Crossing the Canadian border comes another ill MC, his name is Shad and he has the skills to leave a mark on the states. “It’s funny how words like ‘consciousness’ and ‘positive music’ can somehow start to feel hollow.” How long have you thought this but never really admitted it? With his new release TSOL, Shad (Kenyan born, full name of Shadrach Kabango) sheds like on even more issues close to a hip hop heads heart. For example, “I talk to women but I can’t talk for women, that’s for you, we need women for that, more women in rap” is just one of the insanely on point lines from the track “Keep Shining.” On his harder hitting song “Yaa I Get It” he admits “maybe I’m not big cause I don’t blog or twitter, dog I’m bitter.” Examples of his skills go one and on and are showcased on his latest release as he spits lyrical knots that tie up every subject from war to spelling “boobies” on calculators.
Shadrach grew up in London, Ontario CA to a Lab Technician (his mommy) and a mechanic (his daddy) which he talks about on his new album TSOL in the track “A Good Name.” His first full length record When This Is Over was self released in 2005 and started his early buzz on the web. Two years later and signed to Black Box Recordings he released The Old Prince. His sophomore release became his break out album with singles “I Don’t Like To”, “Brother (Watching)” and “Compromise.” Also from this album came his viral video for “The Old Prince Still Lives At Home” ( a spoof off The Fresh Prince of Bel Air) that has over 36 thousand views to date! Shad has been nominated for a Juno Awards, Polaris Prize and a MuchMusic Video Award all for this last record. From the looks of it Shad can hold his on in an impressive Canadian hip-hop scene.
On the horizon for Shadrach is finishing his US tour opening for another maple leaf rapper, K-OS and continuing to make good music. He is reported to be working with folk singer-songwriter City & Colour for a new record to be released on 12 vinyl.
To celebrate the release of TSOL, we have a free download of my favorite track off the record “Rose Garden.” Grab it for yourself below and enjoy!
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