A friend of mine at work once said I do not feature enough hip hop, too true. So, here it is…
Shad is a pretty awesome Canadian rapper, and yes, true hip hop without a doubt. Shad was “born Shadrach Kabango of Rwandan parents, he’ll admit there’s a retro quality in what he’s doing, like all good hip hop”, source, and it continues: “and if pushed, he’ll agree that there’s some general link to other socially conscious artists such as Chicago-bred Common, whom Shad opened for recently in Toronto, or Toronto’s K-OS, whom he routinely gets compared to. All portray a kind of pining in their music for a time before hip hop exploded commercially.”
I saw him back in 2010 at the Montreal Jazz Fest, and he put on a great set. He is doing a show in Montreal with fellow Canadian rapper/broadcaster Buck 65 here in Montreal for $5, as presented by the Osheaga Festival. So tomorrow I will pick up my tickets, as I will definitely be there.
His SoundCloud is somewhat limited, only has a couple of tracks from his last album, but it also has a nice mixtape, melancholy and the infinite shadness (a free download too). Check out “it aint over” which samples Lenny Kravitz’s “It Ain’t Over ’til It’s Over”:
Also on the mixtape, “a milli vanilli“, which samples Lil’ Wayne, but Milli Vanilli too!
His fourth album is getting prepared for release, it will be called Flying Colours.
Check out the awesome/funny video for “The Old Prince Still Lives At Home” which is a massive reference to opening to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air!
And from his last album, TSOL, Rose Garden:
Watch till the end, The Pharcyde video playing at the end (“Drop“), so the man has great taste in hip hop, no surprise!
on CBC Radio 3
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