Named Canada’s “most creative” rapper by the National Post, Cadence Weapon has consistently exhibited a passion to take rap into new and unexpected directions.
Born in Edmonton, Roland “Rollie” Pemberton had an upbringing uniquely suited to becoming a rapper. His father Teddy, a Brooklyn native, was the DJ that introduced hip-hop to Edmonton with his pioneering radio show, The Black Experience in Sound on CJSR 88.5 FM. After spending his childhood immersed in his father’s diverse archive of music, Rollie started rapping at age 13.
His self-produced debut album, Breaking Kayfabe, was released in December 2005 and met with international critical acclaim and was shortlisted for the inaugural Polaris Music Prize. After the release of his 2008 album, Afterparty Babies — which The New York Times described as “dense, tricky productions that pile samples and scratching atop techno and electro beats” — his appointment in 2009 as Poet Laureate of Edmonton, and 2012’s Hope in Dirt City, Cadence is back with a new self-titled album that expands his stylistic range by incorporating elements of trap, funk, electro, techno and grime.