On a Tuesday night in Tammany Hall’s VIP section lay a sleeping Glasses Malone. Tired from a day of appearances and interviews, west coast rapper and Cash Money Records signee Glasses Malone was waiting for his time to perform, so why not take some time to rest. On tour with Mistah F.A.B, PotLuck and a few others, Glasses just released his debut album Beach Cruiser. Awaken from his slumber by his manager, Parlé Magazine was honored the chance to speak the man of the Blu Division.
Parlé Magazine: How does it feel to have finally released Beach Cruiser?
Glasses Malone: It feels like kicking heroine or getting a monkey off your back.
Parlé: What were the reasons for the delay?
G. Malone: Mainly it was all about finding the top 40 singles, the label had bigger plans for me into being more of a commercial artist and that became the problem.
Parlé: Have you made serious changes to the album?
G. Malone: The album is completely redone. The first Beach Cruiser told a complete story and this one talks about what is happening in the streets currently.
Parlé: What were some of the latest additions, production and feature-wise?
G. Malone: It’s pretty much the same cast of people because I work with people who I like and deal with on a personal level. Some of the same features like Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, T-Pain, Akon, and Birdman.
Parlé: How did you get the name Glasses Malone?
G. Malone: I got the worst vision and it started off as a joke and then it became something that everybody took seriously because I built respect out of it.
Parlé: How was it growing up in California?
G. Malone: It was great. I hope everybody gets a chance to experience it.
Parlé: Out of the West Coast legends, who did you listen to growing up?
G. Malone: Any Death Row artist or Ruthless artist.
Parlé: Are you still with Cash Money?
G. Malone: Yes I am.
Parlé: Would have preferred to be releasing your sophomore album now or are you happy with the debut Beach Cruiser?
G. Malone: Oh no, I’m ready to go. I want to release a new album immediately and we don’t need to waste any time.
Parlé: How did the collaboration album with Mack 10 come about?
G. Malone: Mack 10 and I had been talking about since day 1 because I’m signed to Hoo-Bangin’ Records as well as Cash Money.
Parlé: Is there was West Coast resurrection in the works?
G. Malone: It’s definitely happening.
Parlé: Where does Glasses Malone fit into the resurrection?
G. Malone: I guess I’m one of the architects.
Parlé: Stepping away from music, how was it working on The Division?
G. Malone: I produced my first film, it was a dream come true. I can’t wait for everyone to see it when it comes out next year. I want to get into producing films after I’m done with music.
Parlé: What the difference between making films and making music?
G. Malone: It’s totally different. The checks are a lot bigger.
Parlé: If you had a choice between producing movies and music, what would it be?
G. Malone: Producing movies.
Parlé: What’s your pre-show preparation?
G. Malone: Normally I’m amped up, playing a videogame, talking smack or putting it together.
Parlé: What’s the rest of the night looking like for you?
G. Malone: Sleep and more sleep.
Parlé: How did this tour come about with these acts?
G. Malone: Just doing something different and unique. I wanted to go on a different tour to build a different fan base.
Parlé: Are you currently working on your sophomore album?
G. Malone: My sophomore is about 70 percent done. I’m ready to come out with it the beginning of next year.
Parlé: What should we expect on the next album?
G. Malone: Expect more of my sound, my input and my direction. I have a whole a new genre of music called Gangsta’ Blues. I went away from the talk of gang banging and focused on the effort and blues from getting money.
Parlé: What’s Gangsta’ Blues?
G. Malone: It’s about a lot of the struggle that is going on in the streets, the blues of the hustlers and the d-boys.
Parlé: Who’s your Top 5 MC’s, now and of all-time?
G. Malone: My Top 5 for now is Jay-Z, Kanye West, Andre 3000, Eminem and a tie between Ludacris and Lil Wayne. As for my Top 5 MC’s of all-time I pick , Scarface, Jay-Z, Ice Cube, D.O.C and as much as his mannerisms piss me off Kanye West because his music is insane.
Parlé: Who’s your dream feature artist?
G. Malone: Prince, that’s it.
Standing in front of the stage, Glasses Malone called for the audience to crowd around him. The deejay dropped his instrumental and the sleeping giant was then awoken and become a microphone monster. Performing songs from his debut album Beach Cruiser and inviting a fellow MC from Flatbush, Brooklyn to get some shine, Glasses Malone is ready to blow.
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