The Charles Hamilton comeback is officially happening this year. The Harlem MC inked a new deal with Republic Records, and while the terms of the contract were not disclosed, Hamilton is looking to make an immediate impact, and will be performing new music during his intimate performance at Sayers Club in Los Angeles tonight. While Hamilton recently released a snippet of his new song, "Correct," his actual new single, "New York Raining," which features Rita Ora, will debut during the season finale of Fox's Empire set to air next month.

“Charles is back and the excitement for his return is immeasurable. The enthusiasm in the marketplace is overwhelming and we are thrilled to participate in the evolution of his career," said Monte Lipman, co-founder and chief executive of Republic Records, in a press statement. Hamilton's career journey has seen plenty of ups and downs since his emergence on the scene, but it finally appears that he's ready to put his immense talent to work and prove he's still got it.

UPDATE 2/19/15: Hamilton debuted his new single last night at his show in Los Angeles, which you can watch footage of below.