Written by: Alec Baumrind (@alecbaumrind)
Interview by: Kemdah Stroud (@chiefsaveahoe)
Image credit: Rachel Purry (@rachelpurry)
Our Editor in Chief, Kemdah Stroud recently sat down with local Chicago artist Can't Buy Deem to discuss his creative process, the Chicago music scene and some upcoming work slated to drop in the near future.
KS: We are here today with Can't Buy Deem today to talk about him, his creative process, his stance as a rapper in the Chicago scene and some upcoming projects he has; One specifically coming up this week.
CBD: What's happening, my homies call me Deem, but it's actually Can't Buy Deem because there's two other people who are just named Deem. So Can't Buy Deem is my own thing i guess you could say.
KS: So why Can't Buy Deem?
CBD: Well the brand is Money Can't buy you everything. Thats not just about what money can and cant do. I like nice stuff too. Its just a reminder to myself and others that obtaining money is not the end all be all.
KS: What is your favorite thing that you've done as Can't Buy Deem?
CBD: My favorite thing I've done has been the album I'm about to put out, but in the world at this moment would be Weed in the Backpack.
KS: Talk a little more about what you have coming up and why you favor that more than anything you've done before.
CBD: There's kind of a little something for every vibe but its still extremely personal. This project is about embracing myself for me and letting everyone else know (that it's me). The very last song i put out is called "Fake" cause were talking about the all the industry stuff because all the shit is fake. This (next album) is like soul food.
KS: With your album coming and being a person in the industry in Chicago, I know it gets hard. Was there ever a point where you wanted to or almost gave up?
CBD: I dont have a quitter mentality. I would never say i gave up but when I found out I was having a kid I had to do a lot to make sure I was going to be okay for her. When I found out i was in college and I was homeless. I kind of stopped focusing on my career, though i never stopped, I just fell back on everything. Leading up to her birth I was hustling hard, in school and everything. When she was actually born life got a little bit different but I never had a quit.
KS: What has been the motivation to keep you going?
CBD: Providing for my baby. I just want to make sure im around to provide the same lessons for her from when i was growing up.
KS: How does it feel to be a creative and a parent?
CBD: In a sense, it makes it easy. Everything that happens when I'm a creative happens on my own time or at night. Not to mention i do other jobs but as a creative everything happens when my baby's asleep which means anytime of day that she actually needs me, I can be there. Being a creative enables me to be available.
KS: What can we expect from Can't Buy Deem next?
CBD: I got a single, "Sto", coming up with DJ Skoli on Saturday. I know eveeryones probably saying "Why drop on a Saturday?" but its about me and my family and who got me here. Im excited for this one, Skoli snapped on the beat. Skoli sent me a couple and I really rocked with that one. Maybe about 25-20 minutes later while about 8 people were in my crib i had the song written and I was like "Yo! Let me get the mic!"
KS: We we will check out "Sto" this Saturday on Prime Fortune with Can't Buy Deem but before we go, what is your favorite quote?
CBD: Nothing's that worth it is easy and I dont want nothing that's for everybody.
Listen to the interview in its entirety below via SoundCloud and make sure to look out for Can't Buy Deem's next single "Sto", premiering on Prime Fortune this Saturday!