|Birth name||Shadrach Kabango|
|Also known as||Shad K.|
July 18, 1982 |
|Origin||London, Ontario, Canada|
|Genres||Alternative hip hop|
|Labels||Black Box Music, Decon|
|Associated acts||Skratch Bastid|
Born in Kenya, of Rwandan parents, Shad was raised in London, Ontario. His mother worked in London as a hospital lab technician; his father, as a machinist. He attended London Central Secondary School. Shad began rapping at the age of 14.
His debut album When This Is Over (2005) was self-made, financed with the $17,500 he won from 91.5 The Beat's Rhythm of the Future talent competition during his time as an undergraduate student at Wilfrid Laurier University. The album was recognized for Shad's self-deprecating lyrics, which are atypical of the current rap scene and focusing on social causes—for example, the track "I'll Never Understand" examines the Rwandan genocide and includes poetry written by his mother, Bernadette Kabango.
In 2007, he was signed by Black Box Recordings and released his second album, The Old Prince. In 2008, The Old Prince received a Juno Award nomination for Rap Recording of the Year, and was nominated for the 2008 Polaris Music Prize. The album was also nominated for two MuchMusic Video Awards. Shad released his third album, TSOL, in 2010. TSOL was nominated for the 2010 Polaris Music Prize, a 2011 MuchMusic Video Award, and won the Juno Award for Rap Recording of the Year at the 2011 Juno Awards. On beating out Canadian compatriot Drake for the Juno, Shad said in an interview: "I did not think for a second that I would win. Not for one second. He's massive. He's massive in the States, he's massive in Canada."
On September 2, 2010 it was announced on MTV News Canada that Shad had been in the studio with City & Colour (Dallas Green) working on an original song to be released as a single (entitled "Live Forever") along with a remix of TSOL's "Listen".
On January 16, 2013, K-os posted on his Facebook page that he had sent a verse to Shad for a new song called "Sersch". In June 2013, Shad released a collaborative EP with Skratch Bastid entitled The Spring Up.
Shad's new album, Flying Colours, was released on October 15, 2013. The album was supported by the singles 'Stylin' and 'Fam Jam (Fe Sum Immigrins)'. Shad will end his current Flying Colours tour in Victoria, BC on November 30th at Sugar Nightclub.
- La Casette Mixée (2007)
- Besides (2011)
- Melancholy and the Infinite Shadness (2012)
- "I Don't Like To" (2008)
- "Brother (Watching)" (2008)
- "The Old Prince Still Lives at Home" (2009)
- "Compromise" (2009)
- "Yaa I Get It" (2010)
- "Rose Garden" (2010)
- "We, Myself and I" (2010)
- "Keep Shining" (2011)
- "Give You All I Can" (2011)
- "It Aint Over" (2012)
- "Stylin'" (2013)
- "Fam Jam (Fe Sum Immigrins)" (2013)
- Promise - "Shy Guy" from More Than Music (2008)
- Blue Scholars - "The Dawn Song" from Bayani: Redux (2009)
- Hey Ocean! - "Vagabond" (2009)
- Grand Analog - "Electric City" from Metropolis Is Burning (2009)
- Wax Romeo - "Boom Ha" (2010)
- Dirty Circus - "Into the Sun" from Alive and Well (2010)
- Mike Tompkins - "Only Girl" (2010)
- Lights - "Everybody Breaks a Glass" and "Flux and Flow" from Siberia (2011)
- Blitz the Ambassador - "Native Sun" from Native Sun (2011)
- k-os - "Spraying My Pen" from Black on Blonde (2013)
- The Procussions - "Today" from The Procussions (2013)
- Grand Analog - "The Great Rhyme Dropper" from Modern Thunder (2013)
- Said the Whale - "Resolutions" from Hawaiii (2013)
- Dixon, Guy (October 29, 2007). "Echoes of hip hop's heyday". The Globe and Mail. p. R3.
- Kaplan, Ben (January 16, 2008). "'He knows who he is': And you should, too: Why Shad K is Canada's best rapper". National Post. p. AL1.
- Bernad, Adam (August 30, 2011). "Shad Interview". RapReviews.com. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
- Perlich, Tim (February 16, 2006). "Six-string rap: Canuck hiphop threat Shad sticks with guitar". Now. Retrieved July 26, 2011.
- Juicy Stuff - Articles - Music - Just Being Himself - Shad K
- Quinlan, Thomas (October 2005). "Shad: When This Is Over". Exclaim!. Retrieved January 12, 2008.
- Patrick, Ryan B. (June 2009). "Shad Gets It". Exclaim!.
- "Shad nips Drake for rap Juno". Toronto Star. March 27, 2011.
- Ahmed, Osmon (October 1, 2012). "There's No Such Thing As A Setting Sun: An Interview With Shad". Potholes in My Blog.
- Aborisade, Femi (July 16, 2013). "Shad & Skratch Bastid – The Spring Up". Potholes in My Blog.
- Hudson, Alex (July 30, 2013). "Shad Sets Release Date for 'Flying Colours,' Releases New Single". Exclaim!.
- Kabango, Shadrach. "Shad Bloggy Blog". Shad. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
- "Shad K : Shad K Is Just Beginning In Never Ending Talent". Soul Shine Magazine. June 23, 2006.
- "Arts Convocation includes Juno winner Shad". SFU. Retrieved January 23, 2012.