Cadence Weapon is Edmonton-born, Toronto-based rapper and producer Roland “Rollie” Pemberton.
Renowned for their experimentation and innovation, his groundbreaking albums Breaking Kayfabe and Hope In Dirt City were both shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize. Known for his incisive, socially conscious lyrics, Pemberton served as Poet Laureate of Edmonton from 2009 to 2011, making him literary ambassador of his hometown.
He recently served as the narrator for the VICELAND TV show Mister Tachyon as well as a lecture host for Red Bull Music Academy.
His fourth album Cadence Weapon came out this January and he’ll be performing live at the Velvet Underground on November 3.
The buildings and communities that we live in shape our lifestyle, friendships, and perspectives. As more high density areas are constructed, these communities are shaping Toronto and its residents. What impact is high-rise living having on the people that inhabit CityPlace, Liberty Village and similar neighbourhoods?
Cadence Weapon explored the the social impact of high density vertical communities in his song High Rise (produced by PIQUE) and music video, directed by Lester Millado. Based on his own experience finding a home in Toronto, Cadence Weapon describes the competitive race to secure housing and a dystopian lifestyle of missed connections and mass consumption.