Mickey Factz & Charles Hamilton live freestyle

Above: Raw video from Mickey Factz of him and Charles Hamilton puttin’ down some easy, off the top bars over “0 to 100”. Mickey flows effortlessly on this and of course, played to the crowd anticipating the headliner: Lupe Fiasco. Charles does his thing too so this is an easy, fun, no doubt watch.

Below: Lupe Fiasco and Mickey Factz, spotted on the latter’s IG, backstage as the Tetsuo & Youth Tour was in L.A. last night.

Talks with Lu. Photo by @toniacalderon

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Charles Hamilton f/ Rita Ora “New York Raining”

In the wee hours of the morning, we have the official visual to Charles Hamilton & Rita Ora’s big #Empire single. Diggin’ the typewriter beginning, the overall black and white aesthetic, and then the overall message and substance for the video as well. If Rita Ora’s eyes don’t reel you in too…

Charles Hamilton & Rita Ora on Seth Meyers

Charles Hamilton & Rita Ora are officially everywhere with their nice new single “New York Raining”. Here they are up above with a performance of the song on Late Night with Seth Meyers. I’m realizing that I actually really like Rita Ora on hooks after this one.

Speaking of her, here’s some bonus video of Ora and Action Bronson… with Rosenberg trying to play matchmaker?

Charles Hamilton “New York Raining” (Live Piano)

Charles Hamilton made the Empire finale last night and performed his new single “New York Raining” with Rita Ora. While I can’t find video of it from the show, I did just discover this all-new piano version of just Hamilton and the keys. Very nice and it’s great to hear him back. Catch him amongst the bevy of artists at SXSW this week too.

BONUS: Charles Hamilton talks the Empire cameo + how the collab with Rita Ora came about


Charles Hamilton “5 Fingers of Death Freestyle”

Charles Hamilton has re-emerged in the past month with a couple strong new records — the single “New York Raining” with Rita Ora and “Correct” — and now he keeps the momentum going with just as strong of an appearance on Sway’s “5 Fingers of Death Freestyle”.

He clearly goes off the top across some feel-good classics and needless to say, impresses, with a flurry of slick references (love the Saved by The Bell mention) and when Sway suggests a series of topics towards the end. Hamilton’s lazy flow is a pretty suitable fit for all of the beats on display too and this is one engaging listen up above.

Charles Hamilton previews Rita Ora single

Yesterday, news broke of Charles Hamilton’s official return to new music with his new signing to Republic Records. His first single release will be a Rita Ora collab “New York Raining” and at a live performance last night, he played the song for the first time.

The piano base is a pleasant one, Hamilton’s verses sound good so far, and likewise for Rita Ora on the hook. It’s just some fan video so I’m holding out for the studio version that should hit the Empire soundtrack in March. But now I’m holding out with a little more excitement.