Executively produced by Krept, The Rated Legend solidifies Cadet’s legacy as one of the best rappers in the game. This posthumous release comes after the star was tragically killed in a car crash in February last year.
The album, which was teased with the release of ‘Support Me’, solidifies his legacy within the UK rap scene. It takes on a varying mix of sounds and genres, making the posthumously produced album a vibrant reflection of the late rapper.
The project is an essence of Cadet himself, bringing an abundance of energy – layering everything from his humour to his deepest scars – mixing a fusion of Afroswing and old school inspired hip-hop and grime beats.
Praised for the passion, power and gripping narratives of his lyricism, Cadet was championed by the likes of Stormzy, Wiley, Charlie Sloth, and DJ Semtex and this album is a reminder of just how much he will be missed.
The lead single, ‘Support Me’, is a contemplative, stripped-back song that shows the rapper’s emotional side, accompanied with soft ad-libs, while Cadet discusses the trials and tribulations of not feeling supported by loved ones.
The Rated Legend also features Cadet’s Platinum-certified single ‘Advice’ and posthumously released ‘Gang Gang’, alongside previously unreleased material from Cadet’s recording sessions. And the record sees a wealth of collaborative features from the likes of Krept, Wretch 32, Chip and Tion Wayne.
The aforementioned ‘Gang Gang’ showcases Cadet’s fiery style and poignant lyrical content that is both entertaining and brutally honest. This track was inspired by a real-life incident, and Cadet opens about the social injustices black men face from being wrongfully targeted by the police. Cadet intended its narrative to give the perspective of how societal stereotypes can creep into law enforcement’s perception of black men in general.
The fourth track ‘Still’, featuring Wretch 32, accompanies Cadet’s fiery lyrics with Wretch’s smooth bars, expertly intertwined with a bouncy, trap-infused production backtrack. It ends with Wretch playing a tribute to Cadet, further showing how he is rated by legends of UK music.
The Rated Legend firmly etches Cadet’s name in the history books, a talent gone too early but someone who has left an indelible mark on the industry, fellow artists, and friends.
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