Rapper Cadence Weapon on his musical journey and current state of hip-hop in Canada

Edmonton rapper Cadence Weapon talks about his self-titled new album and chasing his music dreams in Montreal and Toronto.
Cadence Weapon's new album comes out on Jan. 19. (Mark Sommerfeld)

After a five year hiatus, Edmonton rapper Cadence Weapon returns with his self-titled follow up to his Polaris-prize nominated album Hope In Dirty City. The former Edmonton poet laureate drew on his time growing up in his hometown of Edmonton, and more recently, chasing his music dreams in Montreal and Toronto to create his most autobiographical work to date. It's an album fueled by personal reflection, and notable contributions from Drake producer FrancisGotHeat and Polaris award-winning musician Kaytranada.

Cadence Weapon dropped by q to talk about his Edmonton roots, his feelings about the state of Canadian hip-hop today, and his growth as a musician and a person.

Produced by Tyrone Callender