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Meet Me Monday: Charles Dove turns a passion for hip-hop into a way to help others

June 16, 2014

By Junious Smith III, The Free Press, Kinston, N.C.



June 16--Charles "C-Hustle" Dove says he's the best at what he does.

While others may debate his ideologies, Dove -- vice president of A-Camp Productions in Greenville -- said he is very confident when it comes to his knowledge of hip-hop music.

"I'm a student of the culture and I feel like nobody knows more about music than I do," Dove said. "I wear many hats as an artist, producer, manager, promoter, consultant, artist developer and poet."

Dove, a Kinston native, said he has been writing since 1987 and producing for about 10 years. Recently, he has taken on artist management, along with A-Camp Productions CEO Branson "Big Buji" Edwards.

"(Branson) handles Greenville, Winterville, Grifton and Ayden artists while I handle artists in Kinston and surrounding areas," Dove said. "I've got five artists I'm working with, producing for and developing."

One of the artists, Jamar Williams, said Dove's guidance has helped him in his aspiring career as a singer.

"He's always out in the city welcoming everyone with talent to come out, and I accepted it," Williams said. "It felt like it was divine intervention for me to get up with him and start a concrete team."

Edwards said he met up with Dove in 2000, but only reconnected two years ago through a mutual friend on Facebook. Edwards, host of The Direct Audio Show on Suddenlink Channel 25, said Dove is very persistent and charismatic.

"He's a real people person," Edwards said. "He gets out and makes contact with other artists. He's a mediator and he's great to have as a representative for Kinston. He lets me know what the artists need, so I can get it for them."

Dove and Edwards have also sought to use hip-hop as a way to bring the community together. The two are planning a third community day in event in Winterville for September and are expected to see more than 2,500 in attendance.

"We feed them all, play clean music, have the police come out with no guns providing a human element and going to the businesses to donate," Edwards said. "We'll have things such as bicycles and gas cards, with each food ticket doubling as a raffle ticket to give to people."

Dove said he tries to invoke wisdom through his music and deliver a positive message.

"Hip-hop can be a tool to get kids off of the streets and maximize their talents," Dove said. "I feel like the children can respond to that and bring positive results into the community."

Junious Smith III can be reached at 252-559-1077 and Junious.Smith@Kinston.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JuniousSmithIII.

Breakout box

Name: Charles Dove

Occupation: Vice President of A-Camp Productions

To see the Direct Audio show, turn on Suddenlink Channel 25 and watch at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays.

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