The release of a rapper’s debut album was announced on his birthday, one year after his death, writes Melissa Kasule.
The Rated Legend is the posthumous album by Cadet who was killed in a car accident in February.
On March 2, Cadet’s birthday, it was announced the departed rapper’s album will be released on April 10.
The 28-year-old Clapham rapper died in a car accident on the way to perform at a show in Staffordshire.
The driver behind the wheel of the white van that crashed into Cadet‘s taxi was sentenced to four years
and eight months in prison in January.
Cadet started out in the South London-based rap group Gipset crew joined by cousin Krept and rappers Konan and Redz.
But he paved his solo career with a series of freestyles, small music projects and headline tours in 2015.
Executively produced by Krept, the album features Cadet’s platinum certified single Advice and unreleased songs.
Guest features include Young Adz, Konan, Swarmz, Wretch 32, Chip, Tion Wayne, Deno and Krept.
Krept said: “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.
“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 have 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.”