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Cadence Weapon

Breaking Kayfabe. The title of the album is wrestling slang for breaking character, and in that Cadence Weapon aka Rollie Pemberton succeeds. There is no gansta posturing on his album; it is just about Cadence Weapon, take it or leave it. His debut is a masterful blend of rap and indie sensibilities. Pemberton is a former writer for Pitchfork, the website-for-all-things-indie, so it is no coincidence that Kayfabe has gained a strong following in the blogsphere on blogs just as likely to write about Bloc Party or Uffie as Cadence Weapon. This is all pretty cool considering Pemberton has done this all from his hometown, Edmonton, Alberta. Kayfabe is so surprisingly good that it nearly won the first Polaris Music Prize—it was narrowly defeated by Final Fantasy’s He Poos Clouds. Key tracks include “Black Hand,” “Sharks” and “Oliver Square”—who knew Edmonton could get so ghetto?
Scott Wood

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Rank Artist Title Label
1 Cadence Weapon * Breaking Kayfabe Upper Class
2 The Coup Pick A Bigger Weapon Epitaph
3 Wordburglar * Burglaritis Hand Solo
4 OK Cobra * OK Cobra Urbnet
5 Classified * Hitch Hikin' Music Urbnet
6 Soul Position Things Go Better With RJ And AL Rhymesayers
7 J Dilla Donuts Stones Throw
8 Murs And 9th Wonder Murray's Revenge Record Collection
9 Mr. Lif Mo' Mega Definitive Jux
10 Cut Chemist The Audience's Listening Warner
11 Jurassic 5 Feedback Interscope
12 DL Incognito * Organic Music For A Digital World Urbnet
13 K-Os * Atlantis Hymns For Disco Virgin
14 Oh No Exodus Into Unheard Rhythms Stones Throw
15 Dabrye Two/Three Ghostly International
16 Dilated Peoples 20 / 20 Capitol
17 Various * Underground Hip Hop Volume 4 Urbnet
18 Gnarls Barkley St. Elsewhere Downtown/Atlantic
19 Aceyalone Magnificent City Project Blowed/Decon
20 J Dilla The Shining BBE



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