The cities of Toronto and London collide as Cadence Weapon and Manga Saint Hilare (of Roll Deep fame) team up for this thought-provoking and punchy grime collaboration titled "On Me." The record is bolstered by a grungy, energetic beat courtesy of Australian producer Strict Face and the duo's fiery performance laced with insightful lyrics about the invasion of privacy, surveillance by the government, and more. Cadence Weapon opens up the track and shares his thoughts on the matter in a candid and tongue-in-cheek manner. He knows there isn't much he can do about it but he is determined to live life on his own terms regardless. Manga Saint Hilare shares similar sentiments but also dives into the issue of racial profiling in his hometown.
Director, Scott Pilgrim who is a longtime collaborator of Cadence Weapon was tasked to bring the song to life and the result is an artistic, retro-fitted visual that helps sum things up. The emcees in question are nowhere to be found but that doesn't hamper things much as the director makes use of throwback electronics from names like Sharp, JVC. It really takes me back to the '90s with the rf and RCA cords and static-laden transmissions. It's not glamorous but then again, less is more in this situation.
"On Me" is taken from Cadence Weapon's forthcoming LP Parallel World, via eOne Music