Remember that crazy September of music? Bryson Tiller, Fetty Wap, Mac Miller, Milo, Big Grams, Future & Drake, Disclosure and many, many more dropped music that month, and that probably allowed Charles Hamilton, whose Black Box EP was set to drop September 25, to slide the release of his new project back even further.
Since his return in January, Hamilton has stayed calm in his demeanor. He’s released a radio-ready single, “New York Raining,” with Rita Ora, and now, after a couple delays from his album, we have another new single with “Down the Line” featuring Laurel.
This new song is just as prepped-for-radio as the previous, but it takes a much more emotional turn while he examines his the struggles of life he experiences on a daily basis. Discussing his drug addiction, bi-polar disorder, beef with the members of the 2009 XXL Freshman cover and more, Hamilton spits over piano-and-organ-driven production as he anticipates trying to come to peace with himself.
This kind of reminds me of “Correct,” which was the first sound we heard from Hamilton after a long absence. On that tune, he discussed everything he did on “Down the Line,” only over much more simplistic production and at a quicker pace. He flowed a little easier on “Correct,” probably because it didn’t have as much label attention and knit-picking, but “Down the Line” is still a decent, honest approach to his struggles.
I’m ready for this Charles Hamilton project to drop, but it seems we’ll only get it once he and his label is ready to deliver it. Stay tuned.