It’s tough to pinpoint exactly what defines Cadence Weapon’s music. He’s obviously a natural artist rising from the grievances of urban life, like a rose grown from concrete demanding attention. Rollie Pemberton has finished his two-year term as Edmonton’s laureate and in May released a uniquely acclaimed junior album.
Hope in Dirt City sifts through a good deal of genres—contemporary blues, psychedelic soul, a tinge of East Coast rap—to ultimately put a fresh spin on the Canadian hip-hop scene that’s authentic as much as it is explosive.
The production quality of Hope in Dirt City is its most fascinating feature: a complex concoction of genre blends, live instrumentation complemented with old-school funk and jazz modulations. In other words, the beats do not disappoint. Deftly equipped with a clever bohemian flow and a sonic versatility all his own, Cadence Weapon does nothing if he does not impress.
A poet is in our midst. On Nov. 1, Cadence Weapon will be rapping, singing, sing-talking, sing-shouting, all of the above, at Beerland as part of his North American headlining tour. The show is also an official Fun Fun Fun Fest aftershow, part of the FFF Nites series.