GLASSES MALONE – Beach Cruiser


To say that this album was a long time coming would be an understatement. Glasses Malone’s debut album, Beach Cruiser, was originally scheduled to come out in 2006; however numerous setbacks and label changes kept the album from seeing the day of light; until now. Finding a home at Suburban Noize Records, Malone has finally released the album to masses, who are anxious to see how it would turn out. So, was it worth the wait? Well, that’s going to depend what you’re looking for.

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Two of the West Coast’s biggest players get together for what’s suppose to be a dream come true for many West Coast fans. Underrated MC Glasses Malone and veteran O.G. Mack 10 come together to release the collabo Money Music.

The opening track Everybody Gotta Go finds Glasses in an intense situation as he plays the role as a gangsta. This is a great intro and looks to be a sign of good things to come. Unfortunately, the rest of the album is a bunch of fill in songs with no concepts and awkward Dirty South beats that have no business being there.

The lead single on the album Money Drunk, featuring Red Cafe and Jah Free, is one for the streets. Glasses uses his husk raspy voice to prove he’s boss, Red Cafe spits some cleaver words to make the track more entertaining. Mack 10 shows off his solo skills on Extra Extra. The track also features singer/rapper Boobie Soprano.

Got It Like That is a nice effort. But Dear DEA, featuring Richie Rich, is a smooth filled track that will qualify as cruising music. The duo try to switch things up by showing some diversity on Girls Everywhere. The song is definitely for the clubs. But ultimately it fails due to the fact that it just didn’t match. West Coast artist’s on a Dirty South beat usually don’t go well. Other tracks like Back II Bizness, Clint Eastwood, and Love Letter just don’t blend well. It seems as if they hand picked some tracks to fill the album.

Simply put, the album is a let down. But for Mack 10 who has been in the game for almost 20 years, this won’t stop him. And for Malone who is still considered “new” by many fans, he’ll have to come harder on his next attempt to get the recognition he badly deserves.

Standout Songs: “Everybody Gotta Go”, “Money Drunk”, “Dear DEA”


Mack 10 Secures Lil Wayne, Rick Ross and Jim Jones for New Album

Posted: Monday – July 6, 2009

Armed with a renewed focus and an all-star list of collaborator, West Coast rap star/actor Mack 10 plans to wrap up the summer in grand fashion with his forthcoming album Soft White.

The release is the follow-up to the Inglewood, Ca. native’s previous offering, 2005’s Hustla’s Handbook, which included the Nate Dogg-assisted single “Like That.”

For Soft White, Mack 10 admitted to having “fun” while working on the project as he explained the meaning behind the album’s name.

“I went with that title because this album right here is just raw and uncut, it’s just me,” Mack 10 stated. “We had fun on this one and I had to bring them all out, I’ve been smiling all year.”

Among those on hand to craft Soft White are music producer Jazze Pha and R&B crooners Anthony Hamilton, J. Holiday and Akon.

Rappers Jim Jones, Birdman and Glasses Malone have also been recruited for the album as well as Lil Wayne and Rick Ross, who both appear on Soft White’s first single, “So Sharp.”

The release of the album is the latest chapter in the music career of Mack10, who has sold nearly 3 million albums.

The rap veteran first emerged on the scene in 1995 with his self-titled debut album, which charted at number 2 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

The following year, Mack 10 aligned with fellow West Coast rap artists Ice Cube and WC to form Westside Connection.

The trio released their critically acclaimed platinum debut, Bow Down, in 1996.

Following Bow Down’s release, Mack 10 remained a fixture on the rap scene with a string of albums like Based on a True Story, The Recipe, The Paper Route and his 2003 Cash Money Records release Ghetto, Gutter & Gangster.

Mack 10’s Soft White is slated to hit stores on August 25. A video for “So Sharp” will be released in the coming weeks.


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