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Hope in Dirt City
     

Hope in Dirt City

by Cadence Weapon
 

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An exciting mix of weird and tough, Canadian rapper Cadence Weapon often sounds like Del the Funky Homosapien if he were a member of G-Unit, but on Hope in Dirt City, he's much more, breaking into a chest-beating, rock ballad

Overview

An exciting mix of weird and tough, Canadian rapper Cadence Weapon often sounds like Del the Funky Homosapien if he were a member of G-Unit, but on Hope in Dirt City, he's much more, breaking into a chest-beating, rock ballad scream on the hooky highlight "Conditioning" and going full dub poet on the reverb-drenched, reggae-drenched "Small Deaths." A mixed batch of genres like electro (the anti-industry "(You Can't Stop) The Machine"), Hot Chip-styled indie funk (the twitchy "Jukebox"), and trunk-rumbling hip-hop from the Wu-Tang side of the street (the dark highlight "Hype Man") makes this the underground rapper's most musically ambitious album to date, and his superior rhymes don't take a hit at all, even if he's mellowed and slowed his pace a touch, which fits his increased love of introspection. Hook-filled songs are built to be accessible up front, and the album is well-designed as a whole, spacing out its prime numbers all the way to the end where the new wave-inspired title track offers an '80s beat and that rambling wordplay that only exists in the post-Mos Def world. Another solid and easy to recommend effort in a discography that already has a couple, which begs the question as to why Cadence Weapon isn't a bigger name, even among the underground hip-hop faithful?

Product Details

Release Date:
05/29/2012
Label:
Upper Class Rec
UPC:
0831707000334
catalogNumber:
16
Rank:
224019

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Performance Credits

Cadence Weapon   Primary Artist
Paul Prince   Guitar
Brett Miles   Saxophone
Sebastian Ostertag   Cello
Ian Koiter   Bass
Andrea Stewart   Viola
Jered Stuffco   Piano,Keyboards
Eric Lightfoot   Percussion,Drums
Melissa Wilmot   Violin
Matthew Oppenheimer   Bass
Adam Feingold   fender rhodes
Roland Pemberton   Synthesizer,Melodica

Technical Credits

James Benjamin   Engineer
Michael Musmanno   Producer,Engineer
Mêlée   Producer
DJ Nato   Engineer
Jay Sadlowski   Engineer
Dean Marino   Engineer
Gareth Jones   Arranger
Rich Terfry   Composer
Ian Koiter   String Arrangements
Lol Boys   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Jody Zinner   Cover Art
Nic Bertino   Programming,Producer
Markus Garcia   Producer
Kyle Bennett   drum programming
Jerome Potter   Producer
Flow Child   drum programming
Airick Woodhead   Programming,Producer
Victor Bongiovanni   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Breezes   Arranger,Producer
Roland Pemberton   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer
Doldrums   Producer

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