Yesterday (February 18) it was announced that Harlem, New York rapper Charles Hamilton has signed a new deal with Republic Records. This news comes just three weeks after Hamilton returned to the music scene late last month, releasing “Correct” through his newly launched Soundcloud page.

According to Rap-Up, Hamilton has signed a deal with Sarah Stennett’s label Turn First in conjunction with Republic Records. The “Brooklyn Girls” rapper is reportedly readying his debut album, scheduled for release later this year.

“Charles is back and the excitement for his return is immeasurable,” said Republic Records’ co-founder and chief executive Monte Lipman. “The enthusiasm in the marketplace is overwhelming and we are thrilled to participate in the evolution of his career.”

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Hamilton’s new single, “New York Raining” featuring Rita Ora, is set to appear on the finale of Fox’s Empire on March 18.

Hamilton was dropped from his original deal with Interscope Records in 2009.

Charles Hamilton took to Instagram to celebrate the news:

Inked a deal with #RepublicRecords. #starchasersneverstop

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