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Cadence Weapon

Cadence Weapon is Edmonton-born, Toronto-based rapper, producer, writer and poet Rollie Pemberton. His 2021 album Parallel World just won Canada’s Polaris Music Prize. Cadence Weapon has released five albums, all of which have been nominated for the Polaris Music Prize, with Breaking Kayfabe (2006), Hope In Dirt City (2012) and Parallel World (2021) being shortlist nominees. Pemberton has toured extensively following the success of these albums, playing festivals like Glastonbury, Lollapalooza, Pitchfork Music Festival, Roskilde and Primavera Sound and performing shows with artists such as Public Enemy, Diplo, Questlove, De La Soul and many more.

Pemberton’s music is known for pairing groundbreaking production with incisive, socially conscious lyricism. Pemberton served as Poet Laureate of Edmonton from 2009 to 2011, making him the literary ambassador of his hometown. Pemberton is writing a book about his career called Bedroom Rapper that will be published by McClelland & Stewart in May 2022.

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