Update: Charles Hamilton stole a beat.

If you’ve been following the whole controversy, Charles Hamilton was accused of stealing a beat from Black Spade. When confronted about it, CH continued to deny that he took anything from Black Spade. Anyways, this whole thing was busted open on Fresh Selects. And now Kenny Fresh and Black Spade have provided video proof that Charles Hamilton did in fact steal the beat. Check out the proof here.

Maybe CH didn’t realize he was stealing someone’s beat. A friend could have given him the beat, or maybe he thought the beat was the original sample (unlikely, the beat had the original sample as an intro, so it was obvious that the actual beat was not the original). And then maybe he still thought this when he first talked with Black Spade. But over the last few days, it should have become completely obvious to him that he “mistakenly” jacked someone else’s beat. At that very moment, he should have apologized and admitted what he did.

Instead the guy kept denying and denying all the evidence thrown at him. This means either 1) Charles Hamilton is a no-good biter who denied stealing a beat that he knew he stole or 2) Charles Hamilton is an idiot who never realized what he did. Either way, I’ve lost respect for the guy. You don’t purposely steal other people’s beats. And more than that, an artist has to be careful and thorough to make sure he doesn’t accidentally do that. He should know where he’s getting his samples from. And finally, if you do steal someone’s beat and then you’re found out, you don’t deny it, you confess and apologize like a man.

I’m glad this stuff is over. And again, respect to Fresh Selects for shedding light on this whole thing and props to Black Spade for making a dope beat and then handling this whole situation in a respectful and tactful way.

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8 Responses to “Update: Charles Hamilton stole a beat.”

  1. Marc Fresco Says:

    Actually, CH didnt steal the beat. The kid just admitted it, and CH has the FL file of the beat. Plus, CH made the beat in 2006, and the other kid posted it in 2007

    • I don’t know where you’re getting your information from. I think you should check out the videos I linked to. http://www.freshselects.net/charleshamiltonstealsbeats

      Those videos prove it. CH’s protools files contain Spade’s beat. CH took Spade’s beat and then made a few cosmetic changes to it. You can believe what you want, but it seems like indisputable proof to me that CH stole that beat.

      As Kenny Fresh broke it down,

      “Here are the undeniable, already proven facts:
      – Black Spade RECREATED the Frankie Beverly & Maze song, obviously he made it sound like the original still but he DID NOT SAMPLE it. He replayed it. In the video he shows exactly how he did it – piece by piece. (Sidenote: Charles was asked to do a similar video showing how he made HIS beat and he agreed, but later called back saying he wouldn’t be able to do it due to “legal reasons” – i.e. he realized he just added to Spade’s beat and didnt wanna admit it on camera and get sued for copyright)

      – Charles Hamilton’s “beat” contains the full, single stereo track of Black Spade’s recreation of the Maze song, and NO elements of the Maze song other than the intro Spade left in there. The second video clearly proves that.

      – Black Spade has never claimed an exact date that he created the beat – Charles Hamilton has claimed 3 different ones publicly. Either way, it would be very close to impossible for Black Spade to recreate Charles’ beat himself, especially after only hearing it live. And it would be VERY impossible for Charles to have made the beat himself for various reasons – including not knowing the right equipment that the sounds came from, not realizing that those were Dilla drums he used, not being able to sing in Black Spade’s very recognizable voice, etc.”

      Plus, dates can be changed w/ programs. Just because Charles said it was made in 2006, it doesn’t mean it was.

      Here’s a quote from CH’s blog: “so this kind of sh1t doesn’t happen again, I regret to inform you guys that I am no longer accepting beat or music submissions.”

      It sounds like maybe someone sent him this beat and he used it without knowing where it really came from. If that’s true he should have just admitted that and apologized when he realized. But he said that he made the beat all himself and he didn’t apologize.

      I can bring you to water, but I can’t make you drink. But the truth’s staring you in the face, you just gotta accept it.

  2. CHARLES HAMILTON DID NOT EVEN STEAL THE BEAT. LIKE MANY COMMON PRODUCERS IN HIP HOP, HE SAMPLED IT. LISTEN CLOSELY TO EACH OF THE INSTRUMENTAL, CHARLES HAMILTON ADDED DIFFERENT INSTRUMENTALS THAN TO WHAT BLACK SPADE HAD AND USED DIFFERENT PARTS. IF CHARLES HAMILTON STOLE THIS BEAT AND USED IT AS HIS, YOU GUYS ARE SAYING THAT J-DILLA, WHO WAS A BEAT-MAKING PIONEER IS A BEAT-MAKING THIEF. THINK ABOUT IT.

  3. I remember cats talkin’ about that. Plenty of ppl were at his head and CH didn’t even steal the beat. He was just wrongfully accused.

  4. charles actually admitted to stealing it on a song.. u guys saying he didn’t steal it are in denial and should be ashamed of yourselves

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