Artist of the Week: Shad
In honour of North by Northeast, this week Vapor is featuring one of our favourite Canadian artists — Shad. Shad performed at Vapor’s first music showcase back in 2007, and we’ve had our eyes on him ever since.
London, Ontario’s Shadrach Kabango, better known as hip-hop artist Shad or Shad K, is once again showing the world his undeniable rap talents with the recent release of his third album, TSOL. Since 2005, Shad has released his debut album independently, was signed to Black Box Recordings, released his sophomore album The Old Prince, was nominated for a Juno Award, short-listed for the Polaris Music Prize ad two Much Music Video Awards, won an Indie Award and opened for Common and Lupe Fiasco — all while continuing to work towards his Masters degree at Simon Fraser University.
Currently on the cover of Exclaim! Magazine and traveling for his tour (you just missed him in Toronto, but Shad has upcoming dates in Peterborough, Montreal, Ottawa, London, St. Catharine’s, Guelph and Kingston), Shad is about to get even more love when his song “Now a Daze” is featured in the television series Rookie Blue, premiering on ABC and Global on June 24th, music supervised by Vapor. Look out for the track in episode three!
“One of the wittiest lyricists in hiphop”
– Now Magazine
Similar to: K-Os & Common, with influences from hip-hop of the late ’80s and early 90s
“The Old Prince may have put Shad on the map, but TSOL proves why that he’s here to stay. The 13-track project reaffirms his standing as perhaps the most uniquely entertaining rapper in Canada today. Lyrically, Shad doesn’t so much step up his game as he’s refined it, proving that he’s making hip-hop on his own terms in the process…The project expands on the structured yet free flowing vibe of The Old Prince with a bit more social consciousness mixed in. He shies away from being labelled a “conscious rapper,” but revels in honest, clever lyrics, self-awareness and social action. But more importantly, the joints bump hard.”
— Exclaim! Magazine
“After a few times through his new album TSOL, I can pinpoint one of the things I like most about him: he absolutely excels at the perfect simplicity of hip hop. Intelligent & thoughtful lyrics, punch lines, witty wordplay, well-chosen beats, and contributions from an actual, honest-to-goodness DJ.”
Watch Shad’s video for “Yaa I Get It”
Watch Shad’s video for “The Old Prince Still Lives At Home”
Watch Shad’s song “Out of Love” featured in an ad for Goodfoot
Listen to Shad at Hype Machine
Read the Toronto Star’s feature article on Shad