Until Monday (Apr. 13), it had been years since we'd seen an official Charles Hamilton music video. But the next stage of the Harlem rapper's comeback is now complete, thanks to his "New York Raining" video with Rita Ora.
The black-and-white visuals evoke Civil Rights movement imagery -- though it's not explicitly stated that the video takes place half a century ago. In the four-and-a-half minute clip, we see Charles and some peers holding signs with sayings like "Equality Now," joining arms as they square off with police, and throwing their fists in the sky as a Black Power salute.
Plus, we see Sega playing the piano atop an NYC building.
There's a constant thread, too, of a love story, as what appears to be an elderly Charles opens the video writing a letter to a loved one -- and we later see their younger versions as they fall in love.
After a few fits and starts in recent years, Chuck reemerged in early 2015, linking with the same management company as Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora, and signing a new record deal with Republic Records, plus this Rita Ora-assisted jam, which was featured on "Empire," as well.
This is yet another sign that the Charles Hamilton comeback is a very real thing. Let's see what else he has in store for 2015.