What do you think of the comments you’ve received on HipHopGame so far?
These dudes got jokes. The thing I love about the comments is these guys have no idea who I am and they say what they say. And that’s very interesting because a lot of cats have respect for guys like Em and ‘Pac once they learn their background. They don’t know my background and what I went through. Once they realize that I’m just as down to earth as them then they can fall back a bit. Once they know where someone is coming from they can’t judge him.
Cats will say the pink thing is a gimmick or he’s a little cornball. I’m like, ‘That’s fucking cool.’ I love the criticism because they don’t know who I am and they don’t know exactly what nerves they’re hitting on. The more hate, the better because it gives me more ammunition to pull people on. I don’t come on no beef shit unless you be disrespectful. Some of these dudes be disrespectful. I think the internet is a cool game of hide and seek for these cats.
That’s one of the reasons I really wanted to interview you – I don’t think fans really know who you are and you really came out of nowhere and got a nice buzz. Has your quick rise in the game surprised you at all?
The honest answer is no. The modest answer is yes. And to be real, I feel like I’ve been blessed with an ability and I thank God for all Her blessings. Yes, God is a woman and we’ll talk about that in a second. I feel like being blessed with abilities should also give you a sense of modesty, so no, I didn’t expect all of this to happen but at the same time, it just dawned on me how much of a buzz I got in the last few weeks. So who knows?
I expect to be blessed because I live my life a certain way. So I’m just happy to be here. You know what I mean? This is not an excuse for me to buy whips and chains and I don’t go fucking partying anyway. So all this is doing is giving me more studio time and more abilities and more resources to work with because I’m not here for the glory. I’ve been sent here for a reason.
From listening to your mixtape Crash Landed, it’s apparent that you have a real passion for music. Where does your love for music come from?
From birth. For real, man. (laughs) I said it in a freestyle, I’m just a musician. That’s all I am. I communicate. The Mauritian Singers is a tribe of people on the island of Mauritius and they communicate via sound. Like, they will sing a melody to say something to somebody else. I can sing a melody and I can make a whole conversation rhyme. They used to say that was a problem when I was in, like, second and third grade. It was unintentional and I had to learn how to control that.
Once I started listening to hip-hop, I’m more of a rock fan than a hip-hop head, I learned how to develop my conversation and control it. I’m in my old high school’s studio right now and summer school is going on so you might hear some bells and whistles. This is all I do. I can’t really stress that enough. I said in my blog that I would rather be compared to a Japanese pianist or a Russian guitarist than a rapper because I feel like rap is how you should tell your story and if somebody is nice and can make the last ten syllables rhyme, that’s dope. But if you’re still not telling your story, you automatically suck. And if your story ain’t real, you automatically suck. And if you lie, you suck. So a lot of these rappers out here, in my opinion, suck because they’re not being real and the real rappers have stood the test of time. And I just want to be a real rapper and stand the test of time because I have not told one lie in my music and if I have told a lie in real life I have admitted such in my music.
That’s a mature perspective for a 20 year-old to have.
I mean, well, I read your interview with Skillz. They say, “Charles, watch what you say because you didn’t sell as many copies as Game so you can’t say that you’re not a Game fan. You can’t say that you don’t think he’s nice. You didn’t sell as many copies as Lil’ Wayne so you can’t say you’re not a Lil’ Wayne fan because he’s this, that and the third and he’s the best rapper out right now.”
Skillz didn’t sell any records that are worth mentioning and yet Skillz kept it real in the conversation. He said he was not feeling hip-hop right now and he tried to keep his album in the true essence of hip-hop. You have a guy who walks around with his kids with a cup of medicine and yet people dump on my ass because I’m 20 and I smoke cigarettes. You have people who rap about living criminal lifestyles and when their background comes to light nobody seems to acknowledge it. You have guys that are as articulate as me in interviews and yet they go on their videos and their songs and they sound as ignorant as they possibly can and you mean to tell me this is hip-hop? No, this isn't hip-hop. This is the new blaxploitation movie.
So whether I’m mature, arrogant, cocky or whatever, I’m coming from the perspective where I’ve been at the bottom and below and because I’m in the music, I’m going to be as real as I can. There are real people that can understand and respect where I’m coming from. “So I don’t give a fuck if I only sell one or one million but I think you should because if I only sell one out comes the ‘hood.” That’s dead-ass. (laughs) That was the realest line Jay ever said. Feel me?
You mentioned being at the bottom and it’s been documented that you overdosed on heroin at 16 and contemplated suicide. Can you talk about that?
The funny thing is when it comes to drugs, they always say it’s peer pressure and peer pressure. No. I needed an escape from the pressures of being a 16 year-old. Even though the LA Times article touched on it, we tried to clean it up because once you get into one thing then there’s another and there’s another and there’s another. There was definitely a downward spiral in my life and I’m living the happy ending right now.
The hard part is when people make their dumbass criticisms about it. That’s when it starts to hurt. I feel like I’ve gained the strength and courage to share my story and people have the balls to laugh and people have the balls to compare me to such and such and such and such? Em was the one person that related to my story and related to it and vice versa. I’ve had years of listening to Em and him sharing his story with me. It’s crazy. It felt like he was talking as me and I was talking as him. The conversation is that real. So when real niggas like Em can get it, these stupid fucking bloggers can go eat a dick. There’s no reason for them to hate when I’m sharing my fucking life.
Why do you think you get negative comments from bloggers and other people online?
I think it’s because I’m rather aggressive. I’m not going to lie. I am rather aggressive in my lyrical content and that’s fine. But I’m real in my lyrical content. And I use the world “real” because nobody uses that word anymore. They use words like “I’m gangster,” “I’m tough” and “I’m this and I’m that.” No, I won’t spit in your face when I see you. If you piss me off I’m going to step to your face when I see you like, ‘What, nigga?’
Now if push comes to shove I’m going to have to show you what real can do which doesn’t necessarily mean murder. I think a lot of shit is getting twisted. I’m taking a less gangster approach but I’m coming across like I’m going to be gangster which is kind of pissing people off. The funny thing is I bet you these are the same dickheads sending me MySpace friend requests telling me my music is the shit. I should probably ignore it. I’m 20, from Harlem and I just stopped being homeless a couple of months ago. Can I get some love? Where’s the love?
And I’m going to be even realer. I hear a lot of these fucking rappers taking little subliminals at me too but I ain’t going to call them out because I’m not going to make them any more of a celebrity than they are or than they think they are. But I hear it. And I just want that to be known because if it gets to the point where somebody says my real first and last name then it’s over for those niggas.
I’m just at the point where do people really think I’m wearing pink because of the Cam shit? No. I’ve been wearing pink since as far as I can remember and it has nothing to do with no kind of nothing except for the fact that God is a woman and pink is the color of a woman’s womb, therefore it’s the color of life. If you want to say I’m sacrilegious, that’s fine. But when I saw Jim Jones, he said, “Are you still on your pink shit, my nigga?” Those niggas know. I didn’t get it from Cam and I’m not going to say Cam got it from me, but I was wearing pink before Come Home with Me. Now whether that’s acknowledged or not, I could care less because the whole world isn’t from Harlem but I’m bringing Harlem to the whole world. End of story.
You’ve written in your blog IAmNotCharlesHamilton.com that you see colors when you write. What do you mean by that?
It’s about…I don’t know how to phrase it. I wrote it in my blog and usually my blogs are random anyway. Kanye says he sees colors when he makes beats and it’s funny because I see colors when I write. In the history of songwriting, things get light in the beginning. They start to filter out and become middle shades and in the beginning of the third verse is when it starts in that darkness and towards the end it gets brighter but it’s weird. It’s a weird kind of science but you can feel it. It’s like seeing colors. It’s kind of what Pharrell was talking about.
What was it like hanging out with Pharrell backstage at The Jimmy Kimmel Show?
That dude, he is fucking awesome. Pharrell and I are real cool. Woo. I almost spilled the beans on something I shouldn’t have. So yeah. I’m going to keep my mouth shut now. But Pharrell and I are dumb cool. And with all the music and projects that are coming out, which I almost spilled the beans on now…(laughs)
You might as well spit it out now.
Nah. I can’t. I’ll have too many people ready to kill me. Just know that there is something stupid glowing in the dark! (laughs) Ahh. Whatever. Don’t read into that but whatever. Read into that. I don’t care.
Why do you call yourself Sonic the Hedgehog?
Well, “Sonic” means “sound” and hedgehogs bury themselves underground. I know I’m Sonic the Hedgehog because I bury myself in sound and I bury myself in the music. When I said that God is a woman, that means She created life so therefore She’s the one that created a man that entered the woman that created life and it came into a circle like a Sonic the Hedgehog move or The Lion King movie.
That’s a deep meaning to take from a Sega game.
I mean, and that’s the thing. Sega is the music of the Mauritian singers. Google it. It’s on my blog too. The Mauritian Singers, they do exist. And they communicate through sound and I feel like I’m Sonic the Hedgehog. Therefore I’m a pretty big deal. I think that’s more OD than saying I’m such and such. I’m the rap whatever. Nigga, I’m Sonic the Hedgehog. Therefore there would be no sound without me. That’s just the way I see it and I believe in that because hearing is a beautiful, beautiful sense. Think about it. You would not be created if your mother and father could not communicate. They had to hear each other.
You also make a lot of baseball references in your rhymes. Is that intentional?
I mean, it is intentional but at the same time it’s not. I feel like baseball is an intense game because you can go from zero to 60 in a matter of you don’t know when. A pitcher doesn’t know when he’s going to have to run. An outfielder doesn’t know how long he’s going to be standing still. So you’re going to have to have a strong heart no matter what. Baseball is definitely like the game of life. Rap is like football and wrestling put together. I don’t know. I can make football references too. I just gotta start watching more ESPN.
How would you say rap is like football and wrestling?
It’s like wresting because everybody’s got images and everybody’s like this and like that. It’s like football because everybody belongs to somebody. There’s nobody that stands out and is “that nigga” on whatever team. Like, Brett Favre will always be a Green Bay Packer. Lloyd Banks will always be a G-Unit member. I’m not comparing Brett Favre and Lloyd Banks and saying that they’re the same. Let’s be serious. If Steve Young came back, he would always be a 49er.
But Joe Montana did end his career with the Chiefs.
But where is Joe Montana from?
Most fans would say San Francisco.
Exactly. It’s really about where you have your most success. Nobody’s going to recognize that Nas was with Columbia or Def Jam. They’re going to say he was with the Bravehearts.
Do you think too much attention is placed on what label an artist is on as opposed to what the artist represents?
I think the labels are paying too much attention to what label such and such is on. “Oh, he’s a part of Interscope so he can’t do that.” I’m not talking about myself. “Oh, he’s on fucking Universal so he can’t necessarily work with such and such over there because he’s a part of us and we’re a big deal” or “He’s a part of Def Jam so he has to do this street shit over here” or “He’s a Jive artist so he has to do R&B no matter what.”
I think the labels hold themselves in such high regard that the artists have to look at their label as they’re looking at themselves. Me, honestly, I still do tracks with my niggas from the Bronx. Jimmy [Iovine] pretty much knows that this is my element and being in the ‘hood is fun, for me. Now it’s almost like a…I don’t want to say a sociology project, but I saw things. I recorded at Record Plant Studios and I was having fun living the life and now I’m back in the ‘hood, not because I failed but because I’m understanding things more with a different perspective. I’m spending money on things I should be spending money on.
I got wider eyes and I’m looking at the world through wider eyes and I really wish that I could not so much have a reality show but that I could take the whole world with me so they could see through my eyes. The one thing I love about Cam is when he talks about ‘hood shit you might think he’s joking but I see crackheads right there. There’s your man right there with the shopping cart. Loosies are still 50 cents. Down the block, 60. It’s real. It’s just me.
I was always alternative. I was a nerd. I was goth. I was always an outsider. So now I’ve come into my own lane where now it’s Charles Hamilton. It’s not Charlie or Chuck. It’s Charles. They know me. They know me from when I was getting chased home from school and came home with bloody footprints on my face and when they were kicking my dog around. They seen that. They seen that I never left. Even when my mom moved me out of Harlem and the Bronx into Brooklyn, I was still in the ‘hood. I never ran from fights. I lost every one of them except for the few times I won but it was all in the ‘hood. Niggas saw it and you can go to Harlem and ask. I don’t need street cred because, nigga, I’m Charles Hamilton. So niggas can be the king of New York. Jay-Z can be the king of New York. Nigga, I’m Charles Hamilton and I’m good in every borough.
You really don’t tell lies, do you?
Here’s a funny story. I used to be one of the few people that were wearing my bike chains in Harlem. Niggas would take them because I would say something smart in class and they would beat me with the bike chain. So the next day I would see them. It was probably a Saturday and I would beat the holy fuck out of them with a bike chain but that Monday it was over for me. So it was an ongoing war for me. It was Revenge of the Nerds for me.
Major labels are notorious for trying to change artists. Do you see that being an issue with Interscope or are they going to let you be Charles Hamilton?
This is something that needs to be made clear too. I told Jimmy dead in his face that I would walk away if I can’t do what I do. I would walk away. And Jimmy looked me in my eyes and he said, “I understand. You are Charles Hamilton and we will not change that.” So if you hear a party club banger coming from me, that’s because that’s how I felt at the time. Yes, a lot of my music is somber. But if you hear my “In Da Club” that’s what I felt. The concept will never be about ice, bitches, pimping, chains, getting head, even though I do enjoy getting head even though I do have a girlfriend even though I’m not cheating even though I’m probably contradicting myself. That’s my lyrical content right there.
How involved do guys like Jimmy Iovine get when you’re making your music?
This is some funny shit. They literally said, “Dude, you have so much music, we don’t know what to put out first. We need a meeting.” The reason why, and I said this in an interview as well, the Green Lantern and DJ Skee mixtapes was honestly the funniest idea that The Hamilton Administration came up with. The Green Lantern mixtape was coming out on Tuesday and there was a lot of hype around it and DJ Skee and I leaked it with eight exclusives that Sunday. We pretty much laughed at the way albums get leaked and how people get pissed and call federal agents and shit. Nah. We did it on purpose. I have close to 3,000 songs. I don’t know the exact number but it’s two thousand something. DJ Skee and others can verify that number. It’s just about how we can do it. There are a lot of ideas and we’re just trying to be precise and be focused because I literally have one shot but I believe in my music enough where it’s not one shot but a never-ending shot. If it’s a misfire we’ll get them the next time.
How have you amassed close to 3,000 songs?
I used to live in my high school’s studio, man. I think the most tracks I did in one day was 30. I mix my own shit and I produce my own shit. It was to the point where if I didn’t make a song and I thought about writing the song, I would go crazy. Plus I was smoking a lot of weed and I was really going through a lot. Once I was able to achieve my own piece of mind, which was getting the deal, the weed smoking stopped but the contemplation didn’t and the inspiration didn’t. It’s just I’m so anxious to let people hear where I’m at right now that I forget nobody knows where I was at. It’s a trick. It’s definitely something that I want to…I want my catalogue to be heard, not just my voice or my album but my entire catalogue. My catalogue won’t stop, ever.
How do you decide what you’re going to release when you have that many songs?
It’s all in sequence. It all has to be in sequential order. The first album has to make sense in sequence with the second and the third. They’re all going to tell a story. That’s why I was pissed at the Crash Landed mixtape. It didn’t tell a story. It was just great music. My whole thing is making great concept projects. Not concept songs. And I’ve been thinking about that from listening to The Who and Thriller. There are concepts from beginning to end that are crystal clear and that’s what I want to do and that’s what I want to continue to do. I want to make it to where if you hear the first album you need to hear the second album and I can make a reference to the first album on the third album and the fourth album is going to be something totally different. Really going there. And I know these are my ideas and somebody is going to try to jack me for this and they’re going to be pissed because they can’t fuck with it. You can call me cocky, man.
How is your debut album coming?
Oh, we’re very far along. It's just about timing. Remember, I’m on Interscope. I call Interscope “Rome.” I’m on a label with some very heavy hitters who I happen to be cool with like Em, 50 and Dre. It’s like, ‘Oh, your album’s coming out? Fuck you, man. Damn. I love you guys and I’m going to enjoy your album but can’t I live?’ (laughs) Please put in parentheses that I was laughing and that I meant no offense to any of those cats. You gotta make shit clear on the internet now, man. They piss me off. They really piss me off. The internet is for a free mind, not for free hate. So whatever.
Oh, and HipHopGame, I’m tight at y’all. I am not the Son of Sonic the Hedgehog. I am Sonic the Hedgehog. I read that in a press release that was put on HipHopGame. It was the weekend before Outside Lookin’ came. I am Sonic the Hedgehog.
Sorry about that.
No problem. I just wanted to make that clear. There is only one Sonic.
Who exactly makes up The Hamilton Administration?
The good people at Violator like J. Cruz, Chris Lighty, my lawyer who doesn’t like for his name to be put out there…Let’s just say I have 50’s lawyer and he’s a very important dude. My guardian. Of course the Miss Simone. Oh, man. It’s just a lot of very key people in the industry that have pretty much set aside their specific time and resources. They work with big names because they have to work with them but they’re with The Hamilton Administration. It’s kind of like an unofficial title.
How did you get your deal on Interscope?
I swear on everything I think Jimmy wished on a star. One day I’m in New York and the next day my lawyer is driving me around to all these meetings and shit and then I get a phone call that Jimmy Iovine wants to meet with me. So while I’m in L.A. dealing with another label, Jimmy calls and says, “Get these guys over to Interscope right now” as we were going to the airport.
And every time I see Jimmy, he says to me, “Dude, don’t play me new music every time you see me because I know you’re making new music. Play me new music every so often so I can just sit and listen to it because I’m a fan.” Because usually artists, when they see Jimmy, it’s “what are you working on?” I used to see Jimmy very regularly and I would have 20 songs for him. He said make it so every time I see him it’s cool and that there has to be one time when he just sits and listens to all me. I was just like, ‘Wow.’ I got to be specifically in a room with Jimmy Iovine listening to my music. So one day we sat down and he listened to my music and he said, “This is an album. Great. Make another. Keep going.” (laughs) He was serious. I thought you played your album and they told you what to take out. No. They’re really building up my catalogue.
You don’t know what’s about to happen next. What’s about to happen next, I’m still, literally, every time I think about it I’m literally moved to tears because this is a dream situation for me and I’m very blessed to be here. There’s no negativity here at all. The only way I could screw this up is if I die or go to jail. Neither one of those are going to happen because I swear I’m going to live forever and even if I don’t, I will live forever because you know my name – Charles Hamilton.
We didn’t get to touch on this earlier in the interview. How did you pull yourself out of heroin and get your life on track?
I couldn’t do it anymore. I couldn’t do it anymore. There was one time when I overdosed and I was looking at the ceiling to the ground and I was like, ‘Yo, I don’t want to feel this again.’ It was a like the Red Hot Chili Peppers song. I couldn’t feel like this again. It was no joke. People, to this day, could tell you there were serious bouts where I was sober and I felt like I was going to die. I went to weed so I could still have that inebriated twist. I kicked that and smoked cigarettes. I’m trying to kick that now. Once I kick the cigarettes the only addiction is going to be drinking water.
When I interviewed Green Lantern, I asked him about you and he spoke very highly of you and said he calls you “a little pink alien.” What does it mean having a guy like Green Lantern cosigning you?
I mean, I’ve been listening to Green Lantern mixtapes for a minute. I’m a big Eminem fanatic. I’ve been listening to the Invasion mixtapes for a minute. It’s an honor to have somebody who I’ve been listening to and studying and listening to like what I’m doing. I actually got to work with him. It’s ill. It’s like that with everybody I met. The joint with Cory Gunz, I was blacking on people. I was naming names, just airing niggas out. And then Green was like, ‘Dude, your verses are fire but you can end people’s careers simply by not saying their names.’ So Green has taught me something about diplomacy. I don’t give a fuck and I don’t want to go back and forth with these little pickaninnies and then if I ever decide to go to a club, I’ll make sure I’m at the club they’re at and I’ll be like, ‘Excuse me, I read your interview. Do you want to say what you said?’ And then they’ll say, “Well, I read your interview and I read what you said.” “Yeah, but I was saying some real shit. Is there a problem? Do you want to go there?” That’s not hip-hop and that’s not what I’m about.
There’s an old saying that goes when you wrestle with a pig you both get muddy.
Exactly! I can go on and on and on with the “they say I’m too much of a cocky asshole.” I say some cocky shit but I’m going to chill. All I know is it’s time for some of these pigs to just get out of the fucking mud, period. Besides, aren’t pigs pink?
It all goes back to pink, doesn’t it?
(laughs) It kind of defeats the purpose of trying to go after it. Whatever. Let me chill, let me chill.
How did you determine that God is a woman?
She is! Just think about it. God moves in mysterious ways and honestly you never know what a woman is always thinking and for women to outnumber men, that’s kind of a divine sign. And the inside of a woman is pink. Don’t lie. A woman in the color pink, it’s just so fucking crazy to see a woman in the color pink. It’s like, ‘Damn, why is she so bad?’ But she can wear the same outfit in brown and it’s like, ‘Whatever.’ Pink is such a divine color and the clouds just remind you of the beautiful hair of a woman, especially in the morning when the sun first rises and you see the shine of the sun into the barely blue sky. It makes a beautiful shade of pink. I don’t know if you’ve seen it but it’s like God smiling on everybody. I’m like, ‘Let me just be a reflection of that and wear pink.’ And I’ve had personal conversations with God and I’ve been to church. I’ve also been homeless. I’ve been everywhere and it’s dangerous to doubt how much God loves us, which is why I’m confident I can talk about laughing in a bitch's face or holding a woman’s hand because there’s a difference between a girl, woman, a bitch, a ho and Her. When a guy says they want a woman like Her, Her is literally Her. A guy says that because they want to meet Her, who embodies all the elements of a girl, a woman, a bitch and a ho. A woman is a mature, fully developed girl and a bitch is a woman who acts like a girl or a girl who acts like a woman who acts like a girl. A girl is an undeveloped woman and a ho is pretty much a promiscuous woman who’s aware of who she is and can very possibly go from a ho to a woman very quickly. It’s all about developing.
Does it ever bother you when you get compared to other artists or do you look at that like it’s inevitable?
I mean, don’t compare me to these newcomers. See, I gotta watch what I say in this. I don’t think it’s fair to compare me simply because I don’t think it’s fair to compare anyone to anyone. And I think a lot of these newcomers are living off of the comparisons and I’m shying away from it. I’m not even shying away from it. I’m like, ‘Motherfucker, don’t compare me to this motherfucker.’
Not a lot of artists regularly update their blog. How important is it to you to keep IAmNotCharlesHamilton.com updated?
Very. I say some reckless-ass shit in these interviews and I make sure I clean them up in the blogs. I say, "This is what I meant and it’s clear as day.” I’m not going to say “dark butts” and then try to refute the statement. I’ll say in the blog, “I just called dark-skinned ladies ‘dark butts.’ It’s funny. Dark-skinned ladies, don’t get mad at me.”
Have people ever reached out to you on your blog with hate?
I think people understand that some of my lyrics are made for you to misunderstand. I think, like, on Death of the Mixtape Rapper, I do say a lot of misogynist things but the concept behind it is definitely going to make it make sense. But women know and everybody knows that before Simone Porter, I was a sucker for love. If I would have entered this game without Simone, I’m sure Superhead, Gloria Velez, fucking Melyssa Ford and all of them probably would have been able to suck me into submission. Damn, I’m an artist and this beautiful woman told me she loves me? Sure, you can have my Commerce card. That’s how much of a sucker I am. And the prettier you are and the more convincing you are, the more likely I am to fall for your trap. That’s just how it is. And that’s why I take the position of being a loner.
Is there a reason you’re not into the club scene the way a lot of rappers are?
Ahh, no. Well, when I do go to clubs, I just don’t like going. When I’m there, okay, yeah, I’m here. Hands in the air. I don’t dance. I don’t really dance with women. They usually just walk over to me and touch my headphones because those headphones you see in the video, I go everywhere with. I’m Charles Hamilton, it’s a pleasure to meet you. “I love your headphones.” Thank you. “Hey, aren’t you…” Yeah. You know what I mean? I’m not brooding about it. I just don’t want to be a socialite. It’s fun to drink and listen to the music that gets played over and over again because you start to understand all of that shit that you don’t when you’re not drunk because it’s actually hot when you’re drunk.
So what do you listen to in those headphones?
Of course me. Incubus. Modest Mouse. India Arie. I like Asher Roth’s mixtape. Dr. Dre’s old shit. John Tesh. Some old theme songs. Marilyn Manson. Nine Inch Nails. I listened to Carter III for, like, a day, just so I could try to like the album. I’m just not crazy about it. A lot of old Jay. Em. Nas. A lot of crazy shit. But I have a lot of myself on my iPod too. I’m usually listening to Mobb Deep too, just trying to write my own shit, you know?
You must be the first rapper to admit listening to John Tesh.
Yo, John Tesh! He’s fucking ill. Like, he did the NBA on NBC theme song, so just off of that alone every rapper should at least take a listen.
I guess I just can’t stand him because my girl listens to his radio show.
You know what? I would rather listen to that than listen to the paid shit. And I have listened to John Tesh’s radio show. I’ve listened to Rush Limbaugh. I listen to talk radio. I listen to Bill O’Reilly. I want to be on Bill O’Reilly. Some of the things he says I don’t disagree with. I just think he needs to watch his fucking mouth before somebody like me comes on his fucking show and airs his dumb ass out. Then I would prove him wrong about some of the shit he says. Cam couldn’t go toe-to-toe with him. Cam wasn’t wrong, but he couldn’t go toe-to-toe with him.
If you keep grinding maybe you’ll get your shot at Bill.
Hopefully. Hopefully. And honestly, I just want to win a Grammy. None of the riches make sense. I just want mad Grammy’s. I want a lot of damn Grammy’s. That year, whenever my project drops, I want them to hit the studio and go hard because Charles Hamilton’s album is getting ready to drop. As a matter of fact, call Charles Hamilton and get him to help me work on my project because he’s not afraid of sound and when I get in the studio with Dr. Dre, dot, dot, dot. No further details.
You’re also your own producer. What’s your creative process like when you’re making a song?
What am I feeling right now and how can I make people like this?
There’s a November 10 video coming out. Let’s just say that there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to that video. So yes, there’s a lot of smiles, but there’s way more than meets the eye. The Hamiltonization process has just begun.
Where is Charles Hamilton going to be a year from now?
Wherever you want him to be. If you want me to succeed, do what it takes for me to succeed and that’s supporting the music. Buy the album. I download music off of iTunes now. I support iTunes now. I can get free music. I am an artist on Interscope who is actually getting attention. I can get free music and I actually buy it. If you want to see me succeed and you want the happy ending, support. That’s all. We gotta eat and I have contractual obligations too. I might be the only one keeping it 100. I have contractual obligations. I have to sell records. We all have to sell records. The industry is dying out. If you want to help me out and you want to keep Jimmy happy and you want to keep me happy because I’m keeping Jimmy happy, buy my album. What the fuck? I still answer everybody’s message on MySpace. I got 10,000 friends and I respond to everybody’s messages. I only put an away message up recently because I was working on some music.