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Brush Up On Your Cadence

Get ready for this!

Rollie Pemberton, aka Cadence Weapon, rolls into town on Wednesday the 21st of November, to support The Go! Team in Tripod. Tickets are a predictable e28, before the booking fee! CW released one of the album’s of the year last month on Big Dada Records. It should be a great show, even though Go! Team generally fail to register anything more than a big fat meh! from me.

Here’s my Cadence review from Totally Dublin last month. Why use the name Cadence Weapon, when you’ve an awesome name like Rollie Pemberton already!

Cadence Weapon –Breaking Kayfabe (Big Dada)

In a perfect world, the current chart war between hip hop heavyweights Kanye West and 50 Cent would hopefully play out something like this. Cartoon character and professional imbecile Fiddy would stick to his word of enforced retirement following a thrashing by Kanye, and never make a record again. West on the other hand, his elimination is practically a formality. The self-proclaimed ‘greatest of all time’ is currently just one awards ceremony away from spontaneous combustion. Another less than perfect haul of meaningless awards should see his inflated ego finally explode. All this would pave the way for Rollie Pemberton, aka Cadence Weapon, to claim his crown as undisputed heavyweight hip hopper of the world. Pemberton’s debut release, Breaking Kayfabe has slowly built up a cult following across the water, and if there was any justice in the world it would go on to outsell both of the charlatans above. Originally released in Canada in 2005, it went on to receive a nomination for the Polaris Prize (Canada’s Mercury Music Prize), and secure Pemberton a contract with Epitaph Records. Released this month in Ireland and the UK on the fabulous Big Dada records, Breaking Kayfabe is probably one of the hip hop albums of the year, and in Pemberton (son of the famous hip hop DJ Teddy Pemberton) we may have unearthed a true maverick producer and artist. While Breaking Kayfabe has its flaws and rough edges, it still packs more rawness and originality into its 50 minutes, than most artists manage in their whole career. Pemberton possesses a venomous tongue, that delivers clever rhyming couplets, but the real strength lies in his unconventional production talents, and his unique take on the jaded hip hop formula. The regurgitated break beats we’re subjected to on a regular basis are replaced here by slick, experimental electronic beats. The predictable soul samples that litter most songs in the charts are usurped by raucous, sinister synth lines and analogue bass. Not since Cannibal Ox has there been such a forward thinking record in this genre.

October 17, 2007 - Posted by | Music


  1. I thought you didn’t like hip hop? 🙂 Although I think many non hip-hop fans will be won over by this. Fantastic album.

    Comment by Sinéad | October 17, 2007 | Reply

  2. Rollie is the shiiiiiiiiit!
    Awesome review there McDonnell.

    Comment by Pedro | October 17, 2007 | Reply

  3. It takes something like Breaking Kayfabe to get me really excited about hiphop. I’m so tired of the predictable breakbeat and monotonous rhyme formula that has dogged the hiphop world. This is something else though. Somebody new with something to say, and a different approach to the way it’s said. The gig should be great!

    Comment by i prefer the obscure remix | October 17, 2007 | Reply

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