Hope in Dirt City - Cadence Weapon
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  • Summary: The third album for the Canadian rapper who also was named Edmonton's poet laureate in 2009 was self-produced.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
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  1. Jun 20, 2012
    80
    It's a running dialogue with stylistic annotations, and it combines with Pemberton's fantastic wordplay to make for a compelling musical product.
  2. May 29, 2012
    80
    As a genre that's saturated with trends, micro-trends, and anti-trends, it's rare to find someone doing something that makes a legitimate claim at being totally unique.
  3. May 29, 2012
    80
    Hope is brought together by Pemberton's distinct vocal style and lyrics, which perfectly capture the disaffected, post-millennial, iPod-DJ, over-tweeted, quarter-life-crisis condition.
  4. Jun 1, 2012
    80
    The result is a smoother, more mature sound that varies with each song evoking hints of soul, funk, old-school hip-hop and some dance music for fun.
  5. 60
    On Hope in Dirt City, he has worked out a record full of uniquely blended beats and bleakly grinning intelligence.
  6. Jul 2, 2012
    60
    Hope in Dirt City presents some of Pemberton's most complex material to date. Most of the songs still bear the characteristically breakneck rhythms that garnered a nod from the Polaris Music Prize committee back in 2006, but unlike Breaking Kayfabe and Afterparty Babies, this album is swathed with layers of full-bodied instrumentation.
  7. Jun 7, 2012
    60
    Dirt City stands little hope of entertaining the masses (again). But its maker has outdone himself, presenting variety with commendable cohesion and experimenting where others might've chased trends for overdue commercial returns.

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  1. Sep 24, 2012
    4
    Excellent production--hip hop needs more mournful jazz horns and spry disco-punk anthems ("Crash Course For The Ravers"). As a rapper andExcellent production--hip hop needs more mournful jazz horns and spry disco-punk anthems ("Crash Course For The Ravers"). As a rapper and lyricist, though, he's merely serviceable here, which is more than can be said for his singing. Expand