Anti-/Epitaph is pleased to announce the signing of rising hip hop hopeful Cadence Weapon. The Edmonton, Alberta-reared rapper and producer has made a name for himself as a ground breaking talent and an artist to watch by mainstream and underground media alike in his native Canada.
Cadence Weapon’s explosive debut, Breaking Kayfabe has yielded instant praise and notoriety, culminating with recent nominations from the Polaris Music Prize (modeled after the Mercury Prize) and the Canadian Indie Awards. In addition, the independently released disc won the CBC Radio 3’s Bucky Award and landed a nom for “Best Rap Album of 2006” at the Plug Independent Music Awards.
Breaking Kayfabe will finally be released in the USA through Upper Class Recordings on March 13th, 2007, coinciding with Cadence Weapon's South By South West performances in Austin. Early supporters and fans from the likes of Pitchforkmedia.com, Urb Magazine, XLR8R and CMJ can anticipate the sophomore album through Anti-/Epitaph due in autumn.
Breaking Kayfabe is an impressively accomplished hip-hop album, stacked with clever songwriting, impressive rhymes, and electro-banging productions with traces of both U.K. grime and West Coast rap. Urb proclaimed, “Cadence Weapon’s M.O. is breaking boundaries,” in its Illustrious Next 100 issue.
In tandem with the U.S. release of Breaking Kayfabe, a video for the disc’s buzzing clubber jam “Sharks” has been lensed. Paying homage to retro arcade games, the clip was produced by Spy Films and co-directed by Chris Grismer (Arcade Fire, Death From Above, Metric, Motion City Soundtrack) and Duane Crichton (Jelleestone, In Essence, Pocket Dwellers). The “Sharks” video debuts this week on Canada’s MuchMusic as “Buzz Clip”, begins spinning heavy rotation at MuchVibe, and is poised to take the U.S. by storm in the coming weeks.