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Cadence Weapon 

Afterparty Babies

Cadence Weapon
Afterparty Babies
(Big Dada)
At first listen Afterparty Babies plays like a vanity release, an insider-memoir that’s relevant only to specific cliques hanging in the cool sections of Edmonton. As the album progresses, though, Cadence Weapon’s intelligent lyrics begin to paint a picture of broader human experience, his observations and anecdotes rising to analogize universal truths.

It’s easy to relate to his treatment of the complexities of small-city aspirations on “We Move Away,” and “Unsuccessful Club Nights” rings true by title alone.

Not only does Weapon display an incredible verbal flow and witty insight, the production on Afterparty Babies is also a force: The grubby beats and scratchy electro sounds create a distinctly underground feel. However, without compromising this sound, the album also supplies catchy party-mix material. The anthemic enunciation and strong synth found on “Getting Dumb” recall the dance-driven days of Salt-N-Pepa. The steady bump of “Messages Matter” almost obscures its entertaining meditation on socializing in the age of texting and emails. Following his award-winning debut and a well-received sophomore release, many pundits are calling Cadence Weapon the new face of Canadian hip-hop. Considering his brilliantly crafted lyrics and universal grooves, Canada couldn’t pick a better ambassador.
Caley Maclennan
categories: Coast pick

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