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Charles Hamilton and Chris Young Explain Their Belief in Magic, 3rd Eye, Freestyling Their Collaborative Project “Abracadabra” + Perform Live!

Coming together for a new project titled “Abracadabra” under the name 3rd Eye Magic, Charles Hamilton and Chris Young join Sway in the Morning speak on how they connected and what went into creating this artistic body of work.

Sway starts things off by giving Young props for stepping up to the mic for the first Wake Up Show battle on Shade 45 in 2013 and knocking out the competition. Speaking to Hamilton about what’s new in his life he reveals that there is a Red Bull documentary coming out about his life in September.

Getting into being connected through a mutual friend a little over a year ago, Hamilton and Young simply bonded over rap, a cypher together to be exact. Connecting through their third eye they rarely talked about the songs before and during recording sessions and rather freestyled. The title, “Abracadabra” comes from the phrase “I speak when I create” Hamilton explains that freestyling literally comes down to creating while they spoke or rapped. No re-takes, no discussion.

Moving on they speak on what exactly 3rd Eye Magic is as they open up about divine energy and connecting through a higher being. Both guys speak fluently and concisely about how this movement came together for them.

While they’re in the studio, Hamilton and Young perform two songs from the project, “Funk vs. Instinct” and “History Today.” Watch above and stream via Spotify HERE.


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