charlie wilson

*Charlie Wilson had overcame a lot during his life and career.

He battled drug addiction and homelessness in the 1990s and recently, he fought cancer.

But no matter what life threw at him, he triumphed in his life and career.

Now back on his a-game with many Grammy nominations and close musical relationships with the industry’s best, he dished about his upcoming music and in his personal life, he talked about raising cancer awareness with The Huffington Post.

Wilson mixed his career with his personal life — anchoring the intro of Lupe Fiasco‘s “Mission,” which raises cancer awareness.

“I’ve been battling cancer since 2008, so it was the perfect scenario. And I’m so happy that Lupe is addressing the issue, because the younger generation think they’re untouchable. They don’t think the diseases can get them,” he said. “And so it’s a great thing that he comes out and he’s connected with some people [who are] really dealing with this issue … I’ve been talking about my cancer since 2008.”

He added, “I don’t know if the youngsters were listening to me or not. I know millions and millions of men were listening to me, but now, the 18- to 25-year-olds, I don’t know if they were really listening to me, because they don’t think they can be touched by this disease or any disease for that matter. So for him to speak about it and keep it 100, I believe that’s a good thing.”

But being featured on the song briefly isn’t the only thing Wilson got going on these days. He definitely has a new album coming soon.

It’ll definitely be 2015. So we’re lining up everybody, and about to start recording. I’ve heard a lot of records that I want to record and so we’re just gearing up,” he said.

Wilson commonly collaborates with two of the industry’s heavy-hitters — Kanye West and Pharrell Williams.

“I know Kanye was getting married, and so we had to get through that. And I know Pharrell is touring. So we’re just waiting for everyone to free up and then we’re going to get started with what we gotta do,” he said.

Read more about Wilson’s life and career here.