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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - JIM CAR­ROLL

Down­load tracks: Do I Miss My Friends?, Mes­sages Mat­ter Rol­lie Pem­ber­ton just may have dis­cov­ered hip-hop’s third way. In­stead of pos­tur­ing like a fake-ass gangsta or de­liv­er­ing an­other ream of right-on but te­dious back­packer codes, the young Cana­dian rap­per has man­aged to keep a foot in both camps. Such stylis­tic dex­ter­ity plays a star­ring role on his sec­ond album, a place where whip-sharp barbs about life, the uni­verse and ev­ery­thing in be­tween are de­liv­ered over snazzy, edgy elec­tronic beats and breaks. Pem­ber­ton ad­mits he wanted to hit the dance­floor with this album, but it hasn’t come at the ex­pense of his killer flow or that show­boat­ing sense of sonic ad­ven­ture that were ap­par­ent on the Break­ing Kay­fabe de­but. Check Do I Miss My Friends?, for in­stance, a track where a doo-wop a cap­pella kicks off a lyri­cal tour-de-force full of con­fi­dence, wit and not a lit­tle swag­ger. www.cadenceweapon mu­

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