That’s the latest word out of Fresh Selects. St Louis rapper/producer Black Spade is claiming he produced the beat on Charles Hamilton’s track “Shinin,” and that Charles stole it from him. It came to Spade’s attention after a performance at SXSW, where he confronted Charles about it… and Charles denied it. Black Spade went fishing in his archives for proof and he sent the following email to Fresh Selects:

“Yo!
So this is the beat Charles Hamilton CLAIMS he created. In short, when I was in Austin to perform and check out SxSW, I caught his set. He performed one of his tracks, ‘Shinin,’ which I thought was dope. However, come to find out the instrumental that he used for that track is a beat I produced a while back. After he was done performing, I let him know that I produced the beat and asked him where he got it from. In the back of my mind I know that the only place he really could have gotten it from was off my MySpace page. When I told him I produced the track and liked his lyrics, he still continued to say that HE produced the track with some dude….FALSE. He said he cleared the sample and that he is the one singing ‘Shinin’ in the background and also that his homeboy was playing the keys on the track.

Now mind you, the background ‘Shinin’ vocals that he claims he laid were not laid in the studio at all. I know this because I sampled them by singing directly into the MPC.

Basically, the Frankie Beverly & Maze sample at the beginning is from when I put the beat up on MySpace. The whole point of putting that part in the track was to show that I was about to produce, from that part, my own version of the sample. So, if you don’t hear the Frankie Beverly & Maze sample in the MP3 I am sending you, that is why.

Peace,
Black Spade aka Stoney Rock”

If you’re interested, Fresh Selects has a side-by-side comparison of the song and Black Spades’ beat. Charles responded to the accusations and said he has the Pro Tools session to back him up, and Fresh Selects updated everyone on the situation, but we’ve still seen no real proof from Charles end…

Spotted all the drama at Rap Radar.

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One Response to “Charles Hamilton Stole a Beat?”
  1. woooooooow, the back and forth on this shit is hilarious lol.

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