Prince Charlez

Prince Charlez is the alias of Charles Hinshaw, a songwriter and vocalist who has co-written Top 20 pop hits for Usher and Rihanna. The Compton, California native's first major writing credit came with Usher's "More," a single that reached number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2010. Later in the year, Hinshaw was showcased on Quincy Jones' Q: Soul Bossa Nostra, beside T.I. and B.o.B on an update of Jones' theme for Sanford and Son. Additional studio work with the likes of Marques Houston, Timothy Bloom, and ScHoolboy Q also saw release through the next few years, as did Rihanna's number seven hit "Needed Me" and Beyoncé's "Ring Off." In February 2017, Hinshaw released his debut single as a solo artist, the Drumma Boy-produced melodic trap track "Bitty," through the Republic label. Mary J. Blige's "U + Me (Love Lesson)" was issued as a single a couple weeks later with Hinshaw among the co-writers. The song's parent album, Strength of a Woman, featured two other songs with his involvement. ~ Andy Kellman

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