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Cadence Weapon Afterparty Babies

  • Words: Derek Grey
  • Label: Anti-
  • XLR8R Rating: 7/10

When most indie MCs coming off a sleeper-hit debut would keep true to their form, 21-year-old Edmonton, Alberta rapper Cadence Weapon (a.k.a. Rollie Pemberton) can’t help but fuck with the format. On his second disc, his Anti- debut, Pemberton throws his spitfire verses atop self-made disco and electro-house beats with aplomb. Tracks like “In Search of the Youth Crew” (an easy pick for first single) bob and weave with slick bleeps and hypertext-literate verses delivered in the most proper of over-enunciated Canadian accents. It may be a little jarring for second or two, but once it settles in, you’ll soon to fall victim to his not-so-hidden weapon–that undeniable flow.

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