After signing a new deal with Republic Records back in February, Charles Hamilton has been busy gearing up for the release of his debut, yet-untitled studio album, scheduled to be released later this year.

Recently speaking with XXL as part of the publication’s Spring 2015 issue, the Harlem, New York rapper opened up about his decision to sign with a major label, what fans can expect to hear on his upcoming release as well as revealing his nerves about jumping back into the Hip Hop scene.

First up, Hamilton offered some insight into his decision to sign with a major label.

“Well, I felt like I had fought the good fight long enough,” Hamilton says. “I had put out a lot of free music and I had discussed topics that no one was talking about. So I figured, I’ve pretty much put myself on the line for the people, why don’t I try to do something for myself?”

Charles Hamilton also revealed some details about what fans can expect from his debut album.

“Grade-A lyricism and a lot of progressive instrumentals,” he says. “These beats are truly a testament to my musicianship. It’s truly refreshing. It’s not as bleak as my older beats; it’s not as dark. But making that adjustment has led to some really great records. I think Hip Hop could use a reprieve from the very electric sound that it’s gone into.”

Later in the conversation, Charles Hamilton spoke on whether or not he’s nervous about getting back into the Hip Hop game.

“When it comes to the general public, especially when you’re trying to be a revolutionary, you can never guarantee success. But yeah, I’m just nervous about getting back on the scene,” Charles Hamilton says. “I don’t know what’s changed. All I know is that I’m still me. I’m still growing. I’ve grown a lot from 2008, I’ve grown a lot from last year and I can’t wait for people to hear the growth. Hopefully, I can inspire the same kids who I steered away from suicide and drug abuse to pick up an instrument.”

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