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A quick five with Cadence Weapon [Interview]

Edmonton, ABCadence 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.

Interview: A quick five with Cadence Weapon -

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

Twitter: @CadenceWeapon


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Kassandra has her hands in several cookie jars. Born in Ontario but raised on the West coast, she is currently located in the wonderfully diverse East side of Vancouver. With a passion for all things creative KassKills is a hair stylist by day and HipHopCanada's West Coast Regional Editor by night. Music and public relations are her true passions and although she didn't inherit the talent of her musician father she makes her mark on the industry through other avenues. By night you can catch KassKills at almost every Vancity hip-hop show, shaking hands and snapping photos while covering and supporting the local music scene. On top of that she works closely with one of the cities most reputable concert promotors, Timbre Concerts. Kass is a hustler by nature and works hard to play a key role Vancity's hip-hop scene. Over the years she has seen, photographed and interviewed many of hip-hop's top artists such as T.I, Raekwon, Sheek Louch, Noreaga, Black Milk, Waka Flocka, Ab-Soul & Dizaster.

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