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Charles Hamilton Gives The Late J Dilla Exec Producer Credits On Debut, Releases Tracklist

Interscope signee and XXL freshman alumnus Charles Hamilton has released details on his debut, This Perfect Life on his blog, surprisingly giving executive producer credit to late great Detroit producer, J Dilla.

Along with releasing the 11-song track listing, Hamilton revealed the samples used for each song. Among interpolations songs by Sade, Chicago and PJ Harvey, the Harlem MC heavily relied on inspiration from Dilla, known for his famed soulful production style.

“Shouts to Radar at SubCon who did the cover,” he wrote on his blog. “I’m in love with it (the album cover). I also wanna thank James Yancey for his guidance in putting this album together. Sound wise, I couldn’t be happier. Again, the album was mastered reel-to-reel/digital-to-digital, and I couldn’t have done the entire process without him being a total jerk about me getting that EXTRA vinyl-ish sound. Thanks Dilla.”

Sonic The Hamilton, who says he’s so excited about the album, also crowned himself the dopest rapper alive later on in the post.

“So LL is the GOAT (greatest of all time), Jay is the BRA (best rapper alive) and Em is the BROAT (best rapper of all time),” he said. “MC Lyte (after hearing her new music yesterday) is the Best Female MC of All Time, Jean Grae is the Best Female MC Alive. Damn. Looks like I’m the DRE (Dopest Rapper EVER)… I mean, I look at it like this. A lot of people can say they’re dope, and a lot of people can say I’m not dope. But all things considered, I’m claiming the title of DRE. Dr. Dre’s name spawns from his real name. Andre Young. I’m THE DRE… no lol either. I’m serious.”

Peep the album tracklist, with samples below

1. “Barbara Walters”

– “Geronimo” by The Shadows

2. “Three Pound Bullet”

– “Street Player” by Chicago

3. “Ghosts”

– “Tom’s Diner” by Susan Vega

4. “Post Lynching Ceremony”

– “Persuader’s Theme” by John Barry

5. “All Alone”


6. “Cable in the Classroom”

– “To the Other Man” by Luther Ingram (originally heard in “Gobstopper” on “Donuts”)

7. “Baby”

– “Super Sonic” by Zodiac

8. “Reminder”


9. “Tears of Fire”

– “I Come Undone” by Jennifer Rush

10. “Long Socks”

– “The Mess We’re In” by PJ Harvey

11. “Rosado”

– “Kiss of Life” by Sade

As of press time there is no offical release date for This Perfect Life but Hamilton says it may come out as early as June 23. – Elan Mancini

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