The always-grinding Writer, Producer and Performer Roland Pemberton aka Cadence Weapon is back once again, and he continues to firmly establish his legacy as a pioneer in a passionate crusade to push the rap and electronic music envelope.
TRON Legacy: The Mixtape is a brand new 18-track collection of Cadence Weapon rapping over some his favourite beats of late.
Pemberton recently described TRON Legacy: The Mixtape in an exclusive interview with Exclaim.ca "I wanted to do something similar to The Drought series by Lil’ Wayne, just rapping over beats that I really like…It's a back to basics kind of thing. I'm rapping over Gucci Mane beats and I rapped over an Arcade Fire song…My idea was to do a parody of your typical rap mixtape…I've been noticing with a lot of mixtapes is that rappers are talking about movies they had nothing to do with. T.I. has this mixtape where he's Photoshopped himself into the cover of Inception and there are all these skits, but really he had nothing to do with the movie."
True to form, the first track opens the mixtape with Cadence talking about his involvement with the movie, all the work that went into the soundtrack, hanging out with Daft Punk and working with Jeff Bridges. The 18 tracks, brought together in a 40-minute collection includes Cadence Weapon dropping rhymes over beats by Gucci Mane, The Arcade Fire, Big Boi, Sleigh Bells, Daft Punk, Jay-Z, Raekwon, E-40 and features guest vocals by Buck 65, Shad, Subtitle, Birdapres, Kazmega, among others.
Cadence Weapon TRON LEGACY: The Mixtape
02 Holla I'm Good
03 F*** That Hipster S***
04 Always Strapped (ft. Buck 65)
05 I Eat My Rider
06 Cadence Weapon Speaks
07 The Suburbs
08 The Weedman (ft. Giovanni Marks)
09 On With A +1 (ft. Derek_from_Northcliffe)
10 G20 Swag
11 A Note On The ECCA
12 Two Pistols (ft.Birdapres)
14 Lemonade (ft. The Joe, Mitchmatic and Mikey Maybe)
16 10 Bricks (ft. Kazmega)
17 Baby I’m Yours (ft. Shad)
18 Flower Girl
Last month, The faces of Canadian hip hop: D-Sisive, Muneshine,
Famous, Shad, Saukrates, Maestro Fresh Wes, Buck 65 and Cadence Weapon gathered
at Wrongbar in Toronto to exchange ideas and discuss the current state of hip
hop in Canada. Each MC ended up throwing down a rhyme. Read more here.
The Upper Class family sends our love, respect and congratulations to Roland Pemberton aka Cadence Weapon and the Pemberton family!
Teddy Pemberton, Rollie's dad, was a pioneering college radio DJ in Edmonton, and is being honoured this week at the Stylus Awards. He went by T.E.D.D.Y. and is credited with not only helping launch CJSR-FM back in 1980, birthing one of Canada's finest college radio stations, but is known as the man who brought hip hop, jazz, funk, rhythm and blues and reggae to Alberta through his show The Black Experience In Sound.
Tonight, May 31, Canada's National DJ Awards, the Stylus Awards, will be inducting T.E.D.D.Y. into the Hall Of Fame as part of their 2010 Awards Show. Roland Pemberton along with members of his family will be in attendance at the Awards in Toronto, and Cadence will accept the award on behalf of his T.E.D.D.Y.
Do you like The Hidden Cameras? One of their esteemed members, Toronto's own Gentleman Reg had Cadence Weapon remix a track from Reg's latest solo album Jet Black. You've never before heard Reg over thick thumping disco beats... AND the Cadence remix features the bass licks of DVAS bass-man Dan Carlyle! Hear it over at the Gentleman Reg myspace. Hot
DVAS – WEDNESDAY MARCH 10 @ THE ROOSEVELT ROOM 10:00pm
EYE Weekly Canadian Music Fest Opening Night Party
w/Parallels, Styrofoam Ones and CFCF Buy a Ticket
newest UC addition, will put forth a set of jams from their impending
album Society at The Roosevelt Room. If you don’t know by now that you
have to experience these guys live, then take this as an advisory to
come on out and get your sweat on the dance floor!!
CADENCE WEAPON – THURSDAY MARCH 11 @ 12:00am
EYE Weekly CMF Showcase Party
w/Fields of Fur, Diamond Rings, Empire, First Rate People Buy a Ticket
Weapon is hard at work on a monster new record, and for one single
night only, this special performance courtesy of EYE and CMF, Cadence
Weapon jumps on stage with his ridiculous studio band loaded with
special guests, to give you a sneak preview of the Cadence Weapon
experience for 2010. Don’t miss this. It’s going to be huge.
THE RUSSIAN FUTURISTS – FRIDAY MARCH 12 @ 10:00pm
w/Plants & Animals, Think About Life, The Acorn, Winter Gloves
Tickets Sold Out Online!
Futurists have emerged from studio seclusion in a flash of live
awesomeness. The completely expanded and incredible live band will
perform at a select few dates to unveil tracks from Matthew Adam Hart
aka The Russian Futurists long-awaited new album The Weight’s On The
Wheels. The Weight’s On The Wheels is Hart’s most ambitious creation to
date and is sure to be a summer monster.
Two weeks ago the band played the Wavelength 500 Festival in Toronto,
previewing 5 brand new cuts from The Weight’s On The Wheels, to fanatic
reviews! Now, The Futurists join Plants & Animals, The Acorn and
Think About Life at the Billions/Chromewaves Party for Canadian Music
Don’t miss The Russian Futurists at Lee’s Palace. The new band will
blow you away and you will cry tears of punch-drunk love for the new
The Russian Futurists are set to release long awaited album, The Weight's On The Wheels, this summer. The Weight’s On The Wheels is arguably The Russian Futurists most accomplished creation to date. The Russian Futurists return to the stage to make their first live appearance after a year in the studio in celebration of Wavelength 500!
Wavelength is a weekly live music series based in Toronto. It was founded in late 1999 by a loose collective of frustrated yet hopeful independent musicians trying to breathe some life into some of the darker corners of Toronto's perpetually overlooked indie music scene. Documenting local cultural history was their aim — as such, every Wavelength series show since the start has been numbered.
Wavelength has helped launch the career trajectories of now-internationally renowned Torontonian and Canadian artists like The Russian Futurists, Holy Fuck, Cadence Weapon, The Cansecos, Broken Social Scene, The Constantines, Final Fantasy, The Hidden Cameras, Great Lake Swimmers, Tokyo Police Club, Peaches, Caribou, Junior Boys, Crystal Castles, Fucked Up and many others.
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Our boy Cadence Weapon has done it again! Just when we thought the week couldn’t get any better for Cadence Weapon, after being interviewed on CBC Radio’s The Current by the one and only Shania Twain, Canada’s newest national broadcast music television station AUX.TV named Cadence Weapon & Shout Out Out Out Out’s music video for “Coming Home” the #1 Music Video of 2009!
For those of you who haven’t seen "Coming Home", it’s one of the hottest music videos we’ve seen in along time, literally! These guys are on fire! Literally!
Congrats to Cadence Weapon and Shout Out Out Out Out; and a huge thank you to everyone at AUX.TV who enjoy this music video as much as we do!
Click here to listen to Shania Twain interviewing Cadence Weapon.
Canada Reads 2010, the annual battle of the books involves celebrity guests defending their choice of novel. They debate their choices every day for a week on CBC Radio One before choosing a single book they believe Canadians would enjoy reading. Books are gradually voted off until a winner is declared.
Cadence selected "Generation X" because he feels it is representative of him, his friends and the transient nature of youth, “I knew people who’d done some of those things and felt the buzzwords were still relevant. The book is just very real.” Says Pemberton “It’s the one I instantly thought of if I could represent a book, and a book I felt was thematically similar to things I’ve written and believe”
Although they’d never met before, Cadence Weapon and Vancouver Author Douglas Coupland developed instant rapport, often turning questions asked by media into one-on-one conversations. Brian Coulton - Metro Canada
You can catch the Canada Reads 2010 debates March 8 to 12th on CBC Radio One, moderated by Radio 1 Host of Q - Jian Ghomeshi.