HipHopDX Premiere: Madchild, Adlib and Slaine join Salt Lake City-based indie rapper gLife (real name George McDonald) on his third studio album, My Rise, which features 12 new tracks dripping with the blood, sweat and tears it took to make it. It also easily depicts the highs and lows of an independent hustle in an oversaturated Hip Hop market.
“‘My Rise’ isn’t about my career going places,” gLife said in a press release. “I started 2016 out confused—I was feeling lost about my direction. Slaine showed me a lot about stage performance and how to focus on music instead of partying. Touring with him reassured me that my gritty subject matter and seriousness could still go over well in front of strangers every night.”
gLife’s last album, One-Five, peaked at #11 on the CMJ Hip Hop Chart (College Radio), and boasts collaborations from Hip Hop veterans Reef The Lost Cauze, 2Mex, and Living Legends MC Sunspot Jonz. His next step is a full-fledged North American tour, which is set for early 2017. Until then, listen to the album above.