CantBuyDeem is making moves on the visual artwork this year. Adding director to his repertoire, fully in control of his output, style and creative expression; and even acting, tho his swagger and character in his videos look so natural, he probably just portrays himself! Still fresh off his POPEYES music video release with TevDesh Productions, it is quickly followed up with a music video for BENNY THE BUTCHER OWES ME $500, with Underdawg Visuals, spitting raw bars over a cypher type hip hop beat. Fully embracing the street life of Chicago, getting drone footage of neighborhoods, kickin it at the crib, hustlin’, dealing with 5-0, including behind the scenes footage of interactions with neighbors; plugging his merch and art to potential fans. Never a dull moment with CantBuyDeem, always on the next move, and already working on another visual project waiting to be dropped. Follow links below!
Christmas is typically full of traditions, and CantBuyDeem has one of his own. As he mentions on social media, it is a tradition to gift his fans every year during the holidays, after reigniting his holiday spirit following unfortunate events. This year CantBuyDeem gifts us all with an order of POPEYES, a two piece combo, a single with a side of music video. With a cool demeanor, and even cooler visuals, CantBuyDeem spits game over the smoothest, Curren$y type, hip hop beat, with real ambient lo-fi sounds that will get you in the clouds before the weed hits you like ah-ha.
There is nothing more that would make you want to be in CantBuyDeems shoes than a beautiful, sexy woman, dancing around your money, while eating popeyes, wearing so much drip. But “You can’t follow in nobody tracks exactly, look n***a keep movin.” CantBuyDeem leaves quite a few insights that entertains uniqueness, he does not “live his life by movie one liners, that sh*t corny,” as he would say. Filmed by TevDesh Productions, the tight angles, slow pace and evening colors, with a hint of lustful seduction, really puts a mystifying feel to the video. Following up on the NUMB EP, CantBuyDeem looks to have found a comfortable position with his sound and presentation.
CantBuyDeem just hit an awesome milestone by crossing ten thousand views in 2 weeks with NUMB, the second single and title track from his NUMB EP. In collaboration with French producer DJ Rabat, Numb is produced entirely by Deem’s French connection. Considering how his second single is sonically and lyrically, this EP will be a bonkers output from the Chicago indie powerhouse known as CantBuyDeem.
The visual is done by another regularly featured artist on here, Father Darko aka Mikal Bae. The visual features CantBuyDeem on a couch and getting into some BDSM with two women, with signature blunt smoking of course. The video has lush whites, purples, and vibrant darks throughout, a very refined color palette for the video. A YouTube commenter described CantBuyDeem’s style as what happens when gangsta rap meets Andre 3000. After watching and hearing Numb, you will know why.
The rhythm and melody CantBuyDeem puts on the record is smooth in its sound, but gritty in its lyrical references, giving the listener a totally unique experience. If you miss the lyrics, you might miss the message of the song entirely. “I done lost Alice, lost Trisha, lost Tammie, lost Granny, keep my ice real cold, and my heart so callous.” These lines stood out because of their direct references to CantBuyDeem’s personal life, and the loss of the women closest to him. The melody is bright, upbeat, positive and uplifting, but Deem is talking about how stoic he feels to things due to the intensity of his life experiences; he has been through a lot, so he is numb to a lot as well.
“Everything better, but something still missing, got a lot of past pain, I can’t undo it.” This line is said shortly after he mentions how he is blessed for being able to make money off his music, especially when traveling out of town. This line goes to show that success in what you do, is not a cure all for the human emotional experience. A really powerful project and message jam packed into only a two point five minute song, music is cosmic in its ability to portray such human emotion in so little time. Kudos to CantBuyDeem for channeling such visceral reality to an audience. We are excited for the entire NUMB EP.
CantBuyDeem and Konsept the Emcee came up with a unique idea for their latest single, BONNIE. The idea that sometimes the only person you can trust in your life is your lady, a Bonnie to your Clyde. Bonnie and Clyde were an infamous heterosexual couple back in the early 30’s. They robbed banks and gas stations, traveling the continental United States, until they were gunned down in Louisiana by Texas and Louisiana officers in 1934.
The song alludes to this ride or die theme through out both verses from the seasoned Chicago rappers, and it does this exceptionally. CantBuyDeem raps, “If I get locked, she take my phone, and keep my money coming in.” The idea that CantBuyDeem’s lady will still help him secure income, even if he is incarcerated, that is a Bonnie and Clyde type love. Konsept the Emcee raps, “You gonna hold me down, I’ma hold you down, you done kept it silent since you’ve been round;” the idea that Konsept’s lady will not snitch on her man no matter what, a staple in a relationship built like Bonnie and Clyde.
Bonnie, the new single by CantBuyDeem featuring Konsept the Emcee is streaming everywhere!
CantBuyDeem dropped a mix tape over old school famous industry instrumentals called NOT 4 SALE Vol. 2. On the 21st of January he released the visual to a classic Mase song called WANT ME. It features Super King Reza on the vocal hook, a hot verse from Ever Evolved’s JaiTheArtist, and visual production from the video alchemist himself, Mikal Bae aka Father Darko.
CantBuyDeem really knocked it out of the park with organizing this collaboration! Super King Reza’s voice on the hook almost sounds feminine, it is so smooth and catchy, had to check the feature credits. JaiTheArtist’s verse compliments CantBuyDeem’s perfectly, they were both hitting all the relevant points of the song theme in their respective 16 bar verses. The attitude of this visual just screams 90’s classic hip hop; extremely nostalgic, but also new and quite fresh! We have the entire collaboration to thank for that, everyone involved in the project executed to a high caliber.
Visually, if this does not remind you of a Hype Williams music video from the Busta Rhymes days, or maybe even a current Hype Williams video from Griselda Records well, we’re not sure what will! Mikal Bae shooting in front of a green screen, editing in certain hilarious set pieces like a car for Super King Reza to stand on while its driving, a futuristic metallic background with a fish eye lens perspective, or just the three artists lounging on a couch. While its floating in front of one of Mikal Bae’s signature vapor wave designs. This visual has all of that and then more!
Lyrically, every line is set to make you laugh, especially since there is so much charisma behind the performances. Lines from CantBuyDeem, “The reason I treat you royal cause you loyal,” and “You know I put the d*** in your life but I wanna do more like licking you right!” Or lines from JaiTheArtist referencing Pretty Ricky and pornographic videos, “Get down with the licky licky, while you rolling sticky, blasting Pretty Ricky, tryna find a porn to do!” Then one of my poignantly favorite lines from the hook, “We can go to space, that ain’t ship to me!” I feel like that line is as old as time, yet It is an original Super King Reza line.
Bravo to all hands involved on this song and music video. It looked like an absolute blast to film. It is something that Chicago should back, put on its back and be proud of. Has Mase or anyone relevant seen this? Well they should.
Chore Boy and Brad Kemp recently dropped the visual to the hit single NOSCE featuring CantBuyDeem, on their LP “STORIES YOU CAN TELL YOURSELF“. This music video, directed by Patric Coakley, is a simple but brilliant visual expression of the three rap verse song, including sound bites from what you can only postulate is Alan Watts since the timber of the voice in the audio is a popular archaic tone. Chore Boy and CantBuyDeem give so much wittiness throughout.
Chore Boy starts off with a fast tight flow and high technical skill “They just like me for the weed, they don’t like me for the rapping!” Later in the same first verse, “I leave my lid open like some stale chips and I skate by like a stale fish, you on stalemate while I nail shit, whats an earthling to an alien!” Chore Boy takes the first and last verse, giving CantBuyDeem the middle. That was only a taste of the wit Chore Boy co. has on this one record.
CantBuyDeem starts off with this line that will make you laugh everytime, “I put in 5 brought back 10, that shit felt like MAGIC!.. Hear a lot of boss talk, but they got no sauce, gotta put the packet in the ramen at the right time!” Followed up by, “Jumped off the porch like a skydive, I be smoking spliffs feeling like I’m in the ozone, standing round a room full of squares trying to phone home, trap phone, cell phone, main phone, same phone no ringtone but that bitch stay buzzin!” Can’tBuyDeem per usual, drops a verse thick and rich in humor, style and banter. His first line is significant because, think about the idea of being an entrepreneur that can flip a product and how it is like literal magic. In CantBuyDeem’s case, he puts that work in as a recording artist and gets more back. Basic simple math having to do with a sonic return on investment.
Chore Boy’s third and final verse has more density packed into it! “Took a D.A.R.E. class, but my dawg double dared me, talk isn’t scary, everyone who’s watching went from awestruck to wary. And they be taping everything like caution so carefully, I’m lost in the sauce but I’m found at the scene!” His little play on drugs and crime is interesting, it seems to be an ode to the 90s public school war on drug culture, as well as metaphors for his mind and acumen when it comes to rapping.
Brad Kemp’s production and engineering is top notch as always and really helps brush out the flavor of the recording artists he works with. We are all for more Chore Boy x CantBuyDeem records! Hip hop such as this record and visual are vital to the life line of the culture. If you can get anyone to bump, dance and think. Well then you have done your part.
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.