Guest Star: "I'm Not The Most Ignorant Person But I Was Very Unaware I Could Do Positive"

Friday, Sep 23, 2011 4:30PM

Written by SOHH for Glasses Malone

[With the controversy surrounding this week's controversial execution of prisoner Troy Davis, West Coast rapper Glasses Malone speaks out on fighting for incarcerated convicts' rights.]

My mother died in prison [from health related issues]. I felt like it was a very unjust situation. To lobby for prisoner's rights, it's a really slow and tedious process. so you can have a meeting and then not have another one about the lobbying for another two weeks. So what I'll do is write things down and constantly get help from friends of mine so I can pinpoint what I'm really trying to change.

It's serious. I was really given the insight to be able to do something for my mom. Where we come from, and don't get me wrong because I'm not the most ignorant person, but I was very unaware that I could do positive [things].

You can't change the world overnight but you can fix certain key points. You have prisoners paying their debt to society. They shouldn't be treated less than human. So right now, I've been trying to zero in on everything.

If I could just change one thing [about the prison system], I think it would be the way they treat pregnant women in there. Even though my mom wasn't pregnant, I heard from this Mexican girl that called me and told me how they were treating [incarcerated] pregnant women. She was telling me how they were giving birth and the time they got to spend with their kid. They were treated like dogs and they gave them fish kits. That's like a starter kit [women receive at the start of their jail sentences]. It's just a comb, soap and deodorant and they give these to those women after they have babies. They're not even cared for. That sh*t is crazy to me. That's probably the worst thing that I've heard and I've heard a lot of f*cked up stories. Just the treatment of a pregnant woman in prison and how they're treated when delivering kids.

If nothing else, I think my mom would be proud [to know I was working toward better treatment for inmates]. They deserve a different type of treatment. They're not cared about at all.

Despite the fact he doesn't glorify the gangbanging lifestyle he once led, rejecting the common archetype of hardcore West Coast rappers, Watts/L.A. native Glasses Malone's explosive mixtape run placed him far ahead of the crop of "New West" MCs who emerged in the mid- to late 2000s. Malone actually grew up between the Watts and Compton neighborhoods in Los Angeles. His whole family was very deep in the illegal drug trade (his mother was convicted and sentenced to prison for 25 years). He eventually abandoned hustling drugs and gangbanging to fully pursue a music career. 

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