Comin' from Where I'm From

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Comin' From Where I'm From
Comin' From Where I'm From album cover.jpg
Studio album by Anthony Hamilton
Released July 15, 2003 (2003-07-15)
(see release history)
Recorded 2002–2003
Allustrious Recording Studios
(New York City, New York)
Axis Studios, The Studio
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
(New Rochelle, New York)
Cherokee Studios
(Los Angeles, California)
Southside Studios
(Atlanta, Georgia)
Genre R&B, soul, neo soul
Length 52:05
Label So So Def/Arista
Producer Anthony Hamilton (also exec.), Jermaine Dupri (also exec.), Mark Batson, James Poyser, Cedric Solomon, Junius Bervine
Anthony Hamilton chronology
Comin' from Where I'm From
Singles from Comin' From Where I'm From
  1. "Comin' from Where I'm From"
  2. "Charlene"
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention)[2]
Entertainment Weekly B+[3]
New York Times (favorable)[4]
PopMatters (9/10)[5]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[6]
USA Today 3/4 stars[7]
Village Voice (favorable)[8]
Washington Post (favorable)[9]
Yahoo! Music (favorable)[10]

Comin' From Where I'm From is the second studio album by American R&B and soul singer-songwriter Anthony Hamilton, released July 15, 2003 on Arista Records in the United States. It debuted and peaked at number thirty-three on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart in October 2003 with first-week sales of 33,000 copies,[11] spending seventy-six weeks on the chart. The run was longer on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, where it debuted at number seven (reaching its peak position of number six the following week) and stayed for one hundred weeks.

Comin' from Where I'm From achieved platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in early December 2004,[12] having sold 1.2 million copies in the United States.[13] The single "Charlene", Hamilton's most successful single to date, peaked at number nineteen on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached the top five of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. The album earned Hamilton three Grammy Award nominations in 2004Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Song (both for the title track "Comin' from Where I'm From"), and Best Contemporary R&B Album—and one in 2005Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for "Charlene". British DJ Ben Pearce sampled vocals from Hamilton's song, "Cornbread, Fish & Collard Greens" in his 2013 song, "What I Might Do".[14]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Mama Knew Love" (Anthony Hamilton, Shawn Carter, Al Green) – 3:28
  2. "Cornbread, Fish & Collard Greens" (Hamilton, James Poyser, Diedra Artis) – 4:34
  3. "Since I Seen't You" (Hamilton, Mark Batson, Maya Jones) – 3:15
  4. "Charlene" (Hamilton, Batson) – 4:06
  5. "I'm a Mess" (Hamilton, Cedric Solomon, Jeanine Smith) – 4:24
  6. "Comin' from Where I'm From" (Hamilton, Batson) – 4:00
  7. "Better Days" (Hamilton, David Balfour, Eric Coomes) – 3:02
  8. "Lucille" (Hamilton, Balfour, Coomes, Tyler Coomes, Roger Bowling, Hal Bynum) – 4:28
  9. "Float" (Hamilton, Junius Bervine) – 5:41
  10. "My First Love" (featuring LaToiya Williams) (Hamilton) – 6:14
  11. "Chyna Black" (Hamilton) – 3:59
  12. "I Tried" (Hamilton, Poyser) – 5:02
Bonus track
  1. "Comin' from Where I'm From" (Rap Version) (Japanese edition)

Chart history[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200[15] 33
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[15] 6
Chart (2004) Peak
U.S. Billboard Comprehensive Albums[16] 53

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label
United States[15] July 15, 2003 So So Def/Zomba/Arista
Canada[17] Sony
Germany[18] October 20, 2003 Sony BMG
Australia[19] November 12, 2003 BMG
Japan[20] January 25, 2004
United Kingdom[21] January 26, 2004 Arista
Netherlands[22] July 5, 2004 BMG


  1. ^ Collar, Matt. Review: Comin' from Where I'm From. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2009-11-09.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide: Comin' from Where I'm From". The Village Voice: April 13, 2004. Archived from the original on 2009-11-09.
  3. ^ Endelman, Michael. Review: Comin' from Where I'm From. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on 2009-11-09.
  4. ^ Pareles, Jon. Review: Comin' from Where I'm From. The New York Times. Retrieved on 2009-11-09.
  5. ^ Cibula, Matt. Review: Comin' from Where I'm From. PopMatters. Retrieved on 2009-11-09.
  6. ^ Hardy, Ernest. Review: Comin' from Where I'm From. Rolling Stone. Retrieved on 2009-11-09.
  7. ^ Jones, Steve. Review: Comin' from Where I'm From. USA Today. Retrieved on 2009-11-09.
  8. ^ Linden, Amy. Review: Comin' from Where I'm From. The Village Voice. Retrieved on 2009-11-09.
  9. ^ Columnist. "Review: Comin' from Where I'm From". The Washington Post: T.07. December 5, 2003.
  10. ^ Leroy, Dan. Review: Comin' From Where I'm From. Yahoo! Music. Retrieved on 2009-11-09.
  11. ^ Martens, Todd (October 1, 2003). "OutKast Leads Nine New Top-20 Chart Entries". Billboard. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  12. ^ "RIAA – Searchable Database". RIAA. December 2, 2004. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  13. ^ Cohen, Jonathan (December 21, 2005). "Bice Challenges, But Eminem Remains No. 1". Billboard. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  14. ^ "Ben Pearce -- What I Might Do Lyrics". Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  15. ^ a b c "Comin' from Where I'm From > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  16. ^ "Billboard Comprehensive Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 2008-11-08. [dead link]
  17. ^ "Comin' From Where I'm From: Anthony Hamilton: Music". Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  18. ^ "Comin' from Where I'M from: Anthony Hamilton: Musik". (in German). Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  19. ^ "Hamilton, Anthony / Comin From Where Im From –". Sanity. Retrieved 2008-11-08. [dead link]
  20. ^ "Anthony Hamilton / Coming From Where I'm From – CD Japan". CD Japan. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  21. ^ "Comin' from Where I'm from: Anthony Hamilton: Music". Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  22. ^ "Free Record Shop – Comin' From Where I'm From – Anthony Hamilton". Free Record Shop. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 

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