As Glasses Malone’s debut solo album, Beach Cruiser, drops in stores today (August 30), the emcee has taken the time to discuss what the project means to him.

“I’ve never worked so hard on anything in my life,” explained Malone in an interview with KarmaLoopTV. “I was that person in high school that got good grades, so I ain’t been a loser my whole life. To see it just get finished, finally, I feel good. It just feel like I finally get the chance to start my career.”

Malone, who is signed to Mack 10’s Hoo-Bangin Records, also spoke on meeting legendary producer Dr. Dre. “When I met Dr. Dre, and he told me I was dope, I think that’s when I decided I’d take it real serious. Dre tells me that, that’s just really crazy. That’s all I needed. For someone of his caliber to say, ‘You know what, you can do this shit for real.’ You gotta think, like, damn, what’d he tell Eazy-E? What’d he tell Ice Cube? What’d he tell Snoop Dogg? I mean, if he tell you you can do this, you probably bet your bottom dollar you got a good shot at being someone great.”

Watch the interview below:

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