Greg Beamish – Disposable Income [Review]
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.]
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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