It’s nice to see Charles Hamilton back.
Over the past five years, the New York native has been dealing with personal issues from drug addiction to mental heath instability that reach far beyond releasing new music. Hamilton made a name for himself in the late 2000s with a string of over 15 mixtapes—including the highly praised The Pink Lavalamp. After he signed to Interscope Records, he later was dropped after years on instability.
Early in 2015, it was revealed Charles Hamilton signed to a new management group who would help him make a comeback. The first song, “Correct,” shared a recap of his inner struggles over the past half decade before having a single (“New York Raining” with Rita Ora) debut on Empire. His new EP, The Black Box, was set to drop in September, with the support of his new single, “Down the Line,” but was later pushed back.
Today (December 11), The Black Box EP has finally arrived! Though it only features four songs (with one being “Down the Line”), it’s a breath of fresh air—for us and for him, I’m sure—to finally have a new project to listen to.
Stream the project via Spotify below and cop on iTunes.