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Meet Glenn Beamon of Deem (@cantbuydeem) on the South Side

Today we’d like to introduce you to Glenn Beamon.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Growing up in Englewood, I was always a fan of music. It was always played in my house, or the car, or my friends’ houses, where ever I was. I wasn’t really a rap fan because that’s not what the adults around me were listening too. My cousins listened to rap but they were all much older than me. I started to like rap, followed shortly by me writing my own after I hear a cash money song. I just like the way the sounded. It was like hood pop music. I wrote for a year before I showed anything to anyone. I was always an artist though, crafts, drawings, dressing weird lol.

Around the senior year of high school, I gave it my first shot, embarrassed of project title lol, it was ok. I put out another project with 13 or so songs on it a year and a half later. Was on and off with making music and living life for a few years. The birth of my daughter was the “swift kick in the butt” I needed to push forward. Art is the only thing I’ve ever felt good enough to make a living and I know I have to provide for Azalea. So, I make my music, and record others, make almost all my own cover art and offer that as a service as well. I design all my merchandise and make it by hand as well sometimes with a collaborator. I also sell custom mounted prints of my digital art. And every Tuesday night we interview fellow artist on our YouTube TV Show 106 & Clark. I do all these things for money, yes, but also in the hopes to leave something more behind for my daughter, if it not an actual business or lump sum, then just this philosophy: Money can’t buy you everything. It is, however, a necessary tool. But all the real important things are intangible and without a price tag. Like love, real friends, simple being born “healthy.”

That’s what the music is all about as well. Including all the wild stories, people and events that come with the lifestyle. Other than Azalea Beamon. The content I’m creating, as Deem or @cantbuydeem, is the most important thing in the world to me. All my lyrics are real, something I personally feel or have at least witnessed first-hand. Brutal honesty with a bounce, a friend referred to me a high energy conscious rap. I, of course, don’t like that term, far from a revolutionary, not quite a nerd or street kid. The way you live your life is an art form in itself.

I want that to be another key component in my message to my baby girl, to my handful of true fans, to the world if I get the chance.

Has it been a smooth road?
It’s been a very bumpy road but not all bad. I was homeless for about a year around 21-22yrs old. I would go to my college classes with my huge bag of clothes.

I lost my mother in January of 2016 and fell behind on everything in every way for a long time. Too long. That “break from the world” is still costing me today.

But in the spirit of my mom, the hardest working person I’ve ever known. I’ve been rejuvenated and am working harder than ever.

TEll us amore about Deem- The Rapper.  What do you focus on with your work, what’s your message, what was your proudest moment, etc.
Spread the message- Money can’t buy you everything // Life is an art form through songs, merchandise, artwork, and events.

We specialize in lyrical hip-hop and performances of all ranges of style and subject matter.

My proudest moment was performing for 700+ people.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love diversity, so many different cultures within an arm’s reach.

I absolutely hate the winter.


  • $30hr recording
  • Cover art & Flyers $30+
  • 1hr live performance $100+

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Image Credit:
JackDombro2 fts (left to right) DreSkeezus, Dexton, Azalea Beamon, Dj Earnmoney, Roy French, HeffyRaps, Seydina

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