February 7, 2008
Cadence Weapon set to release sophomore album Afterparty Babies March 4th 2008 on Upper Class Recordings/EMI in Canada, Anti-/Epitaph in the USA and Big Dada/PIAS in the UK & Europe.
Roland Pemberton (aka Rollie) says he “wanted to make music that afterparty babies are created to” and the Afterparty Babies experience takes shape from this premise. Afterparty Babies is an explosion of ideas, feelings and musical genius fuelled by Mr. Weapon’s experiences over the last few years as a writer, producer, touring artist and club DJ.
In the course from his debut album Breaking Kayfabe to his sophomore record, 21-year-old Roland Pemberton has come of age. While most youths were struggling to focus on a sneaker brand for more than a week; the young (and underage) Pemberton would slip into clubs to play shows with the likes of Spank Rock, Lady Sovereign, Jurassic 5, The Go! Team, New Pornographers, Final Fantasy, Roots Manuva, Diplo, and De La Soul. He rocked guest performances with The Klaxons, Hot Chip and Islands; he remixed Lady Sovereign, Kid Sister, Disco D, Busdriver, Rick Ross/Simian Mobile Disco; he’s been featured on tracks with Buck 65 and Anti MC. He inked deals with legendary labels, Epitaph USA and Big Dada for the UK and Europe; all before he was barely legal.
Pemberton’s explosive debut, Breaking Kayfabe was an impossibly accomplished hip-hop album stacked with clever writing and impressive rhymes, paired with the electro-tones of UK grime and West Coast hip-hop. The album yielded instant praise and notoriety, culminating in nominations from the Polaris Music Prize, the Muchmusic Video Awards and the Plug Independent Music Awards, and won Canadian Indie Music Award and CBC Radio 3 Bucky Awards. Cadence Weapon and Breaking Kayfabe garnered fans from Pitchforkmedia.com, Urb Magazine, XLR8R, CMJ, Q Magazine, Uncut, Drowned In Sound to name only a few.
Pemberton is back and he is firmly establishing his legacy as a pioneer in a passionate crusade to push the rap and electronic music envelope. His new offering, a 14 track, 58 minute dance rap party epic is dedicated to ‘all the accidents out there’ as a testimony to Rollie Pemberton’s first influence, his father, Teddy Pemberton. A native of Brooklyn, NY, Mr. Pemberton created The Black Sound Experience radio show on the University of Alberta's CSJR station in 1980, and is credited for introducing hip-hop to Rollie’s hometown of Edmonton, the capital city of Alberta.
Following in his father's ground-breaking footsteps, Rollie discovered that he wanted to rap at the tender age of 13. His mother had other plans; she wanted him to pursue a career in journalism, so he attended journalism school in Virginia. Finding the insular environment stifling, the burgeoning rapper quickly decided to ditch the books in pursuit of his goal, and still, by 18, Rollie had established a name for himself as a tough music critic, writing for the Brooklyn-based Stylus webzine and the influential Pitchfork Media.
Afterparty Babies explores friends and feelings, crews and club nights, hometowns and heroes, media and fashion. The recognized wordsmith continues to push the theme, surrounded by socially conscious commentary, and personal subject matter while dropping it over punishing electronic dance jams.
This remarkable achievement will be available March 4, 2008 in Canada on Upper Class Recordings/EMI, and in the U.S.A. on Upper Class Recordings/Anti-/Epitaph and on March 3rd in the UK & Europe on Upper Class Recordings/Big Dada.
The first single “House Music” is available exclusively at iTunes this Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Cadence Weapon hits the road hard in February, and continues throughout May, to bring the live “Afterparty Babies” experience to the world. The tour starts with a play in support of Vancouver’s coming 2010 Olympics, a flash through Europe, then carries on to a full USA tour with fellow Canadians Born Ruffians. An extensive Canadian Tour will be announced at the end of February.
AFTERPARTY BABIES Track Listing
1. Do I Miss My Friends?
2. In Search of the Youth Crew
3. True Story
4. Limited Edition OJ Slammer
5. Juliann Wilding
6. Real Estate
7. Messages Matter
8. Your Hair's Not Clothes!9. Tattoos (And What They Really Feel Like)
10. The New Face Of Fashion
11. Getting Dumb
12. House Music
13. Unsuccessful Club Nights
14. We Move Away