Charles Hamilton – C.A.T.S. Can [Mixtape] | Free Download

It’s been a long hard, downward spiraling road for Hip Hop emcee Charles Hamilton. At once stage touted as the “next (emcee) to blow,” the former XXL Freshman had the world at his feet with a major label deal over at Interscope Records, co-signs by Eminem (having worked him Em), Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, all of his praise and good fortune quickly dwindled after a host of calamity of events.

These included naming the late great J.Dilla as an executive producer on his free (and at the time pre-major label debut) album This Perfect Life without the permission of his estate, getting killed in an impromptu rap battle with one of his fans and famously getting punched by his ex-girlfriend, on camera, after he revealed that she had an abortion during yet another *cough* impromptu rap battle – but all of these failings pale in comparison to the news that the Harlem bred was admitted to mental hospital and later arrested for assaulting police officer.

However the Sonic The Hedgehog loving emcee is currently making strides to make a full return to the Hip Hop scene with the slightly unexpected release of a new mixtape/album project entitled, C.A.T.S. Can. The eleven track tape, which Hamilton describes as his “rehab” album, features production from 9th Wonder, Sha-leik, and the Harlem bred emcee himself.

“C.A.T.S. taught me to not be afraid of my 3rd eye visions. So C.A.T.S. Can is a lot harsher than my previous work, with production from 9th Wonder, Sha-leik and myself,” he says.

I can’t say that I was ever a fan of Mr. Hamilton but I am happy that he is in a better state of mind and at a point in in his life where he feels he is ready to come back to the scene and release music. Welcome back sir…

[via realtalkny]

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