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Cadence Weapon Biography

Roland Pemberton was born with hip hop in his DNA. His father, Teddy Pemberton, a Brooklyn native and the muse for Cadence Weapon's acclaimed sophomore album, Afterparty Babies, was a pioneering college radio DJ and in 2010 wasinducted into the Hall Of Fame during Canada's National DJ Awards, the Stylus Awards. He's credited for introducing hip-hop to Rollie's hometown of Edmonton, Alberta through his show, The Black Experience In Sound on CJSR-FM.

Following in his father's groundbreaking footsteps, Rollie discovered he wanted to rap at the tender age of 13. Pemberton first gained massivegrassroots support for his mixtape "Cadence Weapon Is The Black Hand". He soon followed up with his explosive debut "Breaking Kayfabe" and the album yielded instant praise and notoriety culminating in nominations fromthe Polaris Music Prize, the Canadian Indie Awards and "Best Rap Album of2006" at the Plug Independent Music Awards, and won the CBC Radio 3's Bucky Award.

Pemberton has performed with Public Enemy, De La Soul, Mos Def, Questlove, Kool Keith and Lupe Fiasco and touredextensively with acts as diverse as Jurassic 5, Final Fantasy, Islands and Buck 65. He's played internationally renowned festivals such as Glastonbury, Lollapalooza, Roskilde, Pitchfork Music Festival, Incubate and Germany's Splash! Festival. He's remixed Grimes, Roots Manuva, Chad VanGaalen, Kid Sister, Busdriver, Disco D and Stars and made acclaimed bootleg mixesof tracks by Ciara ("Oh") and Rick Ross/Simian Mobile Disco ("Hustlin' Hustler"). He inked deals with labels Epitaph and Big Dada. Most impressively, this was before he reached age of majority.

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Cadence Weapon - House Music Single Review

14th April 2008

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Cadence Weapon - Afterparty Babies Album Review

17th March 2008

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Cadence Weapon Festivals

SXSW Music Festival

7th March 2014


1st August 2014

Summercase Festival

13th July 2007

Lounge on the Farm

2nd August 2014

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