Cadence Weapon's dedication to '88

Blake Gillespie

Cadence Weapon

Rappers love to reminisce about '88, one of rap's most golden years. Quick lesson in classic '88 albums: Straight Outta Compton, It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back, The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, Critical Beatdown, By All Means Necessary, and Strictly Business, to name a few. Blueprint dedicated his solo debut to the year. The Cool Kids might have rocked 90s gear, but one of the group's first songs, “'88”, demanded we “do the smurf / do the wop / baseball bat / rooftop like we're bringin' '88 back”.

Following in the tradition of homage, Cadence Weapon reworked fellow Montreal resident Grimes' “Eight” from her Visions record to create “88”. At 26 years of age (as of yesterday), Cadence Weapon is too young to fully reminisce of the golden era, but he's well-versed in what he missed, citing Basquiat, Debby Harry and D batteries for your box.

Expect a Cadence Weapon album in the spring.

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