Thursday, March 06, 2008

My Weapon Of Choice

Random Song 1: Gnarls Barkley - Run (buy)
Random Song 2: The White Stripes - My Fault For Being Famous (ft. Beck) (buy)

Cadence Weapon: Afterparty Babies (buy)

Afterparty Babies marks the sophomore release from rapper Cadence Weapon (a.k.a. Rollie Pemberton). An unabashed “party” album, Cadence Weapon’s prime objective is to get the cool kids dancing. Cadence skillfully expands on a lot of the themes and sounds that made his debut, “Breaking Kayfabe”, so enjoyable. “Afterparty Babies” is far more accessible than its predecessor. This is not to say that Cadence Weapon has “sold out”. On the contrary, he is more grounded than ever. His trademark electronic/video game style beats are still prominent. Only this time around, Cadence focuses his sharp lyrics on a topic that many of us can relate to: the obsessions with popular culture. Whether he is talking about celebrity worship, body art, the trappings of the music industry, the age of text messaging, referencing shows like “Heroes”, or sampling films such as Kindergarden Cop, there is a lot to identify with on the album. Oddly enough, Cadence Weapon is fully aware of his part in the fashion obsessed “hipster crowd” that he talks about. This contradiction actually helps to bring even more layers to this already rich album. In a perfect world, songs such as the old-school “Real Estate”, “In Search of the Youth Crew”, “The New Face of Fashion”, and “Getting Dumb” would be in heavy rotation on the radio right now. Regardless, it is only a matter of time before more people start to take notice of Cadence Weapon's talents.

Cadence Weapon - Do I Miss My Friends? (buy)
Cadence Weapon – Real Estate (buy) [performed on MTV Live last week].

Here is MTV Live’s interview Cadence Weapon:

Random Song 3: Snoop Dogg - Sensual Seductions (Wideboy Bassline Remix) (Myspace)
Random Song 4: Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit (buy)

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