YMCMB’s Watts-bred rapper, Glasses Malone, finally released his long overdue debut last August, entitled Beach Cruiser. But, due to it coming four years after its lead single “Certified” had made a splash on the charts, the LP fizzled and failed to generate the sales both critics and the rapper himself had expected just a few years prior.
Despite the setback, Glasses is undeterred. The rapper has been hard at work in the studio as of late, determined to climb back to where he was and even higher … and plans to get things rolling with an upcoming free album, entitled Glass House.
“I didn’t like the response, as a whole. I didn’t think it got responded too well at all,” the rapper told us this week, via a phone interview. “I was totally unsatisfied with it. I’m blessed that the fans who actually waited on it, got it. But, it shoulda came out to a much better reception. Now, I feel like there’s a real chip on my shoulder to perform, so my turn up is at an all time high at this point.”
Following the local success of his recently released TY$-assisted cut, “That Good,” Glasses has followed up with a comedic, uptempo leak called “Rihanna” … and things are looking up.
For anyone who knows Glasses, you know he can paint a picture about the streets with ease, so with a “Rihanna,” he’s definitely taken a different appreach, hopping on a more up-tempo production than fans have become accustomed to. So far, so good.
“I just wanted to expand my artistry,” he explained of the new club banger. “Everybody knows that I can make the street introspective music that’s revealing about what’s going on today. I think everybody knows I’m capable of that, so I’m trying to expand what I normally do. ‘Rihanna’ is a little different because of the tempo, but to me, the concept and idea is not that much different. Everybody gets girls, so in relation to talking about sleeping with somebody, that’s nothing new. Maybe I normally wouldn’t necessarily make a full song about it, but there’s nothing wrong with it. Everybody wanna get it, so it’s all good.”
Despite how much it’s caught on after it hit the Internet recently, the Los Angeles rapper admits to catching some flack, initially, over his comedic reference to the Chris Brown/Rihanna domestic abuse situation. But, it’s since been accepted by fans.
“A lot of fans jumped right on it, but it was taken harshly at first,” Glasses admitted. “I think they felt like I was insinuating that it’s cool to hit your girl or something, which is some silly sh**. But, when you’re from the ghetto, you joke about everything. Nothing in life is off limits, because you come from f***ed up circumstances. That’s natural. It’s something everybody in the hood already joke about, so I made the joke public. You know, f***ing with your girl, beating the p**** up and bringing the Chris Brown/Rihanna situation into the fold. That’s public information, they superstars. I don’t think it means much of anything, because they got over it.”
“Rihanna” and “That Good” are little preview of what’s to come from his upcoming Glass House project, and just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to new music. Additionally, Glasses has several projects in the works, all set to release over the next several months, as he leads into his second commercial album.
Glass House, however, is up first. On it, the rapper shows a side he doesn’t show too often — his aggressive alter-ego who shares the project’s title.
“It’s kinda like my turnt up alter-ego — not even my alter-ego, it’s just my personality that people don’t know outside of ‘Car Wash’ and ‘Certified,’ ” Glasses explains. “It’s this ignorant side that I don’t allow to come out. [My past single] ‘Eastsidin’ (Crip Gang)’ … this is a project fulla that, not necessarily gangbangin’, but just that whole aggressive bravado feel. That’s what’s next for me.”
At press time, the upcoming free Glass House had no release date, but Glasses plans to drop it sometime in August. Until then, check out “Rihanna” below, and download “That Good” now, over at ShareBeast.com.