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    Cadence Weapon

    Years active: 2005 - present Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta

    Cadence Weapon has been releasing music since 1995, but he's come into the spotlight recently thanks to co-signs from fellow Canadian musicians like Grimes. Cadence Weapon's father was a DJ, and he's stated that electronic music has always been a big influence on him. He was also the poet laureate of Edmonton and used to contribute to Pitchfork, and while these things may not be apparent in his music, they offer some insight into what separates Cadence Weapon from the flocks of hip-hop heads turned rappers. One of the most intelligent and creative to come from Canada, Cadence Weapon seems to be gaining momentum with every release and establishing himself not just as a rapper's rapper, but as a true artist.