Harlem rapper Charles Hamilton is back and trying to put his fall from rap grace behind him with the new track “I Don’t Care.” Apparently co-produced by the rapper’s idol Eminem, the song is an enticing preview for his new release Ill Doesn’t Meen Classic, which is scheduled to drop July 7. Listen to the new track after the jump.
For Hamilton, it’s a return to hazy, crackly smoothness. “For those that thought they knew me/ Say hello to the one who you thought was the new me,” he raps over a laid-back, booming beat. “Success would be thought of as awesome, usually/ But when I talk to dudes, you’ll confuse me.”
The rapper sounds like he’s back in shape and the track is certainly reminiscent of material from his initial rise to online prominence that started back in 2008. After a run of one-offs and mixtapes that led to blog dominance, Hamilton quickly fell to the point when he was admitted to a mental institution in 2010 after being arrested. He’s been relatively silent since then, using a string of random diss tracks to get back in the public eye.
As recently as September, Hamilton openly criticized Tupac, Biggie and Eminem, while this past March he went on the attack against J. Cole in a random lyrical assault that went unanswered.