2009 was a really rough year for Charles Hamilton. The Ohio-born Harlem raised MC with a penchant for pink headphones and Sonic The Hedgehog couldn’t seem to keep his foot out of his mouth.
First there was the controversy over a beat produced by St. Louis producer Black Spade, where Hamilton provided Pro Tools “evidence” of creating the beat. Then there was naming the late J. Dilla as the executive producer of an album despite never having met the man. And if having Dilla’s mom say she didn’t know him wasn’t bad enough, he was filmed being punched by his former girlfriend for joking about an abortion in a freestyle. Literally adding insult to injury he was dropped from his label Interscope Records soon after.
Lucky for Charles most people have focused on hating Producer Solar these days and if hip-hop has taught us anything it’s that fans have short memories (just ask Rick Ross.) So what better time than now to come back with new music?
Fast forward to April of 2010 and Charles has broken a self-imposed exile, performing at New York’s S.OB.s Nightclub, sharing the stage with B.OB. For his six-minute freestyle he chose to rhyme over Jay Electronica’s popular “Exhibit C” instrumental produced by Just Blaze. It was a fairly obvious choice if not original, but the response was decent. Jay was even in the audience that night to catch B.O.B, but according to Charles they haven’t met yet, though he’d like to very much.
You see, Charles has big plans to go with that self-described big mouth and one of them may include starting a 2010 version of dead prez with Mr. Electronica. And you thought this summer would be boring.