Bidding wars between major record labels; collaborations with powerhouse artists Lil Wayne, The Game, and Akon; national tours with Slaughterhouse and the Strange Music family; it’s easy to see that Glasses Malone has come a long way from the hood. No stranger to street life, G-Malone grew up splitting his time between the crime-ridden areas of Watts and Compton in Los Angeles. The influence of the rough neighborhoods proved to hit close to home: Malone’s mother and brother both served time behind bars. By the age of sixteen, Glasses was heavily into gang life but determined to change his future. In an interview with MTV news, Malone talks about how he contacted iconic West Coast producer Dr. Dre for advice:
“We asked, what would it take for him to work for us? And he told us if we brought him a hit record, he would do it… I was like, ‘All right, word.’ And I stopped hustling, quit my job, everything, and started doing music.”
Malone began to receive attention after his 2003 album The Crack Mixtape, but it was “Two Hunned”, a song on 2005′s White Lightning that put him on the map. The record sold 30,000 copies and caused major labels like Def Jam, Black Wall Street, Aftermath, and Sony to chase the gritty-voiced rapper. Malone describes the situation to MTV News:
“Jay–Z was like, ‘Yo, I’ll fly you down to New York,’… We had an offer from the Game, and we had a lot going on at the time. Then we got this one offer, and my attorney came to me and he was like, ‘We have an offer you can’t turn down.’ ”
In 2005, Malone signed a reported $1.7 million dollar deal with Sony Records. His debut album, Beach Cruiser, was set to be released in 2007 but was postponed due to label restructuring at Sony. G-Malone quickly signed a new deal with Cash Money Records and Hoo-Bangin’ Records. The highly-anticipated Beach Cruiser has since been moved to a 2011 release date and will reportedly feature guest appearances from Hoo-Bangin’/Cash Money family members Mack 10, Birdman, and Lil Wayne as well as Akon, Snoop Dogg, Tech N9ne, Eminem, and Wyclef Jean amongst many others. Glasses Malone is currently tearing up the Independent Grind Tour with Tech N9ne and spoke with Peter Parker about his confidence in Beach Cruiser despite its postponement.
“It’s like any other good food. It’s like stew, you feel me? When you cook stew, you gotta let it sit for days… the stew’s getting hot and it’s gonna be ready.”