Prairie rapper Cadence Weapon, a.k.a. Roland Pemberton, released his third album Hope in Dirt City on May 29 - with a special appearance by Buck 65. Lucky for you, CBC Music is streaming the entire album all week long.
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Cadence Weapon has been deemed a sonic pioneer, pushing hip-hop and electronic music boundaries. He’s a critically acclaimed rapper who hasn’t gone unnoticed: two of his albums, Breaking Kayfabe and Afterparty Babies, were nominated for the Polaris Music Prize. He also served as Edmonton’s poet laureate for a two-year term. Oh, and he's 26 years old.
Pemberton was born with hip-hop in his DNA. His father was a radio DJ and is credited for introducing hip-hop to Pemberton’s hometown of Edmonton, Alberta through his show The Black Experience in Sound on CJSR-FM. At the age of 13 Pemberton began rapping and concentrating on making music, releasing his first underground mixtape Cadence Weapon is the Black Hand in 2005.
Flash foward seven years and Hope in Dirt City promises to be a “ground breaking achievement in hip-hop” that is composed “of a unique hybrid of psychedelic soul, old-school rap, 'intelligent dance music' and mutant disco that has Cadence Weapon bringing rap back to its essence” according to a press release.
Wait no further to delve into the delicious compositions of samples, full-band arrangements and mad lyricism by Cadence Weapon: Check out the track list
Upcoming 2012 tour dates
June 11, Seattle, Wash., Neumos*
June 12, Portland, Ore., Doug Fir Lounge*
June 14, San Francisco, Calif., The Independent*
June 15, Los Angeles, Calif., The Echoplex*
June 16, San Diego, Calif., Casbah*
June 19, Denver, Colo., Larimer Lounge*
June 21, Chicago, Ill., Lincoln Hall*
June 22, Cleveland, Ohio, Grog Shop*
June 23, Toronto, Ont., Horseshoe Tavern*
June 25, Montreal, Que., La Sala Rossa*
June 26, Allston, Mass., Brighton Music Hall*
June 27, New York, N.Y., Bowery Ballroom*
June 29, Philadelphia, Pa., Johnny Brenda's*
June 30, Washington, D.C., Rock and Roll Hotel*
July 3, Minneapolis, Minn., 7th St. Entry*
* with Japandroids
Cadence Weapon and Skratch Bastid perform “Conditioning” on Strombo
Letter to my teacher by Cadence Weapon
Cadence Weapon comes clean on Grimes
Introducing Cadence Weapon
Cadence Weapon live at SXSW
on May 28, 2012