CantBuyDeem wrapped up two years of throwing showcases for the hip hop community at Cole’s Bar in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood just last Saturday. He booked Ever Evolved contemporary J-Bose who began the night with a live 3 song set from his debut LP SNOWFLAKE(streaming everywhere, highly recommend). After J-Bose we got a few joints from CantBuyDeem, one from his LP CHILI that he dropped in May of this year, OPTIONS and a newer track called “PAYMETHO“.
CantBuyDeem booked a high energy trio straight out of Elgin, Illinois called Watch City. They brought an amazing live performance and it is recommend to check out their music and social medias. One of their emcees Angrous does a weekly song release and performance via his Facebook and Instagram. CantBuyDeem’s two year anniversary show saw Dre Skeezus on the 1’s and 2’s. Skeezus is also producing a mix tape for CantBuyDeem coming soon. The songstress Laje and a performance from Cado San and more!
Congratulations to CantBuyDeem for continuing to show out and support the Chicago hip hop scene with his generous curation. We look forward to more endeavors out of the MoneyCantBuyU camp!
Who could perfectly encapsulate what its like to grow up in the South Side of Chicago, ie Englewood, in the most poignant and palatable manner such as Deem Beamon aka CantBuyDeem? First of all, its lovely how this record paints pictures of poverty in a braggadocios and playful manner, not glorification and idolization but instead, a peer into the life of a young ambitious black man weathering the storm of racial politics growing up in Chicago.
Rather than break down the album song for song lets dive into the philosophy of how impactful CantBuyDeem’s story telling can be. He utilizes lines in his first song Alone like “Home alone, all the time momma got it on her own, only thing she couldn’t afford so I started moving shit, corner boy, corner stone of the city that got him enslaving a n***a, but I still do this shit!… and the grind was all I gained from the gangsters”. As well as “they had a n***a try to set me up for a couple petty hundreds…knowledge is pain, I’m a sponge I just soak up the game, so just in case it gone rain, we say be safe instead of see ya later”. A common phrase from Chicago folk implying that the city is inherently dangerous and random in its criminal activity, to take precaution when traversing the concrete jungle.
To continue on this same train of thought, here is more lines referencing the trials and tribulations of coming up in the disenfranchised neighborhoods in Chicago. In STO he quips “grandma used to send me to the store for her cigarettes, with a written note and they would go and really give me it.” In the song he references having to hide his new Jordans or else he would get in heap of trouble. In Saudi he notes “I used to sell weed to the deacon used to smoke bowls with the teacher“. Then he adds lines like “head leaning on the big booty like a beanbag say she cooking up the ramen I want 3 pack.” The way CantBuyDeem mixes punchlines with a storytelling narrative is honestly remarkable. It makes you vibe while thinking of the human experience. Its something un-quantifiable and quite reminiscent of Kendrick Lamar.
CantBuyDeem likes to pay homage to Chicago slang with track names such as Sto, Allcaps, Saudi, OT, IFU, etc. Another addition in painting the picture of Deem’s colorful upbringing. The title track of the album sits at the core of that picture. In Chili every line Deem spits is directly a reference to a Chicago homie or family member of his. If you really know CantBuyDeem then you might understand some of these phrases and similes he uses to compare those that surround him.
In Character, Deem philosophizes the idea of being steadfast to one’s beliefs as opposed to bending to another’s will. The idea of your character being in question if you were to act like, for lack of a better word, a bitch. In that song he still has an overall narrative he is keeping to except he is describing more general instances with goofy types – Or someone in Chicago that acts afraid and nervous all the time which infers that there must be a good reason why. Acting goofy or scary is a Huge indicator of how to progress forward with an individual. This type of archetype and circumstance has been normalized in Chicago.
CantBuyDeem employs a number of peers including Windy Indie, a violinist who has been making waves with her violin remixes of popular hip hop anthems. Chai Tulani, a Kenyan recording artist with a strong African fan base, unique style and rhythm. Illy Muse, Winnie Page, Sleepy Brotha, and SharmonJarmon, to name a few more! This record is as authentic as it gets to perceiving the harsh realities of Chicago living yet still sitting proud and shining through it all. CantBuyDeem makes his art and his craft come off effortlessly and with ease. Deem, Chicago’s playboy, intellectual and savant extraordinaire, following his single Tony Stark has released another record of potent homegrown intimacy and shocking memories. CantBuyDeem’s “Chili” is available everywhere.
It was bound to happen, Deem has too much drip to not relate his stylistic cool to that of Tony Stark; but no iron suit, just straight sauce. Think Robert Downey Jr. right after rehab on the red carpet, triple beam dreaming. Deem always comes with creative and colorfully lush visuals helping to craft his narrative and for this project he collaborated with fellow Drip Gang member Seydina Diop, who’s visual graphics are impeccable. What I love about this video to Tony Stark is how much Deem looks like he is in an archaic style comic book from the original Stan Lee’s Iron Man.
In the adage of age old comics, pursuing a rap career is quite heroic and everyone loves to be a doubter along the way. Rocking his signature $CantBuyU gear Deem lets you know it is mind over money and spirit over matter. My favorite line of the song, “Tony Stark no armor dog just really hard, couple screws loose how I put this shit together promise it will fall apart.”. Lots of meaning to pull from this line; I think of not needing armor since its only a physical protection and how things fall apart in your mind when breaking certain things down. Think of how humans are heroic without the super powers, ridiculous wealth, or genius science skills.
Since his Third Eye openedDeem has been staying busy with a few projects. Having followed up with a music video for I’m Lownt from the Third Eye EP, he has topped that with another new beat and music video. Aside from working on new music Deem has also been working hard on 106&Clark with Roy French. Together they have been doing a great job spotlighting talented local artists making waves in Chicago. Well into their 2nd season they have interviewed artists like Rich Jones, DJ Skoli, Mani Jurdan, Gxxdstress, Ace Da Vinci and even us here at Ever Evolved.
If you seen Deem live you would know he is quite the interesting dude, not a dull figure at all! Thirsty would be familiar with those loyal fans who have seen the live performance which is equally as entertaining as the recently released video one would say. Music produced by Skeezus the video shot and edited by Gian Frias also featuring artist manager and model at Ever Evolved Ashley George. These cats can probably pull off acting on the big screen, but for now this is what you got and more if you follow the man and catch him live!
The pineal gland in the center of our minds is thought by many as our third eye. Where all our thoughts questions and answers begin and end. Deem decided to share with us his Lil 3rd Eye project and express as he does best. Following the music his youtube series project 106&Clark aired its first episode, highlighting Chicago artists, new music and kickin it with some ideas.
Doing his part helping Chicago artists grow and get known Deem turns music artist to show host of 106&Clark. Its first episode brought out Chicago’s African Prince Chai Tulaniand another rising artist Young Jasper. The artists talked about their music, let their mind speak and topped it off with performance by Jasper. These episodes will be filmed weekly every Tuesday in front of a studio audience so you can join the action.
Deems Lil’ 3rd Eye is like a talk show if you listen you can decipher the topics From dissing time wasters, to dissing fuck-boys and rapists, xannax abuse and you, your ego the third eye can see through it all. Following his Better EP and the music videos accompanied, he also collaborated with Meredith on the Track and E. Oks on a couple tracks with more work coming soon too. You can catch Deem performing over these dope beats too, performing at Coles Bar on the 12th of January. Or follow his social for future dates.
With an already vast playlist Deem adds a new EP to the discography. Produced completely by Mulatto Beats, Better is a quick 3 track experimental hip hop set. From the South Side of Chicago Deem demonstrates creative diversity, not only working with different genres but also blending subject matter. Creating music that stands alone and stands out.
Originally it was a project called Girl Crazy, along the theme of heartbreak and growth. After some advice and and unfortunate loss Deem tells Myriad Magazine how Better came to be. In a creative burst, he fits as much words he can think of on the three tracks and calls it Better. Confidently telling Myriad he knows this is content most artists are not capable of pulling off. Can you fully disagree after indulging in that predictable mainstream content?
Not stopping for a minute though Deem already has multiple projects in line for the future. Stay tuned for another video this Halloween and an EP in the works called Lil Third Eye to follow. Planning ahead to 2018 you will see an 2 track project and an album to hit all your senses. Exciting to see what kind of creations he comes up with in his music next.