Kid Cali, Glasses Malone, & Young Chris (Jaccpot Ent.)
Interviews by: Lucky Smith
Jaccpot Entertainment is a company owned by NFL star, Desean Jackson who plays for the Washington Redskins.
Introduce yourself for us.
Some call me Cali and some call me Oso. I’m representing southern California (South Central), but I moved around a lot in these Los Angeles streets. I’m on the Jaccpot label with my CEO Desean Jackson and LT Hutton. We’re about to take over.
How long have you been in the music business?
I’ve been in the music business since I was about 12 years old. Every dog has its day; I just haven’t had mine yet. It’s all about the grind and some people just give up, but you can’t just give up. You have to go hard out here. I’m a hustler any way so I’m going to keep doing this music because that’s what I like to do.
Do you have any new music out right now?
Right now I don’t. I did a “Gangsta Grillz” mixtape with DJ Drama. Shout out to Drama but it never got released, due to altercations. Shit happens. It’s small things to a giant so we’re going to bounce right back with a brand new everything.
Have you collaborated with anyone from your area?
A couple of years ago I did a few cuts with Nipsey Hussle that got released. Other than that if it got out their somebody else released it. I never just put anything else out their. You got to be confident in your music you can’t just be throwing it out there because anybody can record music and just put it out. You only have one chance at it and you have to take advantage of that one chance.
Would you say your sound is a West Coast sound?
I stayed in the south for a bit so people say I got a southern sound. People say I don’t sound like I’m from L.A. when I tell them that I am.
What’s in the works for you and Jaccpot Ent.?
Right now it’s Jaccpot everything. We’re about to put these albums out. If anyone puts out a hot joint, I’m going to jump on it and make it hotter. Once again, this is a Jaccpot take over. We’re grinding, getting to the money. If anybody said it’s not all about the money, they lied. Everything I do is to get to the money.
How can people reach out to you on social media?
Twitter: @IamCalioso Facebook: Cali Oso
Can you tell are readers who you are and where you’re from?
I’m Glasses Malone, Eastside advocate, real easy. I’m from Watts, California and I’m an all around musician, moving around in Hip-Hop; rapping, DJing, mixing, engineering, songwriting, etc. That’s what I became and what I was isn’t important any more.
You got some good advice from one of the West Coast Hip-Hop pioneers. Who was it and how did it help you?
At one point, Dr. Dre told me I had a hit record and music is what I should be doing everyday. At first, I was doing it for fun with my little brother K Styles when he got out of the penitentiary. I started doing it professionally after Dre told me I had that hit record. I’ve been at it for about six years now.
What was your first record you put out that people really got to know you from?
It was, “Certified” featuring Akon.
What labels have you been with and why did your stay their end?
I was with Cash Money Records my whole career. There wasn’t a “situation” that made me leave. Birdman groomed me to be a boss and make the most out of situations, so I decided to go for what I know. I’m trying to be the best I can be and I’m trying my hardest not to have to have somebody do it for me. That was the point of the plan so I started doing it on my own.
What is your take on the music of today and do you think the West Coast can make an impact like it did in the past?
I don’t know if it will ever be like it was back in the day, but good music is good music. You have people like Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolBoy Q, and Don Kennedy. Good music is going to continue to rise whether it is Rick Ross or YG. Music works in spurts so as the west coast starts to propel everybody starts to listen a lot more to what’s going on here. Just like the south and New York, everybody seems to have their time. The great ones continue last through out everything.
Do you think the west coast will get it’s sound back?
We have our sound and everybod is using it right now. Shout out to Ty Dolla Sign, DJ Mustard, Bugsy on the Beat, and all those guys. Man, they recreateded what the west coast needs to sound like.
What’s next for Glasses Malone and Jaccpot Ent.?
We’re just working on this new album and plan on releasing new music real soon. Other than that, I’m still riding off that “Good”, which is my hit record on the west coast with Ty Dolla Sign and C-Ballin. I’m just letting that kind of ride, but I got a new single with Tyga that I just shot the video for called, “Get Busy” so I’m about to start giving everybody music to party to. I made a great album for this summer, so I’m looking forward to summer.
What is one big misconception about you that you want to clear up?
I get a lot of people thinking I’m not approachable but I’m very much approachable. I’m both easy to deal with and talk to.
What message are you trying to get out there with your new music and who are you trying to reach?
I just want everybody to have a good time. A lot of my earlier music was in the reality of the way we were living and how I was living myself. It was for people living in the streets. This new album is just about fun, everybody having a good time this summer partying and doing their stuff. I made an album that can pretty much score on any summer day.
How can people reach out to you via social media?
Twitter: @GMalone, IG: @Glassesloc and GlassesMalone.com.
Most people will be familiar with you from your days at Roc-A-Fella.
Yeah, I was signed to Roc-A-Fella at about 15 or 16. My partner Neef and I formed “The Young Guns” and had hits like, “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop” (nominated for a Grammy), “No Better Love”…I can go on and on. We had a lot of success with State Property and shot a few movies. Shout out to the whole State Property. Free Beanie Seigel.
How did early success affect your career today?
What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. It just made me who I am today. I’m comfortable in the space I’m in. I’m still here, relevant to the youngins, still dancing with the new wave, and just to be embraced in every door I walk in is a blessing. You know I put that work in because when we came in the game it was different. We really had to rap to get in. Today, you can just wear some fly shit and be fashionable. It’s all about image today. They don’t even listen to the lyrics and the records no more. They just have fun in the club and stuff like that. When I came up they threw us in the cage with everybody and the best men won. It made me sharper.
Everyone knows about the bitter break up of the Roc. What is your relationship like with Jay and Dame?
My relationship is solid with everybody. That’s one thing I’m big on, relationships. I never let them go. Shout out to Jay and shout out to Dame, who is back on the scene doing his thing. It’s good to see. Shout out to the whole click. Those guys gave us an opportunity and showed us a lot. I’ll always rock with them for life.
Neef as well?
We sick, that’s my brother. We came in together, did the streets together before that, school, and we moved our moms like five minutes away from each other. We solid. When we say, “brothers from another”, we really mean that. That’s the model we go by, so we still solid like day one, baby.
After leaving the Roc you signed a deal with Rico Love. What happen with that situation?
Yeah, Shout out to Rico Love that’s my brother as well. Like I said, I’m cool with everybody I use to rock with. It was a deal with Division 1/Universal and the way the deal was structured said that when Rico left Universal, I automatically became a free agent. Then, he didn’t land another deal until about another year or two later with Interscope. Between that time, I did a one off with E1 which is done with now. We’re just going to make the best situation work. I still mess with all my guys. Those dudes gave me an opportunity so I could never look at them any different.
How did you feel about the other Yung Chris that released, “Racks” a few years ago?
You know, I don’t know if he wasn’t aware or just felt like, “Dude isn’t relevant no more so I’m going to take that”. It is what it is. It came and went.
Do you think what you’re doing musically can compete with what’s out now?
It pisses me off at times because the hard work a nigga put in gets over looked while they listen to these jokers and embrace this bullshit. At the same time, I keep telling myself, “I’m not going to dumb it down”. I just keep doing what I’m doing and the people will catch up. Timing is everything and when the timing is right, they’ll get it and respect it. Lyrics still mean a lot to me so I don’t just go in there and do anything. I think about fly shit, metaphors, how to put it the slickest way possible, subject matter, and how to show my versatility and how unique I am. There is enough room for everybody to get money.
Any features on your new project?
I still have a lot of songs that I and Rico did that I love and going to tie in with whatever I do because we did records with Mario, Kelly Rowland, my man Slim from 112, and Rico. I got a new record I’m mixing right now (as we speak) with my man Meek Mill titled, “Ex Chick” releasing real soon. Nobody knows bout this one but they’ll get it soon.
So how did the situation with Jaccpot come about?
Desean Jackson was in Philly when he was playing for them birds…..I don’t even want to give them too much light right now. You know what they did to my boy. Anyway, he was playing football but does music as well. We ran into each other at a studio and connected right away. It was like we knew each other for years, and I tell people all the time, the better the friendship, the better the chemistry, and the better the records came out. We started doing music and rocking together off top. I knew Jac for years before any paperwork. Our frienship made it the situation better.
Is there any misconceptions about you that you want to clear up?
The biggest thing people used to say is that I took Jay’s flow. Now, they’re saying Jay took my flow. It’s still a shocker, but at the end of the day all I’ll say is Jay is my man so I’m not riding with none of that bullshit. At the end of the day, I’m going to get past the comparisons with my work ethic. On another note, it’s also an honor to mention in the same breathe as the best, so I take it as a compliment.
Other than Jay Z, are there any other greats you’d like to work with?
This a tough one….I wish I had the chance to work with Biggie. He died on my birthday. Niggas woke me up talking bout my mans had died. That fucked me up. But, off top I’m going to say Jadakiss. We were talking so I know we’re going to get busy soon. I respect the spitters.
As a lyricist, how did you feel about Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” verse?
I had nothing but respect for Kendrick when he did that. It’s friendly competition. If you meet him you see he doesn’t mean any harm and everybody that he mentioned know he didn’t mean any harm. Niggas can’t take it personal. It’s good for the sport and if more guys in the lime light do that then we can have some fun. That’s my lane and right up my alley.
How can people reach out to you on social media?
Twitter: @YoungChris, IG: @_youngChris….somebody took my shit so I had to put the under score first.