Review by Steve 'Flash' Juon Artist: D.A. Beaulieu
Title: We Go Hard
Label: Dark Side/DipSet West
Ostensibly a member of the newly minted DipSet West, D.A. Beaulieu claims to be "Tupac's Thug Passion equally mixed with the Dark, Deminted humor of Eminem." The bad spelling and poor use of capitalization are entirely his, but the typos got me thinking - what would a DEMINTED Eminem actually be? Let's say The Marshall Mathers LP represents the closest thing to a MS-70 Eminem, and Infinite represents an Eminem that's a BS-1. For the non-numismatists out there, these terms represent two extremes of a coin's condition, from almost worthless to almost flawless. The deminted Eminem that D.A. Beaulieu claims to be is somewhere between G-4 and F-15, but certainly no higher. There's nothing "Very Fine" or "Almost Uncirculated" about his rap: "Same old me, in the middle of the hood like Olde E/Still keep it low key, duckin the police/Young, still O.G./And I ain't dope baby, I'm OD." The beat can't even get a G rating (pun intended) as it's as basal state as hip-hop gets. The same pattern of four notes repeated at different octaves is suitable for inspiring madness, to the point the song dropping to drumtrack alone at 3:15 is sweet merciful relief. Speaking of relief, grade this DEMINTED coin poorly once you examine it closely, and don't put it in your collection - it has no long term value.
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