Cadence Weapon Releases New Video High Rise

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Cadence Weapon has released the stunning video for his single, High Rise, Premiering via Noisey,he audiovisual essay explores timely topics and speaks truth to the current climate of gentrification, urban spaces and the evolution of metropolitan life. Filmed in Toronto’s downtown core, the video was directed by Lester Millado and produced by Toronto creative collective, PIQUE, with choreography by Caden Mackinnon and Chantelle Mostacho . Watch the video here.

“High Rise was inspired by my experience looking for a place to live when I first moved to Toronto. It made me imagine a demonic real estate agent chanting at me to give up the search for a house, to move into a condo,” Cadence says of the inspiration for the track. “ I think many people are dealing with rampant gentrification and the erosion of community today so I decided to write a protest song about it.”

High Rise (produced by Jacques Greene) is from Cadence Weapon’s much anticipated, new self-titled album, released on January 19 via eOne Music. The album is his first since 2012’s Hope In Dirt City, which was second to be nominated for a Polaris Music Prize.

The album features appearances from Deradoorian, Blue Hawaii, Brendan Phillip and Casey MQ, and tracks from producers, Kaytranada, Francis Got Heat, Jacques Greene and Harrison. The 12-track album is a reintroduction to Cadence Weapon as an artist, and he's excited for the world to experience this new beginning.

The album features other singles including independence anthem, Large, self-assured verses on Don’t Talk To Me (prod. FrancisGotHeat), and the critically acclaimed Kaytranada-produced, My Crew (Woooo).

Cadence will be sharing the new music this summer, through the fall, as he has announced a cross-country tour, with stops in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Montreal, Fredericton, St. John’s, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, Virginia, Boston, his current home of Toronto at North By Northeast Festival, and slots at Jazz Winnipeg, Guelph’s Hillside Festival, and the revered Halifax Pop Explosion in Nova Scotia. See below for a complete list of dates.

Recognized as Canada’s “most creative” rapper by the National Post, Cadence Weapon has consistently exhibited a passion to take rap into new and unexpected directions. Born in Edmonton, Cadence 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 CJSR 88.5 FM. 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.

Following the online success of his mixtape, Cadence Weapon Is The Black Hand, Cadence released his self-produced debut album, Breaking Kayfabe, in December 2005 at the age of 19. The album was met with international critical acclaim, with the BBC praising its mix of “vivid, scattershot rhymes” and “techno-tinged beats.” 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.

TOUR DATES:
June 15 – Toronto, ON – North By Northeast Festival @ Yonge-Dundas Square
June 20 – Winnipeg, MB – Winnipeg Jazz Festival @ The Good Will
July 13-15 – Guelph, ON – Hillside Festival
September 28 – Kingston, ON – Grad Club
September 29 – Ottawa, ON – The 27 Club
October 2 – Regina, SK – The Exchange
October 3 – Calgary, AB – Commonwealth
October 4 – Edmonton, AB – Buckingham
October 5 – Kelowna, BC – Fernando’s
October 6 – Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club
October 10 – Saskatoon, SK – Amigo’s
October 13 – Chicago, IL – Sleeping Village
October 14 – Detroit, MI – El Club
October 18 – Fredericton, NB – The Capital
October 19 – St. John’s, NL – The Ship
October 20 – Halifax, NS – TBD
October 25 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
October 26 – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
October 27 – Durham, NC – The Pinhook
October 28 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory
October 30 – Boston, MA – Middle East
November 1 – Montreal, QC – La Vitrola

Cadence Weapon on Spotify: http://smarturl.it/cadenceweapon