Cadence Weapon - Afterparty Babies
- Mark Robertson
- 13 March 2008
It’s not entirely fair to say we need another smartass boy shooting his mouth off over gristly beats but here’s another, who, despite initial impressions has dealt us a hand of oddly affecting, raw and human stories.
Cadence Weapon follows in the great tradition of Spank Rock’s dextrous, dextrose-filled take on hip hop, sourcing sounds and beats from across the spectrum of electronic music. The Alberta, Canada native scrawls from a similarly diverse rucksack of magic markers. Evil, thunking house beats, twisted antique drum machines and overheating electronics combine to make something beguiling and almost sweet.
Taking on trend-setting fakers and flaky fashionistas in one verse then switching to reflect on the pains of 20-something lust or, erm, real estate, Cadence Weapon reminds us that there’s pretty much no limit to hip hop’s boundaries given the right amount of imagination.