British rapper Blaine ‘Cadet’ Johnson passed away in a car accident last year leaving behind a devastated music community. The true enigma of British rap and self confessed ‘Underrated Legend’ has however, delivered an inspiring posthumous album titled ‘The Rated Legend’, which serves as a tribute and testament to the late artist’s raw talent.
On the track ‘Still’ his fellow rapper and friend Wretch 32 closes the song by saying; ‘My brother your not an underrated legend man, you’ll forever be rated under the legend list, god bless you.” This is a fitting eulogy to the lasting effect that Cadet and his music has had on British rap- a community that continues to both love, and respect him.
The album features a host of guest appearances including Cadet’s cousin Krept- from rap duo Krept & Konan, and the album’s executive producer- on the song, ‘Dope Boy’, as well as appearances from Tion Wayne, Young Adz and Swarmz.
Cadet keeps up his lyrical commentary on modern life with stark honesty and unparalleled conviction, and there is a freshness in the delivery of Cadet’s verses that stray away from the herd of unoriginal acts, and creates an individual talent that will be sorely missed.
British rap had produced an influential figure that was taken well before his time and while ‘The Rated Legend’ is a triumphant tribute, it also commands it’s own respect as a defining rap record.
You can stream ‘The Rated Legend’ on Spotify, below.
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