Cadence Weapon

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Roland "Rollie" Pemberton aka Cadence Weapon had never released an album, but by age 18 had become an infamous hip-hop reviewer at online indie music mecca Pitchfork, also writing reviews for Stylus and Wired magazines. He launched his own mp3 blog, RazorBladeRunner - now retired - and began remixing artists as a producer and posting his home mixes on his blog, to much critical acclaim. Early in 2005 Cadence Weapon decided to compile some of his favourite remixes and freestyles and released his "Cadence Weapon Is The Black Hand" mixtape, sold only online and at shows. Canadian label Upper Class Recordings signed Mr. Pemberton on the spot.

"Breaking Kayfabe"was released in Canada to instant praise and notoriety, culminating in two prized nominations; a Plug Independent Award for Best Rap Album and the Polaris Music Prize (modeled after the Mercury Prize).

Anti/Epitaph Records, signed Cadence Weapon for the USA. In conjunction with Cadence's SXSW 2006 performances, Breaking Kayfabe was released in the USA March 13 through Upper Class/Epitaph. Big Dada re-released "Breaking Kayfabe" for the rest of the world and, in 2008, followed it up with "After Party Babies." He released a new album, "Hope In Dirt City" in 2012.

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  • "@COMMEdesJACONS my number was 29933137"

    Fri Oct 24 19:32:39 2014
  • "RIP @glasslands - had one of my most memorable shows there"

    Tue Oct 21 18:24:38 2014
  • "wow apple switched the itunes icon from blue to red because of the rich gang mixtape. it even says Blose Window and Bontrols now"

    Fri Oct 17 19:35:41 2014
  • "keep syrup in my soda like @JODYHiGHROLLER!"

    Fri Oct 17 01:52:57 2014
  • "that new kindness album is off the chain"

    Fri Oct 10 20:17:37 2014

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