Harlem emcee Charles Hamilton has been admitted to New York Presbyterian Mental Hospital following a nervous breakdown.
Hamilton broke the news yesterday (July 17) on his personal blog, stating that he has been convalescing since last week.
“I feel pretty up, y’all. Had a slight breakdown a week ago,”Hamilton wrote. “Resisted treatment at first, but Lithium is a Godsend.”
Hamilton has kept a low profile after a 2009 filled with image-damaging incidents and rebukes from fellow artists. In February of last year, Hamilton was dissed by Rhymefest on “Super Sonic,” which was the fallout from an impromptu stage battle the two men had. In May 2099, Charles was punched in the face by former girlfriend Briana Latrise after an initially playful freestyle battle turned following a Hamilton line after their decision to abort a pregnancy.
In June 2009, the late J Dilla’s mother Maureen Yancey condemned Hamilton for attempting to list her son as an executive producer on his major label debut This Perfect Life . Hamilton had never met Dilla, but claimed he was doing it as a tribute with funds to be given to J Dilla’s charity. Ms. Yancey denied the claim, and the attention earned Hamilton a mini-feud with veteran Detroit DJ House Shoes, and a freestyle diss from Royce da 5’9.
Earlier this month, Charles Hamilton began his comeback by releasing 6 mixtapes of all new material on his blog site. He cited the strain of business side of the music industry as a contributing factor in his mental health issues.
“And yes, this ‘game’ has been kicking my ass emotionally and what not. Make music because you love it. Not for a budget. And let this serve as a further message,” he said. “Some would ask why I am even blogging from NYPH. Well, every other aspect of my life is public, as well as the consensus of psychosis. Why not blog about it? And most of my critics take literature classes from reading this very blog anyway, so they can take Depikote right along with my non-crazy psyfriends. I truly heart my co-patients.”
Hamilton made it a point to praise fellow young emcee B.o.B., the only rapper to reach out to him during his career and personal difficulties. He also marveled at B.o.B.’s recent huge success, but noted that he doesn’t have the same aspirations.
“Shouts to Bobby Ray Simmons. BoB to y’all. He is, by a mile, the only artist who has reached out to me. I really wish you could understand what I am going through on the inside, and I totally understand what you are going through,” he explained. “He has the number 2 video on VH1, and true story, I watch the Airplanes video with no envy of his success…Anyway, BoB is doing what he must in this business. I wish I had the desire to be a megastar. As it stands now, I only want to be the Charlie Llama. A voice youth of all ages can turn to for a sense of unparalleled paralleled friendship and companionship.”
At press time, Hamilton has not disclosed his expected release date from the hospital.