Glasses Malone’s “Thuggin’” single featuring Kendrick Lamar reached #1 on Billboard’s Emerging Artists chart yesterday (April 21). The chart, which launched in May 2014, compiles “the most shared songs from up-and-coming artists on Twitter over the last 24 hours,” Billboard says on its website.

“I’m glad to see Billboard and society as a whole recognizing the importance of artists bearing content,” Glasses Malone says during an exclusive interview with HipHopDX. “‘Thuggin’ is the culmination of musical commitment and street knowledge. Everything from the peck of each piano key to the final mastering represents my struggle or the struggle of any artist from the corner attempting to change their own life. I just want to thank God, DMC and TDE. Even though Kendrick Lamar is my little brother, I still thank him for being a part of the song.”

“Thuggin’” is set to appear on Glasses Malone’s #GH2: Life AIn’t Nuthin, which is slated to be released later this year. 

Listen to “Thuggin'” on HipHopDX.com.

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