MXTS 2011 Preview: Shad

Posted in Music and other Arts by shaunaslice on March 4, 2011

There’s no denying that in the scant thirty-odd years that rap has existed, it has influenced the musical and social landscape exponentially. I love hip hop. Gimme the beats, the word play, the swagger, the samples – and of course , the well-played dis. That is my swan song and these are the facts. Shadrach Kabango (otherwise known as Shad) is of Rwandan heritage, was born in Kenya and  raised in Ontario, Canada. He has released three full length albums as Shad or Shad K, his first When This is Over was funded from the winnings of a radio station talent competition. He’s the real deal. With interesting beats and versatile lyrics, it’s no wonder his most recent album, TSOL, was a shortlisted nominee for the 2010 Polaris Music Prize. His flow is invigorating, his words meaningful, and unlike the garish side of the genre, he’s got nothing to prove. His music speaks for itself.

Shad will be performing at Music by the Slice Saturday, March 19th at 5:50 PM.

Track: “Rose Garden”

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“Rock to It” live
Official video for “Compromise”


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