Song: Cadence Weapon – “Don’t Talk To Me” (Prod. by FrancisGotHeat)

Returning From Hiatus, the Critically Acclaimed Edmonton Native Enlists Bryson Tiller/Drake Producer For Confident New Track


Critical Praise:

“1980s party rap spliced with 90s gritty lyricism in a futuristic electro crucible” – Pitchfork

“Canada’s rap scene has been on the up-and-up for years now, and today two of the country’s more promising acts have combined forces: Rapper Rollie Pemberton, aka Cadence Weapon, and breakout producer Kaytranada meet on “My Crew (Woooo)”, a banging ode to their current Montreal digs.” – Consequence of Sound

“Dexterous, buoyant, rubber-funk production, Cadence sits effortlessly on top.” – Clash

The Song:

Cadence Weapon is here to work. After years of leading the rap avant-garde, the Edmonton, Canada native is more self-assured than ever, making moves in his own lane with no endorsements or sponsorships. Earlier this year, Cadence Weapon ended his long hiatus from recording music by teaming up with Kaytranada for “My Crew (Wooo),” a haunting, heart-pounding track that served as Cadence’s tribute to the arty Montreal underground. In his new loose single, “Don’t Talk To Me,” Cadence Weapon links with producer FrancisGotHeat (Roy Woods, Bryson Tiller, Drake) for a mellow yet refined sound, detailing his renewed focus and demanding the people who aren’t adding value to stay away.

“The song is inspired by my experiences navigating the rap scene over the years” Cadence Weapon explains. “Since my last album, I’ve matured a lot, refined my music and surrounded myself with people who have my best interests in mind. It’s about refocusing my energy and flipping the script to the next page of my career. There’s a restorative element to this song. ‘Don’t Talk To Me’ means ‘don’t talk to me unless it’s something productive.’ That’s all I care about.”

Cadence Weapon started rapping when he was a teenager, releasing Breaking Kayfabe, his debut album as Cadence Weapon, in December 2005 at the age of 19. Met with international critical acclaim, with the BBC praising its mix of “vivid, scattershot rhymes” and “techno-tinged beats,” the album made the short list for the Polaris Music Prize, a critic’s award for Canada’s best music. Recognized as Canada’s “most creative” rapper by the National Post, the former Pitchfork writer developed a sterling reputation in his homeland for his music and his poetry. In 2009, Cadence was appointed Poet Laureate of Edmonton, making him the literary ambassador of his home city for two years, during which he was invited to read poetry for an event at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He followed up this literary stint with 2012’s Hope In Dirt City, an album entirely produced by Cadence, created by recording live instruments and sampling them for his beats. Fans can expect more from Cadence Weapon in the coming months.

Listen to “Don’t Talk To Me” (Prod. by FrancisGotHeat): //

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Cadence Weapon Background:

Born Rollie Pemberton in Edmonton, Alberta, Cadence Weapon had an upbringing uniquely suited to becoming a rapper. His father, Teddy, a Brooklyn native, was the DJ that introduced hip-hop to Edmonton with his pioneering radio show, The Black Experience in Sound, on local radio. After spending his childhood immersed in his father’s diverse archive of music, Cadence started rapping at age 13. Soon, he was entering freestyle battles, rocking shows with his uncle’s funk band and teaching himself how to make beats. After releasing his first album, Breaking Kayfabe, in December 2005 at the age of 19, Cadence quickly became one of the most popular and acclaimed rappers in his home country, earning a nomination for the Polaris Prize. In 2009, Rollie Pemberton was appointed Poet Laureate of Edmonton, making him the literary ambassador of his home city for two years, during which he was invited to read poetry for an event at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He released his most recent album, Hope In Dirt City, in 2012, and after five years of writing, DJ-ing, and publishing his first book of poetry, Rollie is ready to storm back into music with “My Crew (Woo),” a Kaytranada-produced ode to Montreal’s culture scene.


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“Don’t Talk To Me” (Prod. by FrancisGotHeat): //

“My Crew (Wooo)” (Prod. by Kaytranada): //