Cadence Weapon – Afterparty Babies [Review]
Edmonton, AB – Hype has built quickly for Cadence Weapon, who is fast becoming the face of Edmonton hip-hop. His highly anticipated sophomore album Afterparty Babies is a more consistent effort than his Breaking Kayfabe debut.
The self-produced electro-crunk and 8-bit beats are mostly catchy and should fill up the dance floors of progressive clubs willing to play something a little more abstract.
He also presents some interesting ideas with his music. For example, opening track “Do I Miss My Friends?” is primarily composed of voices with nothing but a sung “mmmbop” backing the spoken word raps until one minute in when a sparse drumbeat and more vocal accompaniment add to the energy of the track. However, there are instances where the music becomes too layered, noisy and chaotic to properly incorporate Cadence Weapon’s vocals, as on “Messages Matter,” “Unsuccessful Club Nights” and at the end of “Limited Edition OJ Slammer.”
His writing style also calls for moments where too many syllables have to be rushed through a bar, thus sending him off beat. But, for the rest of the time, Cadence Weapon’s word-associating rap style, which is punctuated by moments of lucidity, works with the fun, futuristic music to create an enjoyable album. Plus, DJ Weez-l’s cuts also add to the energy level and party vibe. And if nothing else, it’s good to see Cadence Weapon attempt to single-handedly bring back hip-house with his track “House Music.”
Written by Thomas Quinlan for HipHopCanada.
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