Anthony Hamilton is one of my favorite singers that have burst on the scene in the last 20 years. He’s always had that distinctive, old-school voice. Comin From Where I’m From was released 15 years ago today. Honestly, I thought this was his debut album, but I was dead wrong. In 1996, Hamilton released his first project, XTC. It took him almost seven years to release this album and I peeped it late. While listening to a slow jams mixtape, Comin From Where I’m From came on and I was in awe. First thing came to mind was this must have been an old joint. It wasn’t and immediately I purchased the album off the vibes of that track, no streaming back then. The 12-track project was amazing, and I became a huge fan. Trust me, I was putting everyone on to Anthony Hamilton and this album.
What’s crazy is that the single of the title track didn’t get released until the middle of October of 2003. The first single from the album was released about three weeks later and it was called Charlene. This was another great track off the album. The crazy part is that he was a part of Jermaine Dupri’s So So Def. in the past, Dupri produced the likes of Jagged Edge, but Anthony Hamilton is a different artist. It all worked out because the album is a certified classic and went on to sell over a million records. Comin From Where I’m From earned him three Grammy nominations. Many people don’t know, but he sang the chorus on the Grammy nominated, Po Folks from the Nappy Roots.
Hamilton has dropped seven total albums, appeared on countless records like the Dear Mama Remix by 2Pac. Either way, congrats on celebrating the 15-year anniversary of the release of Comin From Where I’m From. Make sure you check it out here or peep it below.
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