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Glasses Malone, Beach Cruiser

The last week of August was a good one for previously delayed albums. First, Game dropped his The R.E.D. Album on August 23; then, the next week, Lil Wayne released Tha Carter IV. That day wasn’t all about IV, though. It was a date that had also been circled by another man. Glasses Malone—a musical comrade of both (he’s part of YMCMB with Weezy and a fellow Left Coaster like Game)—finally got the go-ahead to drop his official debut album, Beach Cruiser, which was initially slated to to come out in 2006.

Glasses looks to prove it was worth the wait and he’s still hungry, and let’s listeners know from the start, spitting, “Back with a vengance/Back like the judge just reversed a life sentence,” on the album’s opening bars from “Kickstand”. This bounces into the synth-heavy “Eastsidin,” a Crip anthem alongside Snoop Dogg and Nipsey Hussle.

The rest of the project’s guest features are fitting, as well: West Coast Gs Mack 10, Jay Rock and Ya Boy, as well as YMCMB spitters and affiliates Birdman, Rick Ross, T-Pain and T. Lopez. Even with so many others along for the ride, Glasses is still able to make the offering feel decidedly his own.

The dope boy, getting’ money music continues throughout, including on the aptly titled “Dope,” “I Get Doe” and “Rich N Thuggin.” As a result, there are cliché concepts aplenty on Beach Cruiser, but the hood tales and money chasing dreams are rooted in the Watts native’s real experiences and executed excellently, complimented by beats that are funky and bouncy—exactly what you’d like to blast while cruising by the beach—and so the album holds up.

Five years after it was first supposed to drop, Beach Cruiser serves up street music with mainstream sound and sensibilities that finds a way to remain authentic, reminding why Glasses Malone was once anointed as a leader of a new breed of West Coast gangsterism. —Adam Fleischer

  • AC Says 10%

    A Better Rating That R.E.D.!!….Just As I Thought!! Thats Whassup!!

  • BWS

    BC better than R.E.D. ?! Get the fuck outta here…. Stop hatin’ on my man Game! Not sayin’ this is bad album though, but no way it’s better than Chuck Taylor’s new classic LP!

    • AC Says 10%

      no hate!!..im more of a game fan anyways….but R.E.D. is junk compared to this!!! Thats MY Opinion!! take it or leave it!! no hate!! smMFh

  • Pugz

    Yeah that’s just…. you guys should be ashamed with the hate you’re giving to Game with this rating. Carter IV, this, and especially Dj Khaled’s new bullshit are all inferior to the R.E.D. album, which is a complete joke. Game’s album will go down as a classic, you’ll see.

  • wow

    omg i cant bealive they gave this xl and RED only L wow just wow this is bullshit

  • http://guilcdskmc.com Westside dead

    The Game and Glasses didnt deserve xl, the game will never live up to the documentary classic material.

  • http://MYSPACE.COM HELTAH SIN SAY

    THE GAME GOT THE NUMBER ONE ALBUM IN THE COUNTRY AS I WRITE THIS SHIT YOU NOBODY NIGGA!! FUCK YOU AND YOUR MOMMA! WHO GIVES A FUCK IF IT DIDNT MEET YOUR EXPECTATIONS YOU NOBODY NIGGA!!! NIGGA SOLD 10 MILLY WITH GANGSTA SHIT! SHUT THE FUCK UP YOU UGLY ASS WHITE NIGGA!!

  • HipHopLivesUnderground

    Heltah Sin Say? Really?
    Both Honkey Kong AND this album got a better rating than R.E.D. Just because it sold millions doesn’t mean it’s high class, that’s like saying Justin Beiber deserves highest reviews.

    R.E.D. was sub-par. The track featuring Dre was very…scattered. I expected more from a track with Jeezy (Paramedics). And pretty much after the first half of the CD, you get maybe two good songs. Three at the most.

    IMHO The Documentary > Doctor’s Advocate > LAX > R.E.D.

  • Fireforreal

    This album was pretty dope. I thought he was always a good mc but now I think he’s one of the best westcoast mc’s who has eastcoast and midwest fans as well. The only problem and he should have learned from his co-signer Mack 10. Don’t sign with Birdman,Slim etc….unless you make records like wayne(back then Juve,B.G.,Turk) Drake or Nicki. They finally released this album with NO real promo a week after the Wayne ? sounds funny to me. Looks like they just released the nigga to release him from his contract. I understand at the end of the day it is a business so why even sign him ? talented or not his music will not go Plat,not even gold. Maybe 100,000 tops on a major that ain’t shit. With TC3 going tripple,Drake Plat,Nicki 1.5 and TC4 already plat………Prepare to be dropped.

    • EZS

      i hate what you’re saying. but unfortunately its true.