"I wanted to commit suicide."

"Redemption season is upon us," says Charles Hamilton, sitting at a piano inside Los Angeles' Sayers Club on Feb. 18, the rapper's first public performance in three years. The crowd -- filled with record executives and fans, including one in a "Charles Hamilton Saved My Life" T-shirt -- is excited, and so is Hamilton. "Thanks for all the love," he adds. "I just feel so good."

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