Glass Joe - conducted by Bill "Low Key" Heinzelman
With G-Unit's Young Buck putting Cashville on the map, more Tennessee emcees are now getting their opportunity to shine. Glass Joe is one of those artists who is next in line to continue the dirty south legacy. The veteran emcee has paid his dues in this Hip Hop game and is finally getting a chance to showcase his talent to the world. Don't sleep on Glass Joe, he is one of the emcees carrying the torch for the south in the future. This interview was conducted in October of 2004 by Low-Key.
MVRemix: Can you tell the people who Glass Joe is and what you are all about?
Basically, I'm coming from a business mans perspective. We still keeping it gangsta, but we gotta elevate this game a little bit.
MVRemix: Where were you born and raised?
I was born in Cascade, Georgia. Which is 20 miles south of Atlanta.
What was it like growing up there?
I moved around a while lot, from Atlanta to Kentucky to Tennessee. So my adolescent years were really spent in Tennessee.
MVRemix: What is your first memory of Hip Hop?
Definitely the Fat Boys, cause I'm a big nigga man. I was writing shit when I was 10 years old, just trying to relate.
MVRemix: How did you first get into rhyming?
I was in a summer camp, and everybody was doing something for this talent show. So I was 10 and I decided to rap.
MVRemix: How did you first start to make a name for yourself in the streets?
Man, just going into battles. I would just go into clubs and jump in the middle and let my rhymes rip.
MVRemix: From there, how did this rap thing start to become a career for you?
I just got with my man Reece, and we made this ultimate plan to take over this shit. Cause a lot of niggas are going with this gangsta shit, but we are trying to sway away from that shit, as far as the business goes, and make niggas grow up and realize we have to have a network and make our names stand for something.
MVRemix: For people who haven't heard your music yet, how would you describe your sound?
Man, just therapy. It can sooth any mood you are in. I have a song that can relate to any mood you are in.
MVRemix: Does your music fall into the crunk sounds of today?
I wouldn't call it crunk, but I definitely have some crunk music on there. I got all kinds of shit on there, as I'm just giving you a sample platter of Glass Joe. You can indulge in what you want to.
MVRemix: When is your debut album coming out?
It’s probably gonna be after January, in the first quarter. We are going on a 90 day publicity tour right now.
What is the name of it?
What is the meaning behind the title?
“Glacious,” meaning, we are going to put the game on freeze right now. I'm gonna go ahead and slow it up for y'all niggas. Cause a glacier moves in slow motion, so we are going to try and put it in slow motion and let niggas understand. Its kind of like a blueprint, but niggas are gonna feel me.
MVRemix: What type of songs and concepts do you have on the album?
I got this song called "Beef", because a lot of artists think its all about this rap game, but its about much more. This shit can take you down, so you are putting your life on the line when you put your shit down on paper. We also got these girl songs, niggas who are on some puppy love shit, getting over their girl, we are gonna get their head right. We gonna council these niggas and help hem get over it.
MVRemix: Who is doing the production on the album?
I got Tim Hill, and a lot of local producers.
MVRemix: What about guest appearances?
We did a whole lot of collaborations, but we are not sure if we are going to use them because of label politics. But I did one with 112, David Banner, Fiend, Bun B, Bone Crusher, you know, all them cats.
MVRemix: What do you think about the rise of crunk music the past two years?
That's what its about, its all about crunk music. If it don't bang in the club niggas don't even wanna put it in their CD players. As far as club music is concerned, it doesn't always have to be club, but crunk, as you said. As long as you make your shit crunk, you can try and fit your own little meaning inside of it.
MVRemix: Do you think the popularity of crunk music makes it easier for you to get your foot in the door?
Na man, because I have been doing this for years.
MVRemix: Being from the East, I have seen the transition how southern artists would never get any radio play, to now, where its a lot easier. So do you find it challenging to be able to branch out towards the East and get your music heard?
Yeah, it’s a challenge. But as far as the East Coast goes, you just gotta mix it up. Because a lot of people think we are one dimensional, but you can't really hate on that because that is the only thing that rises to the top, as far as radio play goes. But if you listen to our lyrics, we gotta put it down and let niggas know what's up.
MVRemix: What do you think of Young Buck putting Cashville on the map?
That's my nigga, I grew up with him. Me and him went to high school together, just battling each other.
MVRemix: Overall, what do you want out of this Hip Hop game?
I just want to set an example. I want people to start a legacy behind our names. As far as Hip Hop goes, lets show these motherfuckers man! We are looking at Hip Hop like an outlet. We are using it like a gate way drug to explore all these other adventures.
MVRemix: Anything else you have going on that you want fans to know about?
We just came back from the Spring Bling Tour and hit about 16 states. We are opening up for a lot of people.
MVRemix: Any last words?
This is therapy for life man! If you are looking for some kind of outlet to see how many niggas are thinking like you, because your not the only one going through some shit, than this album is going to push you through all of your struggles.