Charles Hamilton Releases “Awkward” Valentines Day Mixtape, Talks Crush On Rihanna
With his new Valentines Day inspired mixtape, Well Isn’t This Awkward, coming out today, XXLmag.com caught up with Charles Hamilton to talk about the disc, rap’s relationship with the word love and his crush on R&B singer Rihanna.
Derived from an imaginative tale that stars Hamilton and an unidentified female, Well Isn’t This Awkward attempts to ignite the two. The project was envisioned as a means to give listeners a chance to experience the stages of love sonically.
“Publicly I want to be able to say that I’m in love,” he said. “Anybody can be cocky and say ‘I’m the best rapper, top five dead or alive.’ I’ve got music like that, but I am starting to realize I can just be myself and an artist. I’ve accepted that, I claim that for myself, but the one thing I really want to claim is love… With Awkward I got a chance to show you how many different places you can go with love alone.”
Charles finds profound strength in publicly proclaiming admiration for talented women, especially for Def Jam crooner Rihanna. Charles even includes a song on the project called “Re-Anna,” which samples her hit “Take a Bow.”
In light of the current circumstances Rihanna and Chris Brown are experiencing, Charles stated, “I’ll say it like this, I don’t respect anyone that is an abuser period,” he explained. “Words can’t define how not cool that shit is.” Charles went on to say, “It’s not really a secret that I have a crush on her, but I am trying to keep my mouth shut right now, I know she’s going through a pretty tough time.”
Along with the Valentines Day mixtape, Hamilton is currently working on another project with his cousin – the legendary MC Lyte. The disc, titled The Florescent EP, holds sentimental value to the young rapper. “Every so often I would get a chance to reach out to her or she’d be in New York and she reach out to me, and every time it was something special,” he shared. “She would give me words of advice that would keep me going. This project was like her shaking my hand, like welcome you’ve made it, and me shaking her hand like thank you.”
Fans can download Well Isn’t this Awkward on Charles Hamilton’s blog today. As of press time there is no release date on The Fluorescent EP. – Rosario Mercedes Velazquez