Working under the name Cadence Weapon, the Edmonton native and former music critic Rollie Pemberton has been making music since before many of us knew Canadian rap was a thing. But he’s been silent for a few years now; we haven’t gotten a Cadence Weapon album since 2012’s Hope In Dirt City. But now he’s linked up with the great Montreal producer Kaytranada for the sinuous, bleepy new single “My Crew (Woooo),” one of the most catchy and immediate tracks I’ve ever heard from the guy. Below, listen to the single and read what Pemberton has to say about it.
“My Crew (Wooo)” is an anthem about unapologetically being who you want to be, no matter what anybody else thinks. There’s a sense of personal freedom that’s unique to Montreal and “My Crew (Woooo)” is a representation of that feeling. It’s the Brooklyn of Canada. It’s where every artistically minded person goes to freak-out for a few years and find themselves. The music scene in Montreal is very insular, you’re always meeting friends and making music. I met Kaytranada while DJ’ing in Montreal a few years ago and we’ve become friends. “My Crew” is a song about defying the labels that people try to place on artists. Is it underground? Mainstream? Conscious? Trap? Who cares, as long as it sounds dope.