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Greg Beamish – Disposable Income [Review]

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Vancouver, BC- Local emcee Greg Beamish recently released Disposable Income with recording, mixing and production done entirely by Stroker Deluca and even a feature from JUNO Award winning singer, Elaine “Lil’Bit” Shepherd. Plain and simple – Disposable Income is a party album.

[Editor's note: Album stream and purchase link available after the jump.]

Greg Beamish - Disposable Income [Review] - HipHopCanada.com

This album is a perfect example of what money can buy. With the mastering done by The Stunt Man one would hope the album would be incredible, but it falls far from. Poorly written lyrics about getting stoned and banging chicks does not make for particularly unique content. The beats are basic and the lyrics are all the same. Disposable Income doesn’t seem to have a general direction or feel to it. From the heavy guitar riffs in “Chad Kroeger Money,” to the Caribbean drums in “Cuba Cabana,” this album is just all over the map. Not to mention title track “Disposable Income” which serves as a jazzy musical interlude to an otherwise disposable album.

Beamish struggles in Disposable Income to truly find a direction and it ends up resulting wit some poor, repetitive and sometimes odd lyrics. Bizarre out of the blue lines like “she the type of chick that let you shit on her chest,” to “Terry Fox ran the marathon of hope, marijuana smoke got me on the marathon of dope” from “Terry Fox” make it hard to tell what kind of message he is trying to send. When you compare yourself to one of Canada’s biggest icons you need to deliver something that stands out.

“Cuba Cabana,” was definitely the right choice for closing last track. The beat is an uplifting change, the lyrics are stronger and J. Dohe, Lord Diamonds, and Stroker Deluca really help to end the album on a high note. The 6-minute song does drag on, but it is definitely the highlight of the album.

Overall, Disposable Income lacks creativity and a true sense of direction. Rappers now a-days have to step up their game in order to compete and need to get more creative than rapping about their typical weekend. As the wise Frank Zappa once said, “Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.”

Written by Brett McNamee for HipHopCanada

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  1. James Glass

    This was my favourite album Brett!!!! What an awesome review dude!!! See you soon buddy!

    Your best friend, James Glass xoxo

  2. John Cardinal

    Hey Brett, this album rocks.

  3. Don Quelle

    Don’t talk about Greg like that he’s an angel!

  4. Johnny D

    Accurate review imo Brett, well written. If you artists want people to stroke your egos, put out music that warrants it.

  5. Loc Star

    you say the beats are basic.

    then 2 sentences later you contradict yourself by saying they’re all over the map with heavy guitar riffs and caribbean drums.

    which is it?

    terrible review.

  6. Adverse

    All in all, pretty terrible review of an album I’m still enjoying months after its release. There are just so many points here that I take issue with. The Zappa quote, for example…if this isn’t a deviation from the norm, I don’t know what is. Show me anything resembling what Greg does from the current “norm”. If anything, I would be critical that its almost too much in its own niche to appeal to those who are fans of the average rap release. Greg is most definitely in his own lane, and that’s one of best things, to me anyhow, about his music. As far as the lyrical content, it seems you have really missed the point of Beamish’s whole game plan, which was to offer something light hearted, fun, and an all around good time for his listener. An example of what money can buy? Try countless hours of polish creating a sound that rivals the sonic quality of anything out there (kudos to Stroker), years of experience honing vocal delivery and sharp witted lyrics (direct and blunt as they may be at times, I still laugh and get a kick out of his many solid punchlines). The beats are FAR from basic (maybe u didn’t listen to Chad kroeger money or Cuba Cabanna all the way through???), Stroker employs interesting and dynamic changes in both those BANGERS. I realize what you have offered is your personal opinion of the release, as is your job as a review writer, but I think you would have done well to put aside your own expectations of what rap SHOULD sound like and instead loosened up and had a little fun as Greg and Stroker intended you to. Hopefully your readers make it past your disposable review, and get a chance to enjoy the hard work on display here as much as I did. Word.

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