Cadence Weapon’s fifth studio album Parallel World was announced as the winner of the 2021 Polaris Music Prize on Monday (Sept. 27). The prize is awarded to the “best full-length Canadian album based on artistic merit, regardless of genre, sales or record label,” according to the organization.
Cadence Weapon, a Canadian-American rapper (real name Roland "Rollie" Pemberton), hails from Edmonton, Alberta. His win was announced during an event that was streamed live from CBC Toronto’s Studio 211.
While this is a major arts award in Canada, Cadence Weapon should not expect a congratulatory phone call from Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau. Cadence Weapon blasted Trudeau in his acceptance speech. "I also just want to take this time to mention that Justin Trudeau has worn Blackface so many times he can’t even remember how many times, and he was just given a third term," he said. "That’s exactly why I need to be making rap records that are political, that are about these subjects because that’s still a fact today."