Monday of this week would have been Cadet’s 30th birthday, and in recognition, the release date for his debut album, ‘The Rated Legend’, was confirmed for Friday 10 April on Underrated Legends. A&R’d and executively produced by Cadet’s cousin, Krept (of Krept & Konan), the album features Cadet’s platinum certified single ‘Advice’ and posthumously released ‘Gang Gang’ alongside previously unreleased material from his recording sessions. Produced by Show N Prove and Da Beatfreakz among others, guest artists on the album include Young Adz, Konan, Swarmz, Wretch 32, Chip, Tion Wayne, Deno and Krept.
“I am determined and driven to keep Cadet’s name alive and to making sure I can continue what he started and achieved, because I know how much this meant to him,” says Krept. “It was a labour of love and passion to create this project from just hearing random tracks he recorded and turning it into a full body of work. Cadet recorded so much good music that it would have felt wrong to have not done this. Cadet was so loved that filling missing verses or hooks from guest artists was easy to do to finish this album. All producers and artists done this all for free. That’s love. Cadet would love this album just as much as we do. It has versatility and really shows his range as an artist. With this album Cadet’s legacy will keep going, his name will live on. I have enjoyed every moment of putting this album together with our family. You will hear why he is no longer underrated…”
Cadet started out in the South London based Gipset crew, with his cousin Krept, Konan and Redz. He began to plough his own path in 2015 with a series of hard-hitting freestyles, before releasing his debut long player ‘The Commitment’ EP in 2016, follow up ‘The Commitment 2’ EP in 2017 and ‘Advice’ in 2018.
Praised for the passion, power and gripping narratives of his lyricism, he was championed by artists such as Stormzy and Wiley alongside Radio 1/ 1Xtra DJS Charlie Sloth and DJ Semtex and received a UEA Award for ‘Best Rapper’ in 2017. He supported Krept & Konan on their ‘The Long Way Home Tour’ and Bugzy Malone on his ‘Walk With Me Tour’, and performed at Wireless Festival in 2017.
In February 2019 Cadet tragically died in a car accident on the way to perform a headline show in Staffordshire. The following month many artists took to the stage of a poignantly sold out Brixton Academy for The Rated Legend show held in his honour. Those who performed included Stormzy, Lethal Bizzle, Dave, AJ Tracey, Krept & Konan, Big Shaq, Afro B, Yungen and more, with the proceeds from the show going to charitable organisation, The Cadet Trust.