The Rated Legend: Cadet’s bittersweet album produced by KreptBy Hollie Gwinnett | April 12, 2020
Cadet released 2 EP’s, before he passed away in 2019, and his freestyle tracks gained praise from the likes of Stormzy. Because of Cadets raw and honest talent Krept managed to get other big names in the rap game on board to collaborate on the album. Features include Wretch 32, Chip and Young Adz to name a few. The fourth track ‘Still’ featuring Wretch 32 smoothly intertwines the different styles of both artists, and it ends with a tribute from Wretch “My brother, you’re not an underrated legend / But forever rated under the legend list”. This just solidifies what people thought of him and his legacy within the UK rap scene.
The Rated Legend is an emotional album for Cadet fans knowing he had so much more to give. He was praised for his honesty within his music, rapping about heartache, toxic masculinity and religion. Cadet was described as a storyteller as his lyrical talent was always shining through above the music. The album cover, which is made up of pictures of Cadet throughout his childhood and adult life shows the love that people had for him. Telixia Inico, Cadet’s sister, recorded a spoken word piece for the song ‘The Conversation’ in which she addresses Cadet by his real name, this track in particular is very moving as it gives an insight to their personal life, and is a reminder of how much he will be missed.
The album isn’t completely sombre as Krept also wanted to show Cadet’s upbeat energy. If you were a fan of his more afro fushion tracks that you would hear in a club then listen to ‘Roley’ a duet with London singer Swarmz, it will definitely be one for the charts with its afro swing, dancehall energy and memorable hook.
‘The Rated Legend’ is a celebratory tribute to an unfortunately lost talent, and it is a defining rap album within itself.
Researcher: Levi Hudlin, @levihudlin