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

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