As an artist on Cash Money Records, Glasses Malone has access to some major hitmakers. But the California MC is not quick to take advantage of his multiplatinum labelmates. Instead, Glasses — who just dropped his solo debut album, Beach Cruiser, in August — said he would rather build organic collaborations.
"I have access to everybody. Just to me, our topics be so different," Glasses told MTV News' Sway Calloway during his visit to "RapFix Live" on Wednesday. "Me and Birdman got a lot of songs, me and Wayne got a lot of songs, me and Mack 10 have a lot of songs because our content are more relatable. Drake is really successful, and as an artist, it seems every artist wants to get with somebody that's successful, but I don't look at hip-hop like that.
"I ain't just trying to take advantage of somebody just because they hot right now," he continued. "I want to make great music, I want to make great songs, and right now, me and Drake's subject matter is so far apart: His subject matters tend to deal with more relationships, his success and dealing with his fame in the music industry."
Glasses, on the other hand, makes music that addresses the issues on the California streets where he was raised. On Beach Cruiser, he recruited the likes of Rick Ross, Jay Rock and Nipsey Hussle, instead of more-certified hitmakers such as Drake and Nicki Minaj.
Malone refuses to get caught up in gossip. When he first emerged on the rap scene, it was Game who gave him the co-sign, but eventually their deal soured. Malone made it clear on "RapFix Live" that he harbors no ill will toward the Compton MC.
"I don't think it's much of a rivalry; I think everybody painted it like that," Glasses said. "It could never be a rivalry: Dude put me in position, him and [his brother] Fase put me in position to be where I am today," he explained. "I don't got nothing to say bad about that dude or nothing about that situation because without them ... I'd still be slinging PCP on 117th."
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