Thought Charles Hamilton would never recover from his epic fails of 2009? Omen—who produced Drake and The-Dream's "Shut It Down" as well as Lil Wayne's "Single"—thinks the poised-in-pink Brooklyn rapper has a great forthcoming album on his hands.
"Charles' focus right now is putting out really clever records, but joints that can bump in the club," the Harlem-bred producer says. "As far as his pen game, Charles is a genius in his own right. His whole vibe is left-field and he’s one of the quickest artists I ever worked with. We did like 14 songs in two days. This might be the first time where he doesn’t really produce the bulk of the album. I think people will be really surprised... that dude has a lot of good joints lined up."
One of those girl joints is a single Omen worked on with Hamilton in February. "It’s called 'Halla,' with an 'a,' it’s kinda weird," he says with a laugh. "It’s basically about how if a dude wasn’t doing shit, but now he is, what makes them want to holla now. I was hearing some talks about it featuring another artist that everyone knows and loves... and loves to hate."
On March 25, Hamilton released his final mixtape, The Binge Vol. 3: Charles Hamilton's Last Mixtape. The rapper was dropped from Interscope Records in September, but is currently working on his as-yet-untitled followup to the shelved This Perfect Life album. —Tracy Garraud