Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Talking Points:: Cadence Weapon - Afterparty Babies

Hey, how about this Cadence Weapon fellow? Perhaps you've heard of him, he's been getting a bit of press lately. That's likely due to the recent release of his new album, Afterparty Babies. It's kind of ironic that we didn't recieve a copy of this album to review, considering we reviewed almost every hip hop album that came out of Edmonton last year, but oh well. Cadence has gotten rather large on the indie scene, he certainly doesn't need to chummy up to the likes of us, but I thought I'd offer my two cents anyway.

"The youth crew is back!" Cadence Weapon exclaims on the chorus of the irresistible In Search Of The Youth Crew. I'll tell you what else is back, rap house! I'm not sure where I was when this happened, but it seems to have been creeping into the Canadian hip hop scene, at least over the last little while. The Art of Fresh's Get Free and Arabesque's Nature's Phone are a couple songs that I noticed recently that were on the rap house tip (perhaps because they were both produced by one Slakah the Beatchild), but Cadence brings it in full force. I mean, I'm as big a fan of Tycie & Woody's classic The Rhythm's Gonna Get You as the next man, but does rap house work in 2008?

Well yeah, it kind of does. Or at least Cadence Weapon's version of it does. But that likely says more about Cadence's talent and personality then it does about rap house's appeal. Rollie Pemberton appears to be a young man who knows who he is, and he's comfortable with it. Afterparty Babies finds Cadence embracing and recording this moment in his life in all it's hipster glory. It feels authentic to me, and I think his use of heavily electro-influenced tracks is a natural result of the exposure he's had to dance music through DJing and partying down with his crew.

That being said, you can rap over Strike It Up if you want, but if you are skill-less, it isn't going to matter. This isn't a problem for Cadence. He has a decent flow, and his clever rhymes are full of confessions, stories, and pop culture references galore. Not every song on the album works (ahem, Real Estate), but on a whole it's an engaging listen. My favorite song is probably Messages Matter, which is one of the more straight-ahead hip hop tracks and reminds me of a Hiero song from Full Circle (Classic perhaps). I don't mind the rap house jams per se, but it went out of fashion so quickly back in the day that I guess I still have some kind of illogical bias against it.

Anyway, if you haven't heard Afterparty Babies yet, it's certainly worth your time. It satisfies if you just want to akwardly shake your ass in a scenester-like fashion, but it also rewards those who take time to listen closely.

Posted at 8:57 AM by naedoo :: 6 comments

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At 9:54 AM, Anonymous Paul did sayeth:

Bah. I've been putting off posting about this album for a while, as I wasn't sure what to make of it. I was going to finish writing about it today! Ha. Of course, you guys definitely have a better handle on the hip hop stuff. Nicely done. Suffice to say that even though I can't make up my mind, I still can't stop listening to Afterparty Babies.


At 10:02 AM, Blogger naedoo did sayeth:

Yeah, this is one of those albums I often don't review because everyone and their tight jeansed brother already has. But I still had some thoughts, so I invented a new section I've entitled "Talking Points", which features me, uhhh, talking about an album. Genius, I know.


At 10:28 AM, Anonymous matthew did sayeth: least I know I'm not the only person who didn't get a promo copy!


At 4:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous did sayeth:

Dude... it's called hip-house. Not rap-house.


At 5:31 PM, Blogger naedoo did sayeth:

Not according to Mr. Lee it isn't. And believe me, I'm taking Mr. Lee's word for it over Captain Anonymous comment poster.


At 10:33 PM, Blogger Allan did sayeth:

Thanks for the recommendation. Just decided to check it out, I'm a bit late!

P.S. nice design, love it.


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