Charles Hamilton (rapper)

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Charles Hamilton
Birth name Charles Eddie-Lee Hamilton, Jr.
Also known as Free Lance, CH, Sonic, Sonic the Hamilton, CHx, Autumn Harvest, Dr. Chemistetic, <PIRATE RADIO>Charles Hamilton<PIRATE RADIO>
Born November 10th, 1987 (1987-11-10) (age 26)
Cleveland, Ohio, United States[1]
Origin Harlem, New York, United States
Genres Nu-Hop, Future Sounds, From Outer Space, Cinematic Hallucinations, Sonic, Thematic Compilations, Music's Spokesperson, NuHop^2
Occupations Musician, Artist, Rapper, Singer-Songwriter, Record Producer
Instruments Piano, Guitar, Drums, Various Digital Instruments (i.e.: Garage Band, Logic, Pro Tools, Fruity Loops, MPC etc.)
Years active 2005–present

Interscope (2007–2009) NewCo (2009–2010)

Turn First Artists/Universal (2012–)
Associated acts All City Chess Club, Bagdad, DJ Skee, Fedel, I.S.A, J-Means, Proven, Sha-leik, SHow TuFli, SKE the Heistman, Spud Mack, Woody, Yung Nate.

Charles Eddie-Lee Hamilton, Jr. (born November 10, 1987), known as Charles Hamilton, is an American hip hop recording artist and record producer from Harlem, New York City, New York. His popularity began to flourish after being featured on the cover of the Freshmen 09' XXL.[2]


Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Raised in Harlem, New York, 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." Hamilton stated his mother always made sure he had an instrument around him. His mother put different kinds of instruments in the basement of their Cleveland home, but he naturally gravitated to the keyboard. Hamilton has stated, "At first, I was just playing the rhythm of the songs I would hear... The older I got, the more proficient I got at hearing the notes." For most of his life, Hamilton was self-taught. Picking up the lead and bass guitar in his teenage years, as well as the drums and harmonica. Hamilton has stated that listening to other genres of music, being exposed to different cultures and experiencing life helped mold his musical sound. Utilizing a studio built in the Frederick Douglass Academy, Charles Hamilton has spent countless hours in the studio, developing his craft and his own signature sound. Hamilton stated, "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." The studio in the Frederick Douglass Academy is where most of Charles Hamilton's music is made. Hamilton has also stated, regarding FDA's studio, that "[I] can do my thing in other studios. It's just something about home that makes my music breathe."[1]

Hamilton met future manager Le'Roy Benros after offering to help with a music event that he was organising.[3] When Benros eventually heard his music he was "blown away" and arranged a meeting at Hamilton's high school in Harlem.[3] Benros set about promoting his first client in any way that he could, burning CDs, putting him on at showcases and securing his first appearance on the influential blog "You Heard That New".[3] He also managed to introduce Hamilton to Theo Sedlmayr, one of the most powerful entertainment lawyers in the music industry.[3]

2008–2009: Interscope Records & This Perfect Life[edit]

In 2008, Hamilton stated that his debut solo digital album, The Pink Lavalamp, is his way of illustrating his ideas for the future of music.[4] The Pink Lavalamp was later released on December 8, 2008 online as a free download.

His song "Brooklyn Girls" was featured on Season 5, Episode 3 "The All Out Fall Out" of the HBO series Entourage. His song "Lacey Duvalle" was an ode to pornographic actress Lacey Duvalle.

Hamilton was to be releasing his first studio album on Interscope, titled This Perfect Life, in 2009. According to Hamilton's blog at the time, the album was to be released digitally on June 23, 2009,[5] and the physical copy in stores on August 25, 2009.[6] The album was supposed to be Hamilton's major label debut and the first album distributed by a major record label for free download on Charles Hamilton's own website. There was also a physical copy of the album that would have to be purchased in stores that included a DVD of animated videos to help the listener get a better feel for the music. After months of speculation, the album was never released as a result of Hamilton getting dropped from Interscope on September 19, 2009 for multiple reasons, including but not limited to his poor performance at a Penn State rap battle and his unapproved crediting of J Dilla.[7] Manager Le'Roy Benros later explained why he felt Hamilton's career stalled by telling HitQuarters:

"I think things happened too fast. I don't think we were well prepared for what was given to us."[3]

The unreleased album was released digitally as a leak on various websites.[8]

2010–present: The Mind of Charles Hamilton[edit]

On March 25, 2010, Charles Hamilton released his mixtape entitled The Binge Vol. 3 – Charles Hamilton's Last Mixtape.[9] Although he announced that The Binge Vol. 3 would be his last mixtape, Hamilton, along with fellow rapper B.o.B, released a video trailer on March 29, 2010 to promote the song "Paperboy".[10] In the video, B.o.B hinted that the two may be making a mixtape together. The single "Paperboy" ended up being released on May 21, 2010 and was produced by Woody.[11] Also in March, Hamilton dedicated a song called "Choices (A Wave to Alex)" in honor of a friend who died after getting in the car with a drunk driver."[12] Hamilton released a new single called "Gauchos" on May 4, 2010.[13] On July 3, 2010, Hamilton released six mixtapes entitled Well This Isn't Awkward (Winner Takes All), Autumn Harvest, Gynophobia, Atlantis and A..., 10 Things I Hate About Me and The L Word II (INcomplete).[14]

On September 23, 2011, one day after his discharge from Community Assessment & Treatment Services Rehab (C.A.T.S), Charles Hamilton released two mixtapes, 'Gynophobia 2' & 'C.A.T.S. Can']. Early morning of October 4, 2011, Charles Hamilton publicly released What the Hell Is Wrong with You?! via his Facebook page. This project was written during his rehabilitation and later recorded following his discharge from rehab on September 22, 2011.

On June 18, 2012 On His Twitter Charles Hamiltion announced that he was releasing another independent album entitled Ill Doesn't Meen Classic on July 7, 2012. Hamilton also announced that he was working on a new studio album entitled The Mind of Charles Hamilton to be released sometime in 2013.

On July 30, 2012, Charles Hamilton released a mixtape titled Cinematic Hallucinations: The Bully And The Pet which featured rapper SKE and included the Eminem-produced single "I Don't Care".[15]

In March 2013, Charles went to London in an attempt to rediscover himself and is now focusing on his music and other things he is passionate about in life.

Personal life[edit]

He is the cousin of fellow rapper MC Lyte.[16]


J Dilla[edit]

Hamilton caused some controversy when album covers were released and the deceased producer J Dilla, was named as executive producer.[17] A handful of Dilla’s closest associates through hip hop began speaking out against Hamilton's use of the name and its connection to his music. Hamilton later stated he wished to financially help J Dilla's mother who had thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, the same illness that took J Dilla's life. J Dilla's name was later removed from the album artwork due to legal reasons.[18]


Charles Hamilton discography
Studio albums 4
Singles 9
Music videos 110
Independent Albums/Mixtapes/Instrumentals ---

(listed by year originally recorded; not intended original/actual release date)

Major/Indie Label Studio Albums[edit]

Listed with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Title Album Details Peak Chart Positions
Substance Abuse
  • Recorded: 2008
  • Commercial Release: Rejected for production
  • Released: April 18th, 2013
  • Label: Interscope
  • Formats: CD, digital download
"This Perfect Life"
  • Recorded: 2009
  • Commercial Release: Shelved (Originally June 23rd, 2009)
  • Released: September 20th, 2009
  • Label: Interscope
  • Formats: CD, digital download
T.A.F.I.E.T.U (The Album For Interscope Executives To Understand)
  • Recorded: 2009
  • Commercial Release: Rejected for production
  • Released: August 13th, 2010
  • Label: Interscope
  • Formats: CD, digital download
My Heart
  • Recorded: 2010
  • Released: Cancelled by artist
  • Leaked: May 18th, 2014
  • Label: NewCo
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Independent Albums[edit]

Year Title
2005 From the desk of...
  • Leaked: December 1st, 2011
2006 Sober Karaoke
  • Leaked: July 11th, 2011
the come down
  • Released:
The Pink Lavalamp
  • Released: December 8th, 2008 (Recorded in 2006–2007)
2007 The Broken Pink Lavalamp
  • Leaked: May 18th, 2014
The Zone
  • Leaked: May 18th, 2014
Outside Looking
  • Released: June 1st, 2008
2009 Well Isn't This Awkward...
  • Released: February 12th, 2009
Grow Wing Pains
  • Released: August 13th, 2010
  • Released: December 28th, 2009
2010 The Blue Lavalamp: M/A/T/E (Mirrors Are The Enemy)
  • Released: September 16th, 2010
  • Released: September 28th, 2010


The Come Up Years '05, '06, '07[edit]
  • 2006: the come down EP
  • 2007: The Binge Vol. 1: Staring At The Lavalamp
  • 2007: Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
  • 2007: The Charles Hamilton Project
  • 2007: Excellence Of Execution: The Pink And Black Attack
  • 2007: The Power Of Illumination
  • 2007: The Truth Is Pink
  • 2007: The Binge Vol. 2: Gathering Dust
The Hamiltonization Process 2008 Era[edit]
  • 2008: American Gangsta: Who Is Charles Hamilton?
  • 2008: American Gangsta v2.0: Where Is Charles Hamilton?
  • 2007: Crash Landed
  • 2008: Death Of The Mixtape Rapper
  • 2008: And Then They Played Dilla
  • 2008: Staff Development
  • 2008: its charles hamilton
  • 2008: the L word
  • 2008: Sonic the Hamilton
  • 2008: Intervention
  • 2008: The Best Of The Hamiltonization Process
  • 2008: The UP
  • 2008: The Starlight Zone
LivingInTheDeadZone '09 Era[edit]
  • 2009: My Brain Is Alive
  • 2009: Every Charles Hamilton Ex-Girlfriend's Worse Nightmare
  • 2009: The Dead Zone
  • 2009: At Most I'm Just... (The Incubus Project)
  • 2009: Dope2Go: The halo+Hamilton Project
  • 2009: Shut Up Already!!! (3-Song Mixtape)
  • 2009: This Perfect 3-Song Mixtape
  • 2009: "This Perfect Life" EP
  • 2009: W.i.C.H Craft (Where Is Charles Hamilton?)
  • 2009: Charles Hamilton's Attempt At "SWAG"
  • 2009: The Florescent EP
The Multi-Hamiltonization Process 20Hamil10 Era[edit]
  • 2010: The Binge Vol. 3: Charles Hamilton's Last Mixtape.
  • 2010: Well This Isn't Akward. (Winner Takes All)
  • 2010: a bi-polar rabbit
  • 2010: Gynophobia
  • 2010: Atlantis And A...
  • 2010: the L word too: Lust Or Love (INcomplete)
  • 2010: 10 Things I Hate About Me
  • 2010:
  • 2010: Starchaser Radio
  • 2010: For Your Locker (3-Song High School/Campus EP)
  • 2010: Sonic the Hamilton 2: HD ((The Scroll Of Beethoven And Machiavelli))
  • 2010: reIntervention
  • 2010: Snap Crackle Pop
  • 2010: Mic Check (the L word 3)
  • 2010: Starchaser Radio 2
  • 2010: Back To The Future, Back To The Haze
  • 2010: The Hardest Mixtape EVER...Muthafuckas
  • 2010: #NHF (Behind The Lavalamp/I'm Not Gay)
  • 2010: Lady Knuckles: The Diary Of Alison Foster
20Ham11 Era[edit]
  • 2011: C.A.T.S. Can
  • 2011: What the Hell Is Wrong with You?!
  • 2011: When I Wanna Wonder
  • 2011: Arguments with Briana
  • 2011: Happy 9th Birthday
  • 2011: Beats for the Cause
  • 2011: And Then They Played Dilla 2
  • 2011: LoadItCockItAimItBaby
  • 2011: Speechless in Brooklyn
  • 2011: Apples Album
  • 2012: Tafie2much: One 4 FDA
  • 2012: Andrea Mendez (The Opera Album)
  • 2012: … After Them Niggas Played Madlib
  • 2012: Waitin On Tasha
  • 2012: Happy Silvalentine's Day
  • 2012: The L Word 4 (She's a Subtitle)
  • 2012: Hov Kitty
  • 2012: Minaj Kitty (Awkward 3: CampusRedCarpet)
  • 2012: Doom Kitty (StH3)
  • 2012: Uncle Jigga's Wardrobe
  • 2012: Herbal Essences Recall Order (She's My HERO)
  • 2012: Astrolove Says Go
  • 2012: Camera Coolant (Egyptian Circus)
  • 2012: Coke Whore Habits
  • 2012: 2012ilton (Music Inspired by Diablo III)
  • 2012: Cinematic Hallucinations Presents: The Bully and the Pet
  • 2012: The Black Owl
  • 2012: August 14th Doom Thousand and Twelve
  • 2012: The L Word V
  • 2012: StH4: Shadow the Hamilton
  • 2012: I Always Die in Brooklyn
  • 2012: … As a Street Rat
  • 2012: … As a Mogul
  • 2012: Gadget Goes to High School
  • 2012: Jack and the Box
  • 2012: Marvelstrumentals
  • 2012: MPCH=Gadget and Friends
  • 2012: One 4 SK
  • 2012: Phoenix Thursday
  • 2012: AlchemizedAstro_sScienceProject
  • 2012: Edge's First Mixtape (TCHE)
  • 2012: The Nils Styger Mixtape
  • 2012: Happy 9th Birthday 2_ Cruel Halloween OST
  • 2012: Dragonfly Destiny
  • 2012: Ugly Desdemona
  • 2012: Chinese Laundry
  • 2012: Catholic Illuminati: V2k12
  • 2013: The Album
  • 2013: From The Desktop Of
  • 2013: Staff Development 2 (With Demevolist)
  • 2013: Catholic Illuminati: Papal Infallibility
  • 2013:
  • 2013: And Then They Played Dilla 3: Life Sentence
  • 2013: Happy 9th Birthday! Pt. 3: Nicki Minaj Goes To London
  • 2013: Rhapsody Case Closed
  • 2013: The Mind of Charles Hamilton
  • 2013: The Body of Charles Hamilton
  • 2013: The Heart of Charles Hamilton
  • 2013: The Soul of Charles Hamilton
  • 2013: The End of Charles Hamilton
  • 2013: Tarot Freestyle
  • 2013: Death And The Downs
  • 2013: And Then They Played Dilla IV_ The Nastiest, Freakiest, Ratchetist Tribute You Could Ever Hear
  • 2013: Catholic Illuminati: The 9th Wonder Album
  • 2013: TWA Flight 801: The Clyde Drexler Spell
  • 2013: SkateKey in '87
  • 2013: TWA Flight 801: Steve Smith and the Blazer
  • 2013: Apocalyptic Rebellion
  • 2013: Al Simmon's Wedding Ring
  • 2013: Catholic Illuminati: Infinite Psalms
  • 2013: Getting High Before Graduation
  • 2013: EscapeFromTheDeadZone (Autumn Holocaust/Winter Rush)
  • 2013: StHZERO: The Death of Charles Hamilton
  • 2013: CH's Garage Sale
With 'Demevolist Music Group'[edit]
  • 2008: Ayo! These Niggaz Went Hollywood
  • 2009: First Order of Business Disc 1: Plan
  • 2009: First Order of Business Disc 2: Execute

Promotional Singles[edit]

Year Song Chart Positions Album
U.S. U.S. R&B U.S. Rap UK UK R&B CAN
2008 "Brooklyn Girls" 97 Outside Looking
2009 "Loser" The Pink Lavalamp
"Babara Walters" "This Perfect Life"
2010 "Press C" Substance Abuse
"Paperboy" (feat. B.o.B) Freshman Friday
"Choices (A Wave For Alex)" My Heart
"Gauchos" My Heart
"All Alone" My Heart
2012 "i don't care (Co-Produced by Eminem)" ill doesn't meen classic

Music Videos[edit]

Year Song Album Director
2008 November 10 Outside Looking Matt Alonzo
Brooklyn Girls
2009 Loser The Pink Lavalamp Travis Satten
Word? Aight
2012 Grounded For Life My Brain Is Alive Charles Hamilton
2013 FallInOutOfLove ill doesn't meen classic Charles Hamilton
No Swag
Here We Go
Sleep On The Floor
_A Lot
DSW the L word
Brooklyn Girls 2 (Hit Or Miss)
New Romney Dragonfly Destiny
Figure It Out Chinese Laundry
Sermons From The Book Of Jude Catholic Illuminati: Infinite Psalms
Catholic Couple's Therapy
Trying Hard the end of Charles Hamilton.
Big Booty Nicki a street rat
Him Catholic Illuminati: Papal Infallibility
Warren Buffet @ Sin City a mogul
WWJD Catholic Illuminati: Infinite Psalms
Now We're Here
Word Of Mouth Catholic Illuminati: Infinite Psalms
Job Day At The Vatican
Threat, Hamiltonized (The Doom Of Charles Hamilton)
To Bella (shhh...)
The 7th Seal Last Train To London: The Album
New Email Address
Sour Times Two Catholic Illuminati: Infinite Psalms
A Bored 6
Amber's Rose
4 Minutes In The Vatican Catholic Illuminati: V2k12
Colorbling The Mind Of Charles Hamilton
Take Me Off!
Don't Look Back Catholic Illuminati: Infinite Psalms
Hi Sir The Mind Of Charles Hamilton
African Violent Nightmares Catholic Illuminati: Infinite Psalms HamilVision
Flight Atten(dance) TWA Flight 801: Steve Smith And The Blazer
Twitter 16 Death Of The Mixtape Rapper
As Long As (Keep Turnin' It Up) Al Simmon's Wedding Ring
CATS Said I Can Diss You (9th is cool sometimes...) C.A.T.S Can
Al Pacino In Simon3 Catholic Illuminati: Infinite Psalms
Don't Touch Me Outside Looking
I Don't Even Care The Dead Zone
Charles Hamilton Isn't Sonic? StHZERO: The Death Of Charles Hamilton
Charles Hamilton Is A Radiohead Fan?
Ain't Got A Chance (November 10, 2013) Winter Rush
My Hobby StHZERO: The Death Of Charles Hamilton
High On A Hammock CH's Garage Sale
Time Crisis With No Gun
2014 East Lenox (Only Like-Mind Is Pharrell) CH's Garage Sale HamilVision
Dear Dr. Doom StHRezzurexion
Shame On You
The SEGA Album
Him Catholic Illuminati: Papal Infallibility
Acknowledging Magic The Soul Of Charles Hamilton
Paranoid Schizophrenia Winter Rush
The Mystery Of Madden (Dirt On My Pink) Catholic Illuminati: Infinite Psalms
Brazilian Crying Season Staff Development
All Alone "This Perfect Life"
results may vary, but ga head (Yonkers Remix) Al Simmon's Wedding Ring
Billionaire Bullshit a mogul
High Baby a street rat
And Once I Roll Up Catholic Illuminati: Infinite Psalms
Cleveland NiteSkyline CH's Garage Sale
Jeff Distin Meetings C.A.T.S Can
No Comment Catholic Illuminati: Infinite Psalms
Islamic Voodoo (One 4 Rosa) StHZERO: The Death Of Charles Hamilton
With It StHRezzurexion (Commercial Break) Well Isn't This Awkward...
Tellin' (Chuck's Theme) Catholic Illuminati: Infinite: Psalms
Coming Around And Then They Played Dilla
I Am More Concerned With Love Than Life 10 Things I Hate About Me
Radioworks StHRezzurexion
A Crash TWA Flight 801: Steve Smith And The Blazer
Beyoncé's Booty CH's Garage Sale
Charles Hamilton Is Suicidal? StHZERO: The Death Of Charles Hamilton
How's My Driving Catholic Illuminati: Infinite Psalms
Charles Hamilton Is Leaving His House StHZERO: The Death Of Charles Hamilton
In The Middle (New CH Beat For Iggy) Catholic Illuminati: Infinite Psalms
Clear Skie, No Turbulence TWA Flight 801: Steve Smith And The Blazer
Brazilian Masses African Child Pornography
Cherry Poppin' Daddy
Joey Jupiter
You Ready, B?
Starlight Catholic Illuminati: Papal Infallibility
Steve Jobs (And Dr. Dre) Catholic Illuminati: Infinite Psalsms
Marilyn Monroe Or Hope Witsell a bi-polar rabbit
You Idiot! Unforgiven
Hyperspeed My Heart
A Kraftwerk Sample African Child Pornography
Gangsta Girlz Zombie Apocalypse
Data Decked Captain Kirk African Child Pornography
Cries Of The Bloodshot Eyes
So Lunar Antithesis
Unfaithful Unforgiven
You Ready (Again) B? African Child Pornography
Toodle Loo Antithesis
Prom Sucks The Evil Microchip
Stripping Vampire Sunlight
Use As Directed Antithesis
Da White Rabbit Vampire Sunlight
I Get It Boy Who Played With Barbie
Interview With The Vampire 'aware.
Cleveland NiteSkyline (KingJames Version) CH's Garage Sale
A Post On Kreayshawn's Wall Chef's Salad
Overachievers 'aware.
2noyt Antithesis


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  12. ^ Courtesy of: WordIsBorn. "That's That...: Charles Hamilton – "Choices (A Wave For Alex)"". Retrieved 2010-09-15. 
  13. ^ "Gauchos – Single by Charles Hamilton – Download Gauchos – Single on iTunes". 2010-05-04. Retrieved 2010-09-15. 
  14. ^ July 4, 2010 (2010-07-04). "6 Brand New Charles Hamilton Mixtapes " Knuckles Hamilton". Retrieved 2010-09-15. 
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  16. ^ "Charles Hamilton Gets 'Closer' With MC Lyte". Soulbounce.Com. Retrieved 2010-09-15. 
  17. ^ Charles Hamilton Addresses J Dilla Love & Detroit Controversy,, Monday, June 08, 2009
  18. ^ Charles Hamilton Takes J Dilla Credits Off Album,, June 10, 2009

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