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    Tue, 17 Mar 2015 21:46:25

    Feature: Why Charles Hamilton Could Own 2015 - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino…

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    You’ve heard of Charles Hamilton. You most likely have even heard his music. Sonic The Hamilton remains a game-changer in his massive catalog. Eminem celebrates the guy. He’s released countless songs online. However, 2015 is his year. It starts with his contribution to the Original Soundtrack from Season 1 of Empire, “NY Raining.” For the track, the New York rapper and artist teamed up with Rita Ora, who gives her most spirited and soulful performance yet on the hook. She sounds heavenly, but it’s Hamilton’s verses that transfix more like a film than a song.

    His blatant honesty shines over subtly jazzy production with a clear flow that chills in its execution. He isn’t afraid to enunciate and really get the point across. It’s as if old school blues music were siphoned through 21st century pop and hip-hop, yet it sounds entirely like its own thing.

    Now, Hamilton is working on new music for Republic Records and given his penchant for evolution that’s exciting. “NY Raining” just announces his creative fervor and given how potent Sonic The Hamilton is to this day that’s a wonderful thing. The world needs a rapper or artist in general this bold, brave, and brilliant—fearless to be real.

    That’s why Charles Hamilton could own 2015.

    Rick Florino
    03.17.15


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