Bay Area Rapper Set For Release On June 26May 31, 2007 at 10:17 am | Posted in Hip Hop News/Press Releases | Leave a comment
From the Bay Area to Manhattan, a new bomb is set to blast with the long-awaited release of the provocative debut album from Charlie Manhattan. Titled “The Manhattan Project,” (named after the top-secret engineering project that developed the atom bomb), the disc is set to detonate on June 26, 2007. The album is slated for release by Laid Black Productions and The Pen, a division of Jaggo/RNB Entertainment Group, and it will be distributed by Fontana.
Born as Charles Wiliams, with San Francisco as his Ground Zero, his wickedly proficient, bone-crushing seventeen blazing tracks on this album will make weaker MCs take cover. Prior to this release, Charlie was dropping explosive joints on Bay Area compilation albums such as “Killa Tay Presents The Murder Show Soundtrack,” “11-5 Presents: Grind And Post,” and “Theme Music To Drug Dealins And Killins,”(which featured the likes of Young Noble of The Outlawz, Guce and Cold World Hustlers).
Growing up in the tough streets of the Bay View Hunters Point section of San Francisco certainly impacted Charlie’s rhymes. Manhattan’s life has also been shadowed by an extremely tough break: throughout his entire life, his own father has been serving time in prison. Charlie’s harsh surroundings, however, convinced him to drop bombs that are creative, rather than destructive. Charlie says, “I have seen gang violence, drugs, pretty much everything. It has influenced me in my music. But since I’m a really down to earth person, I’m not segregating myself off to one section of the city or part of Cali, or one part of anything. My experiences have impacted my music, through the things that I’ve seen, been around, and things that my family members have been through.”
Producers on this explosive album are Laid Black Productions, comprised of Mr. Laid and Chill Black, with additional contributions made by Slo Burn of BAISS Entertainment the newest addition to the now expanding Laid Black Production Team. Featured guests include U.D.I., Pho Balo, vocalist Calita Talley, R&B singer Omari Jelani, and Charlie’s younger brother, Lil Brah.
Key tracks on the album include the single “Two Occasions” which features a sample of Baby Face vocals as performed on the original “Two Occasions” by the Deele, “Thinkin Bout U” featuring Omari Jelani and “TAXI,” which features the sultry vocals of Calita Talley. Club bangers like “Traffic” which feature Charlie’s younger brother “Lil’ Brah” and “Right Here” are destined to make this album ghetto gold.
A song titled “F.W.A.H.S” is pretty much self-explanatory as to how Charlie feels about negative comments from haters. Charlie says, “Haters usually hate on what they can’t understand or be a part of.”
Charlie has performed a number of live shows, and already has experienced performing in another Country. He points out, “The fans in Germany were the testing grounds for some of the material on my album, and it was well received there so I am hoping the fans at home feel the same.” “I’ve done a lot of competitions with my camp. I remember a performance, a show we did with Mac Dre that was huge, about two and a half years ago. It was real shocking when he died. He was part of the Bay Area music scene, contributing for so long. The reaction to his death really showed how important the Bay Area is to people in hip-hop. It was felt far and wide, which meant a lot to us.”
The fallout from The Manhattan Project will be universally heard, and will be felt from Charlie’s hood to yours.
1. F.W.A.H.S.feat Lil Brah
2. I’M TALKING
3. CATCH EM’ ROLLING feat. Da’ Falcon & Black Steve
4. RIGHT HERE
5. TWO OCCASIONS
6. NOW/LATER feat. Big Quint and Da’ Falcon
7. MAKE EM’ CLAP
8. I GOTTA GO
9. TAXI feat. Calita Talley
10. TRAFFIC feat. Lil Brah
12. PARTY GIRL feat. U.D.I.
13. GO GIRL
14. HOT SHIT
15. DO U LIKE THAT
16. THINKING ABOUT YOU feat Omari Jelani