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GLC (Gangsta L. Crisis) captured the attention of listeners looking for honesty and integrity in Hip Hop music with one heart-felt guest appearance. Just as much as it was his flow, it was the power in the words he rapped on “Spaceship” that gained GLC an audience and fan base. Now a few years removed from his entrance to Hip Hop’s mainstream, GLC is the epitome of the ism, honor, mackin’ & integrity.
One must wonder how a rapper without any full-length album, and little radio play can manage to pick up two Grammies as well as the respect and admiration of Hip Hoppers across the board? GLC’s formula for doing so is a combination of Life, Love, and Loyalty. GLC is able to connect to listeners both in the streets, as well as professional walks of life by possessing an uncanny display of ism. He says, “When I go into the booth, I don’t have a rap voice, or a rap character that I become. I’m the same G at all times. I’m that man with an interesting life off 87th street who loves woman & spits the rawest of life changing game. I speak to the Cathedral! Come & join the congregation, hustlers, players entrepreneurs, people trying to better themselves are all welcomed.”
GLC has continually bettered himself and his music through hard work and dedication. He found poetry and Hip Hop at an early age, and used both to cope with the passing of his parents. While dealing with the pain, a growing talent presented itself. For years GLC seemed to be caught between two worlds. He worked in clothing stores, while continually hustling in the streets. Throughout this time he also harbored dreams of being a Hip Hop artist, and infused his songs with lyrics that spoke to his people grinding in the streets of Chicago, as well as those working a 9-5. Eventually he decided that music was the best way to accomplish his dreams and he would not let any roadblocks stop his journey towards success.
“As long as you’re talking about the negativity, you’re only attracting more negativity into your life. Stay positive. I was dead broke. I was living in my sister’s basement. All I had was a VS-880 (8-track recorder) but I did 2-3 songs a day,” GLC recalls.
“The way the music was back then, the skill level I’ve acquired over the years, it wasn’t that back then. But it took that to get to where I am now. It took that hard work. It took that perseverance, it took the dedication, discipline, and determination. I wasn’t sitting around complaining about what I didn’t have. I focused on getting what I didn’t have. So, as long as you focus on bettering yourself, that’s what’s going to happen. If you sit around letting your problems get the best of you, you’re not going to make it in nothing. That’s negative. Negativity is not the way. You got to eliminate negative people out of your life.”
That positive attitude is what has led him to become one of the most respected and sought after artists in a city known for its cold temperatures and colder shoulders. A full believer in Karma, GLC chooses to collaborate with artists even if the short-term benefit is small. He reasons, “God has really blessed me to make it this far, and to almost be done with my album. As long as God has blessed me, it’s only right for me to spread those blessings. So that’s why I get in the studio with somebody and they can put ‘featuring GLC’ on the cover of their thing. This might help push what they’re doing, and I don’t see nothing in return. My blessing’s going to come.”
It is only natural for GLC to have that mindset. After all, his blessings started when childhood friend, Hip Hop icon Kanye West, offered GLC a guest appearance on his debut album, The College Dropout. GLC took advantage and delivered a verse that will resonate with listeners for years to come. He followed it up with another stellar performance on “Drive Slow,” from Kanye’s sophomore LP, Late Registration. Since then, GLC has released mixtapes with DJ A-Trak (Drive Slow), DJ Geno (I Ain’t Even On Yet), as well as Sean Mac (Honor Me). All the projects show that he is more than a one-verse wonder. In fact, he welcomes the doubters as they only propel him. “I thank God for the haters. I look at it like this, if everybody doens’t like you, then you’re doing something wrong. If everybody says they love you, you got to question that because someone might be being phony.”