Charles Hamilton: Well Isn’t This Awkward
A week and change back Charles Hamilton decided to drop a three mixtapes within days of each other. Me personally, I like dude. Not to the point where I’m feenin’ like Jodeci for his newest material, but enough to be interested in hearing it sooner or later when it drops.
For the past week and change I’ve been listening to all three looking for a way to differentiate his intentions and music and break it down for y’all. The first of the three that dropped was Well Isn’t This Awkward and I’d have to say, yes it was. The sounds and reverb used on the production throughout this mixtape were just well, awkward. But then again this is the same man who said, “The real me could f*ck all of you niggas up/cause I don’t give a f*ck/I’m used to gettin’ cut/I’m used to gettin’ stabbed/cause I’m my own bully/my soul is something that I don’t own fully.”
Another joint that was as cool as the other side of the pillow was “Match.com” where he sampled Carl Thomas’ “I Wish.” There he rapped about needing a girl and eventually telling her, “I really am a decent nigga/but I’ve been living this life before sleeping with cha/before spending weekends with cha/gettin’ pizza with cha/in the sheets being indecent with cha/doing more than just eatin’ in the kitchen/eatin’ in the kitchen/beatin’ in the kitchen/you get horny just being in the kitchen.” And Ne-Yo calls himself a gentleman?
He then sampled Rihanna’s vocals and made her sound like a chipmunk for his “Psycho Bitch” joint. He sampled her voice a few more times on the mixtape and each time it was less than stellar music. But joints like “The Penthouse Elevator” with its thumping beat and guitar strings on “In Case I Actually Get Her” made up for those few fumbles.
I guess this could be called an experimental mixtape and in a lot of ways, Charles Hamilton is a mad scientist and with his style he was able to pull this off. Again, a woman or wounded heart can drive a man to build or destroy around the square he stands. Charles built a mixtape series. On ITA his rhymes and flow were able to weave in and around a bunch of “creative” production that would stump 98 percent of today’s rappers. That in itself is a feat worthy of applause and fitted tippin’. So far he’s 1 for 1. Can he go 3 for 3? Stay tuned.-The Infamous O
Hottest Joint: “Tengo Una Pregunta”
Weakest Joint: “Scorpion”