A quick five with Cadence Weapon [Interview]
Edmonton, AB – Cadence Weapon is no stranger to the rap scene; he’s been holding it down for Edmonton for a minute now. We had a chance to catch up with the Prairies MC to ask a quick five questions and he came up with a couple interesting responses. See what Cadence has to say about his latest release, Hope In Dirt City, his role as Edmonton’s poet laureate and who he’s currently got his eye on, after the jump.
Cadence Weapon: Q&A
Interview conducted by Kass Kills
HipHopCanada: It’s been said that you briefly studied journalism and you have written reviews for some fairly major publications, can you give a brief review on your current sound on Hope in Dirt City?
Cadence Weapon: Hope In Dirt City utilizes live instrumentation and many different genres including dub, funk, jazz fusion and rock with the same ethos that powers the sampling and beat-making of traditional hip-hop to coalesce into a consistent sonic statement.
HipHopCanada: What does it involve to be Edmonton’s poet laureate and how has that experience shaped you as an artist?
Cadence Weapon: My role as Edmonton’s poet laureate required me to perform three poems a year at different city events but I also perceived it as the role of arts ambassador for the city of Edmonton. I read poetry at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010. Being poet laureate made me take my writing more seriously because I knew people would be looking into my work more once I got the designation.
HipHopCanada: Where/when do you come up with your best rhymes?
Cadence Weapon: When I’m social. Most of my lyrics stem from things people say or do so when I’m hanging out with people a lot or meeting new people, I get very inspired. I think of myself as a sociological MC.
HipHopCanada: You’re definitely holding it down for Edmonton hip-hop. Who has caught your attention recently as far as Prairies artists?
Cadence Weapon: I’ve been living in Montreal for the past few years but I’ve been impressed by what I’ve seen out of Mitchmatic in Edmonton and the Lytics in Winnipeg lately. And Birdapres out of Winnipeg is still one of my favourite rappers.
HipHopCanada: Are there any artists you will be or hope to collaborate with and what’s next for you?
Cadence Weapon: There are some progressive rap groups in the States that I’d like to work with like Shabazz Palaces and Death Grips. In Canada, I foresee myself doing some stuff with Shad again. I want to get more beats from Doldrums and I’d love to do some stuff with Lunice and Jacques Greene out in Montreal.
Interview conducted by @KassKills for HipHopCanada
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