Blessed is the only word he could come up with when asked to describe the current state of his career. Gangsta L. Crisis, better known as G.L.C is one of the most successful artists to come onto the scene without having dropped an official LP. Fresh off a tour with Kanye West and already two time Grammy winner, G.L.C. considers himself to be a “man of honor.” With an upcoming clothing line, cartoon, movie, and debut album in the works that doesn’t seem too far off.
Long time friend of Kanye West, G.L.C first came onto the scene with an appearance in his fellow Chi-town native’s Spaceship in 2004. Since his mainstream debut, he was hard at work behind the scenes in the mixtape game and eventually made his way onto yet another Kanye track, “Drive Slow“.
G.L.C began his music career at an early age as an escape, a release from the harsh real world in order to stay positive. “I went through a few things when I was growing up, like losing my parents, being diagnosed with diabetes, and certain things that make people say ‘man, how did he survive? His backs on the wall, he probably won’t get up right now’, but I kept it moving,” says the Chi-town native. His perseverance brought him out of this slump and closer to success every day. With his debut album Love, Life and Loyalty on the way he says that he couldn’t be more pleased with life.
He explains, “My album is going to make people aware of the consequences of their actions, but also, it’s going to make you smile, it’s going to make you feel good, and give you something to ride to. You know, when you’re on your way to work, when you really don’t feel like being bothered; something to take you away for a minute,” but don’t expect to be lectured by the gospel of this rhyme veteran, he swears he’s no preacher. “In my album you’re not going to feel like I’m talking down to you, you’re going to feel like I’m talking to you.” G.L.C’s personality and spirit set him apart from other MC’s in the music industry, and give him the ability to connect with his audience.
After gaining recognition from working alongside Kanye, G.L.C. is ready to have his own music heard, and have listeners understand who he truly is through his work. “I am the evolution of a G, the vision. I am a man of a legacy, a man who is built of legacy, and my legacy is to build up my accomplishments and bring hope,” which is exactly what the public should expect.
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