got acclaim for my work, touched hearts and developed positive relationships. All in the neverending learning experience that goes into the growth of a young person.

Some things are too circumstantial to explain. The best way to cover all ground, without placing blame and removing myself from responsibility is to say, no matter the intentions, make sure you are sure about every move. Whether it be an administrator you work with, or divine intervention, there is a voice that can guide you, without making you feel like you’re being intruded.

My time out of the proverbial limelight had many different motives. The first and most important was to make sure that my own sanity and health was in tact. I had publicly done several things to my image and reputation that made my very word suspect. This doesn’t stop at album info or YouTube videos. Something was aggravating me on the inside, and the last thing I wanted to do was let anyone in on how I was really feeling. Anxiety about being a “top artist”, the classic “I don’t fit in” syndrome. Things that I thought I got over came back into my memories with a vengeance.

Second, I had to get things right with my mother and family. Some things were in print and in music that required the family to talk in person. I wasn’t always around, and every family has their skeletons. I was just very verbal about such, because I didn’t have the forum to do so. I spewed no venom, but the very notion of condescending text towards family was a bad influence on my fans and a negative indicator towards professionals.

When the news broke about me being released from the label, I wasn’t mad. Just frustrated at the fact I would be asked a million pressing questions about it. My emotions were already numb at personal stuff, and I knew that being the (insert adjective here) of the music business would make me a humor target. Whatever I thought. All I wanted to do was release my music to the masses and be heard on the scale of legends. As it turns out, not only were a lot of people listening, but because of the vast quantity of music, it was hard to keep up with. For the masses and for the company I worked for.

Needless to say, I was on edge, but internally.

I wanted a comeback that is both epic and subtle. I recorded about 4 projects, one of which being “Normalcy”. I had so much on my mind. Don’t ever think I stopped doing music. I just had a heavy heart and to be blunt, there will never be such an insane barrage of Charles Hamilton music. But returning to the surface with a project that both explains and soothes was key. I’m very proud of “Normalcy”. It is the first time where there is no underlying plot or theme to follow. Want to know about the label situation, “Enter the Scope”. Wonder why I haven’t slept with all the women in Brooklyn after the success of “Brooklyn Girls”? Listen to “She’s Purrty”. My main concerns? “Baby Says I Want”.

“Normalcy” in effect is the interview that clears the air, starring Mike Rofone as the host.

Also, I shyed away from my regular “lo-fi” sound, to let the people know I hear the complaints of clarity that have mocked my music since its first push of the play button. I still have “edgy”, “lo-fi” music, but I would rather everyone say “Not only is the music good, but it doesn’t sound weird”. Who knows what sound the world may hear, especially in the dawn of the new decade.

Time will allow me to reveal who I am working with as far as getting the music out there. Right now, embrace me for who I am and know that I love all Starchasers, supporters, family… Everyone that has played a role in the baptism of Charles Hamilton. I am appreciative, and I am working on making this year and every other as progressive and CALM as chances allow.

Thank you.

*CH

Listen to The Normalcy EP here.


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55 Responses to “Open Letter from Charles Hamilton”

  1. Babydoll Says:

    Here I am, out of my protective external bubble, and into my own.

    ^immediately stops reading

  2. b-ease Says:

    Ooooookay…

  3. E AKA THE REAL NORIEAGA Says:

    fire your pr team

  4. D_Block_4_Life Says:

    but I can’t seem to turn away
    ^
    Me either, it definitely has to do with that fact that you can’t believe your eyes, and can’t believe shit like that really exist. In that sense, it is marveling.

  5. AmpGeez a.k.a Exhibit Geez Says:

    Stop It 5!

  6. BlackDonte Says:

    FUCK U CHARLES, U FUCKN LAME!!!

  7. landlord Says:

    Charles Hamilton = future GOAT

  8. Cashmere Cavalli aka The Debonair Cavalier Says:

    u don’t want the fame (c) Max B

  9. a tribe called quest Says:

    this dude ran 2008

  10. D_Block_4_Life Says:

    *doesn’t read*

    Someone who did, let me know if he mentions anything about future projects. I wasn’t whoa’d by The Norlmacy…it was average at best…i have to listen again in all fairness…

  11. a tribe called quest Says:

    Here I am, out of my protective external bubble, and into my own.

    ^immediately stops reading

    –lmaoo i couldnt get past the first paragraph

  12. b-ease Says:

    @ DBlock

    He recorded 4 projects before “returning”, Normalcy being one of them. No word on when the next one is being released, but he did say he wasnt going to oversaturate the blogs like he had in the past.

    *shakes head at self for actually reading*

  13. silas aka simon Says:

    Babydoll Says:

    January 5th, 2010 at 4:26 pm
    Here I am, out of my protective external bubble, and into my own.

    ^immediately stops reading

    ^
    co-sign

  14. landlord Says:

    a very well cononceived open letter as well… despite his perceived quirkiness, dude seems wise way beyond his years … just probably a little too young and/or naive to put said wisdom into action on a sustained basis … but no MC has been as creative or prolific as CH over the last two years …

  15. landlord Says:

    conceived > cononceived

  16. Yayza Says:

    CTRL+F “apologize”

    No results found. Ok, guess I’m still ignoring Chucky Cheese.

  17. samsohn Says:

    idiota

  18. Sooch Says:

    Dude needs to get over himself man. Why was that even necessary?
    Who is this guy? Can someone please thump this cornball? Talk about emo bullshit.

  19. cmon Says:

    who cares “opportunity comes once in a lifetime” he should have took heed before he entered the game. Fuck this post

  20. Melvin Burch Says:

    You guys are idiots. If you honestly can’t see the ‘apology’ in this, you’re just idiots. You act like he killed somebody. And stop bashing the so-called Emo bullshit. Or the next time life beats your ass don’t say anything. You’ll just be on some ‘Emo bullshit’.

  21. icecole Says:

    Damn, tough crowd. I thought the dude was humble and putting himself out there. He admitted mistakes like a man in an effort to move forward. How does one win with you folks?

  22. Belize Says:

    Babydoll Says:
    January 5th, 2010 at 4:26 pm
    Here I am, out of my protective external bubble, and into my own.

    ^immediately stops reading
    ^
    hahahaaa

  23. complexity Says:

    I have a feeling that he didn’t write that. I’m just saying!

  24. DJ RiF Says:

    Never felt Dude before, like him less now…

    We maybe could have used a letter like this from Rakim when he left Aftermath, but other than that I really wouldn’t give a shit about whats going on “in the mind” of these average-ass rappers in the first place…

  25. B.Payton Says:

    who cares “opportunity comes once in a lifetime” he should have took heed before he entered the game. Fuck this post
    —————————–

    Babydoll Says:
    January 5th, 2010 at 4:26 pm
    Here I am, out of my protective external bubble, and into my own.

    ^immediately stops reading
    ^
    hahahaaa
    ———————————————–
    yall niggas got me at work DYIN hahahahaha

  26. A.R. Marks Says:

    Is this guy still whining about people hating him for making fucking playground rap and saying/doing stupid shit?

    It’s like he can acknowledge he ‘made mistakes’ but he can’t apologize for any of them.

    C. Ham, you are the Chris Brown of hip-hop (as opposed to R&B) right now, and soon you will be the Lil’ Flip of the Midwest (as in utterly forgotten) unless you man up, grow up and stop throwing tantrums and pity-parties like this shit here.

  27. TheNet Says:

    I got yo back CH. Keep going….

  28. C-More Cake Says:

    The Chic That Punched Charles Hamilton In The Face (Ending His Career) > This Open Letter

  29. Greg Says:

    shut the fuck up charles

  30. TE Says:

    ** watches video of his face being punched again **

  31. sizzles Says:

    tl;dr

  32. Flr Says:

    This weak ass nig#% can not rap
    Please do not support sonic man
    he is a liar!! That’s the worst kind of person
    on top of his rhymes are weak as fuck!!!!

  33. !@### Says:

    My boy( Bangs) spits hotter bars
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nw1yaIPPAeI

  34. DJ Cable Says:

    Here I am, out of my protective external bubble, and into my own.

    ^immediately stops reading

    –lmaoo i couldnt get past the first paragraph

    ^^^^^^^^^^^

    Co-sign!

  35. ViolenceInSilence Says:

    Shut the fuck up Cha’ls!
    (c) the Juggernaut, bitch.

  36. wtf Says:

    I SUPPORT CH…

    THE PINK LAVALAMP WAS A CLASSIC.

    HE JUST NEEDS TO MAKE MUSIC..NOT BULLSHIT INTERVIEWS.

  37. Zoe Says:

    Well said. Excited for things to come.

  38. Wenzel Dashington Says:

    After I saw him get Chis Browned on YouTube I had to fall back.

  39. Sham aka The Computer Puter! Says:

    mixtape cover, hold the mixtape.

    Cameron wtf is wrong with you?

  40. Nahmeless AKA swallow my words, taste my thoughts. Says:

    You guys are idiots. If you honestly can’t see the ‘apology’ in this, you’re just idiots. You act like he killed somebody. And stop bashing the so-called Emo bullshit. Or the next time life beats your ass don’t say anything. You’ll just be on some ‘Emo bullshit’.

    &&&&&

    Damn, tough crowd. I thought the dude was humble and putting himself out there. He admitted mistakes like a man in an effort to move forward. How does one win with you folks?

    ^^^

    THIS && THIS.

    “How does it feel to wake up to the feeling of knowing that I don’t give a f*ck what you feeling?? (c) C.H.

  41. Cois Says:

    get over yourself, kid. fuking pathetic. never got attnetion growing up so now you an a drama whore. get off that kurt cobain shit.

  42. J. Caesar Says:

    never was a real charles hamilton fan..he really annoyed with some of his antics especially that soulja boy “beef” and the whole j. dilla situation..but i defintely respect dude for what he is trying to do to make things better…and his music ain’t bad..will mos def check more out

  43. +1 Says:

    just stfu and make better music, no excuse for being WACK

  44. JMack Says:

    this dude writes as if these kids are hanging on his every word.

    apparently he forgot how fickle his own generation is.

    stick with spray painting billboards luigi.

  45. Mike Jordan Says:

    Wooka-wooka-wooka!!!

  46. Binh Says:

    Pink Lavalamp > This Perfect Life > Normalcy.

  47. Enlightened Says:

    I just read a definition somewhere of the mental disorder that is Narcissism.

    This nigga is a classic case. He thinks he’s waaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyy more known and important than he is.

    NOBODY KNOWS WHO THE FUCK YOU ARE NIGGA – anymore than the random myspace rappers that had 750,000 friends.

    You are known by people who READ about hip-hop on blogs, because the blogs gave you a platform. You never actually crossed over into physical listenership. Stop this bullshit.
    Either make music or don’t, but stop this “I’m-going-to-address the whole world because they are waiting to-hear-from-me bullshit” because that’s not the case.

  48. Noles506 Says:

    Google : The Infamous Syndicate

  49. esco Says:

    Keep doin it Chuck! the musics fire everytime

  50. london Says:

    haha yall mad cos he got publicity hhahahaha. good one charles!

    he obviously does have listeners cos you guys all wanted to comment on him ahahahha..

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    We ryde that Charles Hamilton wave out in Jersey. Keep doing wat u do. I wish u had a video for conversations with god and starchasers. And normalcy is fuego. Suicides reminds me of varsity basketball heavy. 1 love ch.

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