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

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