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Hamilton was raised in Harlem, New York, Hamilton was exposed to music at an early age. Hamilton stated his mother always made sure he had an instrument around him. His mother put different kinds of instruments in the basement of their Cleveland home, but he naturally gravitated to the keyboard. For most of his life, Hamilton was self-taught. Picking up the lead and bass guitar in his teenage years, as well as the drums and harmonica. Hamilton has stated that listening to other genres of music, being exposed to different cultures and experiencing life helped mold his musical sound. Hamilton would leave from his mother's home at the age of 18 & would at times be homeless spending his nights at his friends houses.
Hamilton would later utilize a studio built at the Frederick Douglass Academy owned by current student at the time Howard "HcHo" Burke & would later sign to Burke's label Demevolist Music Group where he would later become president.Hamilton would spend countless hours in the studio, developing his craft & his own signature sound.
Hamilton met future manager Le'Roy Benros after offering to help with a music event that he was organizing. When Benros eventually heard his music he was "blown away" and arranged a meeting at Hamilton's high school in Harlem. Benros set about promoting his first client in any way that he could, burning CDs, putting him on at showcases and securing his first appearance on the influential blog "You Heard That New".[
On June 9, 2008 Hamilton released his debut mixtape Crashed Landed. On June 27, 2008 Hamilton released his mixtape Outside Looking. On August 14, 2008 during an interview Hamilton announced he was officially signed to Interscope Records. On September 2, 2008 Hamilton released his mixtape Death Of The Mixtape Rapper. On September 16, 2008 Hamilton released his mixtape And Then They Played Dilla the mixtape was a dedication to producer J Dilla, the mixtape cover was based on J Dilla's critically acclaimed album Donuts. On September 30, 2008 Hamilton & Demevolist Music Group released their mixtape Staff Development. On October 15, 2008 Hamilton released his mixtape It's Charles Hamilton, the mixtape cover was based on Nas critically acclaimed album Illmatic. On October 28, 2008 Hamilton released his mixtape The L Word.On November 11, 2008 Hamilton released his mixtape Sonic The Hamilton.[ On November 18, 2008 Hamilton released his debut single "Brooklyn Girls", the music video would feature a cameo appearance from pornographic actress Lacey Duvalle who Hamilton had earlier during that year made a dedication song towards her entitled "Lacey Duvalle".On November 25, 2008 Hamilton released his mixtape Intervention. On December 8, 2008 Hamilton released his mixtape entitled The Pink Lavalamp, the mixtape was originally supposed to had been released as Hamilton's debut studio album, but due to Hamilton disagreements with Interscope Records about having his single "Brooklyn Girls" put on the album, he decided it would be best to release it as a mixtape instead. In 2008 Hamilton was chosen for the 2009 XXL Freshmen cover along with rappers Wale, B.o.B, Asher Roth, Cory Gunz, Blu, Mickey Factz, Ace Hood, Curren$y & Kid Cudi.
On February 13, 2009 Hamilton released his mixtape Well Isn't This Awkward the mixtape was a dedication to singer-songwriter Rihanna. Hamilton was to be releasing his first studio album on Interscope, entitled This Perfect Life, in 2009. According to Hamilton's blog at the time, the album was to be released digitally on June 23, 2009,and the physical copy in stores on August 25, 2009. The album was supposed to be Hamilton's major label debut and the first album distributed by a major record label for free download on Charles Hamilton's own website.
On August 17, 2009 Hamilton released This Perfect Life EP as promotion for the album. After months of speculation, the album was never released as a result of Hamilton getting dropped from Interscope on September 19, 2009 for multiple reasons.
On September 24, 2009 This Perfect Life the full album was released digitally by Hamilton himself & was leaked on various websites
On March 25, 2010, Hamilton released his mixtape entitled The Binge Vol. 3: Charles Hamilton's Last Mixtape. Although he announced that The Binge Vol. 3 would be his last mixtape, Hamilton, along with fellow rapper B.o.B, released a video trailer on March 29, 2010 to promote the song "Paperboy".
On August 12, 2010 Hamilton released his compilation album originally to be his debut studio album for Interscope Records T.A.F.I.E.T.U (The Album For Interscope Executives To Understand), but due to Interscope dislike for the tracks "North Pole" & "Laffy Taffy Outro" it was shelved by the label. On September 9, 2010 Hamilton released his extended play entitled For Your Locker.
On September 23, 2011, one day after his discharge from Community Assessment & Treatment Services Rehab, Hamilton released two mixtapes, Gynophobia 2 & C.A.T.S. Can. Early morning of October 4, 2011, Hamilton publicly released his mixtape What the Hell Is Wrong with You?! the project was written during his rehabilitation & later recorded following his discharge from rehab on September 22, 2011.
On June 18, 2012 on his Twitter Hamilton announced that he was releasing an independent album entitled Ill Doesn't Mean Classic it would include the Eminem produced song "I Don't Care", it was released as a mixtape on July 7, 2012.[ On July 30, 2012, Hamilton released a collaboration mixtape entitled Cinematic Hallucinations: The Bully And The Pet with rapper S.K.E. The Heistman. On December 21, 2012 Hamilton released his extended play entitled The Come Down.
On April 18, 2013 Hamilton's other shelved Interscope debut studio album Substance Abuse was leaked.
On April 1, 2014 Hamilton released a collaboration album with rappers Spud Mack & S.K.E. Heistman entitled Hip Hop. On May 30, 2014 it was announced Hamilton allowed a friend to release his albums My Heart & The Zone though Hamilton would later claim that this was false, My Heart was originally supposed to be released as Charles Hamilton's debut studio album in 2010 while he was signed to NewCo Records but it was shelved by Hamilton.[
On January 17, 2015 Hamilton officially returned on social media after starting back up his twitter account & creating his own Instagram page, on his first posted photo Hamilton would state "The hype is real. Hello again. #rapgame #letsdothis #hiphop". On January 23, 2015 Hamilton had a surprise performance with singer-songwriter Rita Ora performing a collaboration track entitled "NY Raining". On January 26, 2015 it was announced that Hamilton had signed with record label/management company Turn First Records. On February 18, 2015 it was announced & confirmed that Hamilton had signed a second label deal with Republic Records, it was also announced that Hamilton's 1st single "NY Raining" featuring Rita Ora, from his debut album would be featured on the first soundtrack for Fox's Empire. On March 18, 2015 Hamilton would release his first single "NY Raining" from his upcoming debut album.
Hamilton also produces records & song writes for other artist as well, Hamilton is known for producing a majority of his own records. Hamilton is also known in his production style for his sampling of soul songs.