Leave Him Alone

Not sure when it happened, but I got slimed (mind out of the gutter, people) by the Hamiltonization Process. I checked with my doctor. And she checked her PDR. There’s no cure for this—and if there was, would I really swallow the little red pill?

Maybe it happened while listening to Charlie riff about being homeless or hearing that his girl broke up with him during last year’s Freshmen Class of 2009 cover shoot, and I didn’t realize it. Or, maybe it happened while bobbing my head to the “Brooklyn Girls” video on YouTube. (Full disclosure: I am and always will be a BK girl.) Or, maybe it happened after I borrowed (and never returned) his mixtape from a co-worker. Or, maybe it happened after Rhymefest got brand new and released his Supersonic (Chucky Cheese) diss track.

It could be the four wings and fried rice combo (extra duck sauce, please), consisting of, all of the above. Thing is, I’m digging dude, with his Sonic the Hedgehog addiction, gigantic headphones, clever word play and blatant crush on Rihanna. He just keeps things interesting, by being himself, for better or for worse.

I’m not stalking him on Twitter or a stan vying to be his baby’s moms, but ol’ Charles does have that slightly off-kilter vibe that would’ve made us cool in high school. And I attended a school where one-punch knockout was listed as a team sport, right after basketball and track, and the social networking opportunities were teaching chess, transforming into a Deception (Deceptinettes, for the ladies) and scribing for the underground alternative to the student newspaper. My joint was eclectic like that, but dudes like Charles were still teased, challenged and threatened for being, oh, what’s that ugly word? Oh, yeah, different. If the presidential election taught us anything, it should be about embracing change.

True, good girls love bad guys. But that gets old quick when bad graduates to horrible. Secretly we’re always cheering for the underdog, the talented guy with the gravelly voice who rocks to his own beat, the one with the fashion sense that is to the left, to the left. The one you alternate between giggling, smiling and shaking your head at, after spotting his daredevil move of matching a pink (sweater) with a green (shirt), never mind that those are the colors of a 100-year old sorority. Do you, Harlem boy. It’s funny how Charles is confident enough to take jabs—not from someone like say, Marc Jacobs—but from hardcore, pants sagging, drawers showin’-dudes (with too much time on their hands) obsessed with his color palette. Personally, I prefer red and white, but that’s just how Delta’s do.

Head up, Charles. All this talk is free publicity that the best PR firm couldn’t whip up. When they stop talking, well then, that’s when it’s time to worry.–Miss One

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  • http://www.incilin.blogspot.com Incilin

    Not a bad post, but why is it in red font? Shit drives me crazy. It’s distractingly bad.

  • te noh

    Miss One, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

    • Arcey

      Leave her alone… but I don’t care.
      It’s just her opinion.
      I see why you might dislike this post as it will not spark any kind of conversation (I might be wrong!) because what she wrote has been written before, either by another blogger or in comments section of many website, including XXL.
      She did state that it was free promo, biased opinion basicaly.
      Yeah dude is different but nowadays everybody is on that College Dropout/Hipster/I’m-different-than-y’all lane and they either go by their given name, Kid something, Lil’ whatever or Young I-don’t-give-a-fuck… it’s like they’re trying too hard.
      Yet is better than “Rawss!” or fiddy doin’ outro dialogues to every fuckin’ song?

      Fuck that N.E.W.S. bullshit, gimmicks are killing Hip-Hop.

      • Phil

        Ok. So what’s your alternative. More Plies? More Jeezy? More of everybody looking and sounding exactly the way you need them? Too late.

        • Arcey

          OH NO, NEVER THAT!!! I listen to old school shit that used to make me act-a-fool in my teenage years (Wu-Tang, NWA & shit). As I grew older, I accepted the fact that rappers are entertainers and they are promoting a product, so I no longer get mad whenever I see one tryin’ to market his persona, his character – I just don’t listen to it, if it’s not appealing to me (I liked Jeezy last CD). It’s the music business, it’s always been this way from the 1st phonograph record intended for retail to the latest digital download.

          and I don’t beef with people on the internet or in real life if we don’t agree on something, no need for “…and may God have mercy on your soul.” type statement. It was probably sarcastic, yet I didn’t find it necessary

    • eddiesixes

      stop looking at me swan

      • te noh

        It’s too damn hot for a penguin to be just walkin’ around here. I gotta send him back to the South Pole.

  • Avenger XL

    What are you saying? Are you telling us to like Charles Hamilton just cause he is different and the underdog? I will pass on that I would rather listen to 2mex and bus driver or some other left coast group if I need some off center stuff because Cali got made styles. But back to chucky. My problem with him is his lack of charisma and the fact his weird isn’t a cool Nerd weird. It comes off as geekish wanna be weird. Besides I need to see what he does on a album all these mixtapes are fine but let’s see how he connects on a LP. Dude is just Meh like most of the freshman class. I predict many of that class will drop out before their senior year.

    • Phil

      Funny. If you really want to tear dude down with your negative predictions, you could have just ignored him or even put up and alternative…instead, you just promote him (and the whole freshman class) even more. Thanks. HAH.

    • mannyd

      “I predict many of that class will drop out before their senior year.”

      With the exception of Wale.

      But yea, this blog was pointless and Charles Hamilton is a non-issue.

  • http://junglefeet.blogspot.com Detroit P

    I must say that I agree with this post…I once thought like my articulate colleagues above me…that Charles hamilton was just some run of the mill rapper who just happened to be good at freestyling…and who was just flooding the internet with bad material like every other rapper….then I finally just decided I’d listen to his music…so I typed into google what his best mixtape was(cus there are way too many)and i found “Pink Lavalamp” “It’s Charles Hamilton” and “Sonic the hamilton”….and they were pretty good..and he makes some good music that is different and he’s not a bad rapper…and then I started reading his blog and it was interesting…I might not agree with most of the bullshit he says…but it’s still kinda interesting…dude was honest about getting beat up in a fight in school..i can respect that

  • http://hiphoponmymind.blogspot.com DJ Daddy Mack

    Charles is dope as fuck. I can relate to him minus the drugs.

  • The Last Hope

    @ Arcey
    te noh’s comment comes directly from the movie Billy Madison, so i bet it was just a joke don’t take offense to it

    Charles Hamilton is cool. i was feeling his Brooklyn Girls song, that was dope

  • anutha_level

    who cares? decent freestyles aside…i can only think of 2 or 3 people who are more insignificant in the game right now

  • yoprince

    charles hamilton sucks… sorry.

    it’s only pink icing on the dry cupcake that he’s also type lame

  • nibs

    I agree
    I’m hooked on Charles, this dude is talented and not afraid of rappin about somethin different. I bet half the dudes that posted negative shit on here haven’t checked out his crazy shit Crash Landed or Pink Lavalamp
    yall sleepin

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  • http://www.myspace.com/Lyrik07 L-Y, NawfWestSide

    I’ve only heard 2 of his mixtapez, Death of a Mixtape Rapper and Well, izn’t this awkward, and i have to be honest, duke makez good muzik and word of mouth iz the best promotion. Brooklyn Girlz iz dope and i’m from Houston, my brother came down here from ATL and he had a copy in his car, so duke doin’ his thang. Yea, the nigga weird, but shii most of ya’LL niggaz iz too, behind closed doorz, one-hunned – L-Y, NawfWestSide – Screwston, Tejas -

  • Shawty J

    Hamilton is alright, just alright. Some of the songs I’ve heard him on liked, some of the songs I’ve heard him on I disliked.

  • Stevie B

    Charles Hamilton is not hot at all. I am sorry different does not mean good. I heard a lot of his music and was not impressed at all. If somebody disagrees just post up a hot sixteen he spit maybe I missed something. He might be the worst of all the freshman. The only people that are really hot on that list are Curren$y, Blu, and B.O.B. Wale can spit I can’t front I just don’t like his sound.


    he tries way too hard sometimes and be really corny

  • Prince Caesar

    Charles Hamilton is wack. Let’s keep it funky.

  • Rex Banner

    lmao xxlmag people are such bitches, where did that dear fiddy blog go?

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