Cadence Weapon | Collective Arts Black Box Session

Watch Canadian rapper Cadence Weapon in the Collective Arts Black Box, performing "My Crew (Woooo)" and "High Rise"

Cadence Weapon, the Edmonton-born rapper now based in Toronto, put out his self-titled fourth album earlier this year. The first single “My Crew (Woooo)” features production from another acclaimed Canadian hip-hop artist (and 2016 Polaris winner) Kaytranada.

“There’s a sense of personal freedom that’s unique to Montreal and ‘My Crew (Woooo)’ is a representation of that feeling. It’s the Brooklyn of Canada. It’s where every artistically minded person goes to freak-out for a few years and find themselves. The music scene in Montreal is very insular, you’re always meeting friends and making music. I met Kaytranada while DJ’ing in Montreal a few years ago and we’ve become friends. ‘My Crew’ is a song about defying the labels that people try to place on artists. Is it underground? Mainstream? Conscious? Trap? Who cares, as long as it sounds dope.”

“I just called it Cadence Weapon; it’s the distillation of who I am,” he said in an interview with Exclaim. “The intersection of rap and electronic music on this album — that’s my wheelhouse. I have a much better understanding of that and myself. I had something to prove because I’ve been around a while, but I never really got the recognition for rapping that I believe I deserve. That really pushed me to go harder.”

Cadence Weapon will be performing a free show on Friday June 15th at NXNE’s Festival Village at Yonge Dundas Square.

06/15 Toronto, ON – NXNE
06/20 Winnipeg, MB – Winnipeg Jazz Festival
07/13 Guelph, ON – Hillside Festival
08/09 London, UK – Windmill Brixton
08/10 Glasgow, UK – Stereo
08/14 Kortrijk, BE – Marathon of Dope Sessions
08/15 Zurich, CH – Bar3000
08/17 San Sebastian, ES – Dabadaba
08/23 Berlin, DE – Internet Explorer
09/14 Hamilton, ON – Supercrawl
09/28 Kingston, ON – Grad Club
09/29 Ottawa, ON – The 27 Club
10/02 Regina, SK – The Exchange
10/03 Calgary, AB – Commonwealth
10/04 Edmonton, AB – Buckingham
10/05 Kelowna, BC – Fernando’s
10/06 Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club
10/10 Saskatoon, SK – Amigo’s
10/12 Milwaukee, WI – Cactus Club
10/13 Chicago, IL – Sleeping Village
10/14 Detroit, MI – El Club
10/18 Fredericton, NB – The Capital
10/19 St. John’s, NL – The Ship
10/20 Halifax, NS – Halifax Pop Explosio
10/24 Washington, DC – Songbird
10/25 Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
10/26 Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
10/27 Durham, NC – The Pinhook
10/28 Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory
10/30 Boston, MA – Middle East
11/01 Montreal, QC – La Vitrola