Before Roland Pemberton was making a name for himself as rapper Cadence Weapon and serving as Edmonton's Poet Laureate, he was living in Alberta and attending journalism school. Although he began rapping at age 13, it wasn't until developing the Cadence Weapon moniker that he found his true calling, gaining recognition for his clever lyrics, sly tone, and intellectual approach to hip-hop. His first mixtape, Cadence Weapon is the Black Hand, dropped in 2005, a precursor to his first full-length later the same year. Pemberton gained American exposure after signing with the L.A.-based sublabel to Epitaph Records, ANTI-Records, under which he released 2008's Afterparty Babies and last year's Hope in Dirt City - the latter a Polaris Prize-nominated response to his recent move from Edmonton to Montreal.
Opening with his own remix of fellow Montreal-based project Doldrums' Egypt, Cadence Weapon's exclusive mix for SSENSE features Wiz Khalifa, 2 Chainz, Lil Durk, Yung Lean, and Casey Veggies.