Cadence Weapon has shared his video for “High Rise.” The clip, described as an audiovisual essay explores timely topics and speaks truth to the current climate of gentrification, urban spaces and the evolution of metropolitan life. Filmed in Torontos downtown core, the video was directed by Lester Millado and produced by Toronto creative collective, PIQUE, with choreography by Caden Mackinnon and Chantelle Mostacho. “High Rise” (produced by Jacques Greene) is from Cadence Weapons much anticipated, new self-titled album, released on January 19 via eOne Music. The album is his first since 2012s Hope In Dirt City.
High Rise was inspired by my experience looking for a place to live when I first moved to Toronto. It made me imagine a demonic real estate agent chanting at me to give up the search for a house, to move into a condo, Cadence says of the inspiration for the track. I think many people are dealing with rampant gentrification and the erosion of community today so I decided to write a protest song about it.
The album features appearances from Deradoorian, Blue Hawaii, Brendan Phillip and Casey MQ, and tracks from producers, Kaytranada, Francis Got Heat, Jacques Greene and Harrison. The 12-track album is a reintroduction to Cadence Weapon as an artist, and he’s excited for the world to experience this new beginning.
The album features other singles including independence anthem, Large, self-assured verses on Dont Talk To Me (prod. FrancisGotHeat), and the Kaytranada-produced, My Crew (Woooo).
June 15 Toronto, ON North By Northeast Festival @ Yonge-Dundas Square
June 20 Winnipeg, MB Winnipeg Jazz Festival @ The Good Will
July 13-15 Guelph, ON Hillside Festival
September 28 Kingston, ON Grad Club
September 29 Ottawa, ON The 27 Club
October 2 Regina, SK The Exchange
October 3 Calgary, AB Commonwealth
October 4 Edmonton, AB Buckingham
October 5 Kelowna, BC Fernandos
October 6 Vancouver, BC Fortune Sound Club
October 10 Saskatoon, SK Amigos
October 13 Chicago, IL Sleeping Village
October 14 Detroit, MI El Club
October 18 Fredericton, NB The Capital
October 19 St. Johns, NL The Ship
October 20 Halifax, NS TBD
October 25 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie
October 26 Richmond, VA Strange Matter
October 27 Durham, NC The Pinhook
October 28 Brooklyn, NY Knitting Factory
October 30 Boston, MA Middle East
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