Glasses Malone is a rapper from Compton, California who originally began to make a name for himself in earlier 2006. His debut album however would be constantly delayed, continually being postponed for many years from its original date. Having finally worked out the details with a joint venture between, Cash Money/Subnoize Records, Malone finally released his album Beach Cruiser. Is the album worth the wait?
1. "G Bo (Intro)" produced by Q-Tip
2. "Kickstand" produced by Yung Fokus & Djay Cas
3. "Eastsidin'" (featuring Snoop Dogg and Nipsey Hussle) produced by Tommy Gunz
4. "Certified" (featuring Akon) produced by DJ Toomp
5. "Dope" produced by Tha Bizness
6. "Off Safety" (featuring Latoiya Williams and Mack 10) produced by Curt Beatz
7. "Hold On (Rare Breed)" (featuring T. Lopez) produced by Dem Jointz
8. "I Get Doe" (featuring The Cataracs) produced by The Cataracs
9. "Rich N Thuggin'" (featuring Ya Boy) produced by Mams Taylor
10. "Car Wash" produced by ENG
11. "Call Me T.I." produced by 2Much
12. "Til da Sun Come Up" (featuring T-Pain, Rick Ross and Birdman) produced by Bigg D
13. "No Sympathy" (featuring Jay Rock) produced by Meetro
14. "Club Heaven" produced by Curt Beatz
15. "Feel Good Muzik" (featuring Latoiya Williams) produced by Terrance Martin
For those who have not heard Glasses Malone rap he sounds somewhat like a mixture between The Game and Rick Ross. He has that gruff voice with a somewhat drunk type flow. The album starts off with the banging “Kickstand” which is a classic gangsta track with its thumping bass and trumpets on the beat. Right from the start you know what you are going to get with Glasses Malone, stories of hustling in the streets and being a gangsta. It is a topic that has been touched on time and time again in hip hop, but it is the story of Glasses Malone, what he went through so it is difficult to fault him on that. He raps about what he knows. Fans however, may be tired of the same content that is repeated time and time again on this album and by so many others.
It is not as through Glasses does not try to make himself stand out from the pack. He has a ton of high profile guest stars, which fit the roles they were given nicely. “Eastsidin” has Snoop Dogg giving Glasses a nice hook, as well Latoiya Williams and Mack 10 add a lot to the slower “Off Safety”. Akon gives him a great hook on “Certified” over a pounding beat from DJ Toomp, and Glasses lays down some great lines, ‘I was jus' a lil pissed I didn't sign with Jay/Mil plus, couple months feelin fine today/Mil plus, couple blunts and stay runnin' the hood/And I'm laughin at you rap niggas runnin from Suge/Talk greezy on your records stop pushin' me hoe/Face to face turned bitch, your lil pussy's exposed.’
The track however was released as a single to the album almost 4 years ago, which really points to what the problems are with this album. It is an album made for 2007, not 2011. The album sounds dated, including some of the references that Glasses uses in his lyrics. While this is not completely the fault of Malone, in that he was in record label purgatory, it is an issue. As well the timing of the release also hurts the cd. Glasses is rapping on similar topics as recent album releases from Jay Rock and The Game, both of which produced a much better album.
That is not to say that Glasses Malone is always going to be in the back of the pack. He shows some signs that he can move up the ranks. The stand out track “Get Doe” produced and featuring The Cataracts, is a great mellow summer jam with a nice piano beat, with almost a reggae feel to it. The song has hit single written all over it, and could go a long way to increasing Glasses Malone’s exposure if it gets picked up by radio. As well “Rich and Thuggin” has Malone sounding hungry and motivated while “Club Heaven” has him effectively dreaming about Pac and Biggie performing in heaven.
This is a decent debut from Glasses Mallone, that unfortunately came 4 years too late. Fans will likely find the content to be repetitive and after one listen may have trouble finding a reason to put the album in rotation, given alternative such as Jay Rock and Game. Hopefully Malone can build of what he did right on this album, and use it to make his next album better.
The 411: Glasses Malone made a decent debut that unfortunately came 4 years too late. While tracks like "Get Doe" and "Certified" are good tracks, fans will likely find the content to be repetitive and after one listen may have trouble finding a reason to put the album in rotation, given alternative such as Jay Rock and Game. Hopefully Malone can build of what he did right on this album, and use it to make his next album better.