UPDATE 2/19/15 10:30 a.m.: Watch video of Hamilton playing "New York Raining" live for the first time in Los Angeles last night, above (via Complex).
Believe the rumors: Charles Hamilton, Harlem MC and fallen blog-rap hero, has signed a fresh new deal with Republic. "Charles is back and the excitement for his return is immeasurable. The enthusiasm in the marketplace is overwhelming and we are thrilled to participate in the evolution of his career," said Monte Lipman, co-founder and chief executive of Republic Records, in a press statement. The "Brooklyn Girls" rapper will ring in this new era tonight at The Sayers Club in LA, where he's on deck to perform new music. He's also teased a new Rita Ora collab called "New York Raining" which is set to debut on Fox's Empire. For more on the former glory days, revisit Charles Hamilton's 2009 FADER cover story.
Lead photo: Republic