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Glasses Malone


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Despite the fact he doesn't glorify the gangbanging lifestyle he once led, rejecting the common archetype of hardcore West Coast rappers, Watts/L.A. native Glasses Malone's explosive mixtape run placed him far ahead of the crop of "New West" MCs who emerged in the mid- to late 2000s. Malone actually grew up between the Watts and Compton neighborhoods in Los Angeles. His whole family was very deep in the illegal drug trade (his mother was convicted and sentenced to prison for 25 years). He eventually abandoned hustling drugs and gangbanging to pursue music fully. He immediately made a big impact with street albums The Crack Mixtape (2003) and White Lightning (2005), which together sold in the tens of thousands and provided a number of hits for L.A. radio. The buzz he created from those two mixtapes alone stirred up a high-end, major-label bidding war that included Def Jam, Atlantic, and Aftermath as suitors. However, in late 2005 Malone signed a whopping $1.7 million distribution deal with Sony for his Blu Division imprint. Unfortunately, Sony underwent massive restructuring the following year, which included eliminating the label's urban division. Malone was released from his contract in 2007, but wasted no time in securing a joint deal with Cash Money and Westside Connection MC Mack 10's Hoo Bangin' imprint practically a week later. He then offered up his first proper single, "Certified," with hook crooner Akon, which slowly made its way into national radio rotation. Despite the momentum, Malone's first album hit more snags until it was finally released as Beach Cruiser in August 2011. Q-Tip, DJ Toomp, and the Cataracs were among its producers. ~ Cyril Cordor
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Glasses Malone

  1.   Song
  2.   Sun Come Up featuring Birdman
  3.   Thuggin' by Kendrick Lamar
  4.   After Hours
  5.   My World
  6.   Get Busy
  7.   #Rihanna
  8.   Give It Up
  9.   Big Bro
  10.   Knock It Out featuring 50 Cent
  11.   Certified
  12.   Left Coast'n
  13.   On Me
  14.   Step
  15.   That Good
  16.   Rich n Thuggin
  17.   No Sympathy
  18.   Eastsidin
  19.   Dope
  20.   Club Heaven
  21.   I Get Doe by The Cataracs
  22.   Just Waitin
  23.   G Bo Intro
  24.   Haterz featuring Birdman
  25.   Sixty Million Dollar Flow
  26.   Hold On
  27.   Car Wash
  28.   Eastside
  29.   Nothin' Else by ScHoolboy Q
  30.   Off Safety
  31.   Flowers
  32.   Let Me Warn U, U're Playin' Wit Fire
  33.   Price Tag
  34.   Thuggin' by Kendrick Lamar
  35.   Too Hood featuring Kirko Bangz
  36.   Call Me T.I.
  37.   Til da Sun Come Up
  38.   Kickstand
  39.   Feel Good Muzik

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