Charles Hamilton Throws Listening Party [Exclusive Coverage]
New York, NY – Anyone familiar with the work of Charles Hamilton knows that the spiky emcee can be trusted to provide a left-of center experience. Last night, the Harlemite transformed the ultra-secluded Red Bull Space into his underground star light zone for his Pink Lavalamp Release Party. The cleverly concealed venue was complete with pink lighting, a picture booth and a photo-posing, tailfeather-shaking Sonic the Hedgehog mascot.
Hamilton has been relatively hush-hush about Lavalamp, a full-length, self-produced album recorded between 2006 and 2007, as he's busied himself producing new material and inking a deal with Interscope.
DJ Enuff behind the boards
Brooklyn’s DJ Melo X warmed up the packed venue, dropping party gems like Hamilton‘s “Brooklyn Girls” to prep listeners for Lavalamp, and DJ Enuff proceeded to pump up the volume and the bass before the headliner made his way onto the stage.
As the man of the hour entered, he humbly thanked people for coming, made some shout-outs, and gave an overview of what his creative process has been like, describing his thought process in formulating each of his seven Hamiltonization Process mixtapes.
Hamilton then premiered his “Brooklyn Girls” video for the plethora of industry insiders who attended the event. Donny Goines, A-Pinks and Skyzoo were a few of the high-profile hip hop heads who were there to hear Charles' new material.
Sonic the Hamilton went on to discuss everything from his drug use to his family life, and how these things contributed to his creative process. The rapidly-rising star explained the meaning of “She’s So High,” an airy tech-hop track, as a piece which describes a girl he used to make love to while on smack. “Boy Who Cried Wolf” is an ode to the naysayer with a string-flooded hook, over which the emcee spits, “Y’all don’t wanna believe me, huh? Ha ha ha.”
On the high-octane, Young Nate-featuring “Live Life to the Fullest,” Hamilton gets an opportunity to bare his knuckles over a sample of Michael Jackson’s “This Place Hotel.” “We were once in a duo,” Hamilton explained. “Honestly, we’re the reason why Kidz In The Hall and The Cool Kids have a floor to stand on. I thank the bum ass A&R who refused to sign us because we weren’t ready for inspiring other labels to concoct replicas of us.”
At the listening party, Hamilton offered attendees a glimpse behind his oft-mystifying musical persona, shedding a little light on the keen mind behind the Hamiltonization Process and giving some insight into his past experiences, as well as what lies ahead.
Fellow New Yorker Skyzoo in the house