Rap star Cadet to release posthumous debut album – a year after he was killed in North Staffordshire horror crash


Rapper Cadet is set to release his posthumous debut album – a year after he was killed in a crash in North Staffordshire.

The musician’s album The Rated Legend will go on sale  on April 10 on what would have been his 30th birthdday.

Cadet – real name Blaine Johnson – died at the age of 28 after his taxi was involved in a collision on his way to a gig at Keele University on February 9 last year.

His cousin Krept, of duo Krept & Konan, is the album’s executive producer.

It will feature single Advice and posthumously released Gang Gang, as well as previously unreleased material from Cadet’s recording sessions.

Guest artists include Young Adz, Konan, Swarmz, Wretch 32, Chip, Tion Wayne and  Deno.

Cadet was killed in a crash near Betley

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. You will hear why he is no longer underrated.”

Jordon Birch arriving at court this morning

London-based Cadet was an up and coming star on the UK music scene and artists including Stormzy and Example were among those to pay tribute following his death.

He was travelling to Keele Students’ Union when the accident occurred.

Drink-driver Jordon Birch, aged 23, of Woore, admitted causing Cadet’s death by dangerous driving and seriously injuring taxi driver Kashif Usman.

He was jailed for four years and eight months when he appeared at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court in January.

Chandler Johnson, aged 32, sister of rapper Cadet, is unhappy at the sentence Jordon Birch received

Following the court case, sister Chandler Johnson, aged 32, who lives in London, told StokeonTrentLive: “I feel it was all for Jordon. My brother’s life was not really thought of.

“The defendant has got in a van drunk. He has been to two pubs.

“I have to try to explain to my son that in less than two-and-a-half years the guy that killed his uncle will be free. He will be out, living his life, aged 26.

“He knew he was driving, he knew he was drunk. He should have been sentenced to at least eight years.”

Paul Johnson, aged 56, who also lives in London, says his son was on his way to the ‘very top’.

He said: “We will always be immensely proud of what he achieved.

“There is a legal system – and we got no justice. It is a nonsense.”





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