Deemed by Dazed and Confused as “hip hop’s saviour”, Cadence Weapon continues to firmly establish his legacy as a sonic pioneer while constantly pushing the rap and electronic music envelope. Following his critically acclaimed, Polaris Music Prize nominated albums Breaking Kayfabe and Afterparty Babies and a two year term as Edmonton’s Poet Laureate, he returns with Hope In Dirt City out now on Upper Class Recordings. Hope In Dirt City is a clearly defined and emotionally mature statement of intent that represents the culmination of these experiences. Composed of a unique hybrid of psychedelic soul, old school rap, IDM and mutant disco; Hope In Dirt City is a groundbreaking achievement in hip hop, and Cadence Weapons’ third Polaris Music Prize nominated album.
Following festival appearances at M for Montreal, SXSW, CMW, Primavera Sound and the release of Hope In Dirt City in May, Cadence Weapon toured the UK & North America with punk darlings “Japandroids” for 29 sold out nights, Cadence Weapon joined New York experimental noisemakers “Liars” for 12 dates in North America stunning fans with his unique brand of intelligent, high-energy rap. “Cadence Weapon put two hours worth of energy into a 45 minute set, and by the end of it, he had arrested everyone’s attention and response to his music – the sign of a true rising emcee” – KEXP Radio He joined us for 5GB series before his show at The Earl.
What’s the first gig you ever attended?
Montell Jordan and Boys II Men at the Coliseum in Edmonton, Alberta. I wish I still had the “This Is How We Do It” hat I bought at the show back then.
What is the best gig that you ever played/performed?
Probably Lollapalooza. Just a huge crowd that responded very well to me. I threw candy into the audience, I crowdsurfed, my DJ climbed the scaffolding of the stage and hung upside down. It was just a really memorable experience.
What is the best gig you have ever seen?
I saw Prince at Metropolis in Montreal last year. It was a total tour de force. He has such an understanding of the flow of a live show, you know? He really took us for a ride. Like when you thought he wasn’t gonna play any classics, he left stage and returned to do a melody of all your favourite songs in a row. I learned a lot about live performance from seeing him play.
What is the gig you would most like to play?
I’ve always wanted to play Rock The Bells. Being on the same stage as my rap heroes, it would just be a total honour to be a part of that festival. Playing for a crowd of stoked fans who love and appreciate rap, it would be really fun.
What would be the lineup for your dream gig?
James Brown, Prince and Michael Jackson. Kinda like this YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHaFj7gOWh4
Catch Cadence Weapon Nov. 4th at The Earl