Cadence Weapon is here to work. After years of leading the rap avant-garde, the Toronto-based, Edmonton, AB native is more self-assured than ever, making moves in his own lane with no endorsements or sponsorships. In his new loose single, Don’t Talk To Me, Cadence Weapon links with Toronto producer, FrancisGotHeat, (Roy Woods, Bryson Tiller, Drake) for a mellow yet refined sound, detailing his renewed focus, and demanding the people who aren’t adding value to stay away. Purchase and stream the track here.
“The song is inspired by my experiences navigating the rap scene over the years,” Cadence explains. “Since my last album, I’ve matured a lot, refined my music and surrounded myself with people who have my best interests in mind. It’s about refocusing my energy and flipping the script to the next page of my career. There’s a restorative element to this song. ‘Don’t Talk To Me’ means ‘don’t talk to me unless it’s something productive.’ That’s all I care about.”
Earlier this year, Cadence Weapon ended his long hiatus from recording music by teaming up with Kaytranada for My Crew (Woooo), a haunting, heart-pounding track. Through frenetic tongue-twisting verses that call out internet trolls and Camo pant-wearing cops, My Crew (Woooo) mirrors the energy of Montreal’s underground afterhours party scene, complete with hedonistic imagery and shout outs to his crew dwelling in the various neighbourhoods of the city. Cadence describes the song as “an anthem about unapologetically being who you want to be, no matter what anybody else thinks.”