|Birth name||Shadrach Kabango|
|Also known as||Shad K.|
July 18, 1982 |
|Genres||Alternative hip hop|
|Labels||Black Box Music, Decon|
|Associated acts||Lights, Saukrates, Skratch Bastid, City and Colour|
Shadrach Kabango (born July 18, 1982), better known by his stage name Shad or Shad K., is a Canadian alternative hip hop recording artist and broadcaster. He was named as the new host of the CBC Radio One program q in March 2015.
Born in Kenya, of Rwandan parents, Shad was raised in London, Ontario. His mother worked in a London hospital as a medical lab technologist; his father as a machinist. He attended the École secondaire Gabriel-Dumont.
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 honest lyrics and focus 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, Shad was signed by Black Box Recordings for a three-album deal and released his second album, The Old Prince. In 2008, that album received a Juno Award nomination for Rap Recording of the Year, and was a short-list nominee 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 a short-list nominee for the 2010 Polaris Music Prize, received a nomination for 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.".
In June 2013, Shad released a collaborative EP with Skratch Bastid entitled The Spring Up. Shad's fourth album, Flying Colours, was released on October 15, 2013. This album was nominated for a Juno Award for Rap Recording of the Year in 2014, and was also a short-list nominee for the 2014 Polaris Music Prize.
Hip Hop Evolution (documentary series)
In the 4-part documentary series Hip Hop Evolution, Shad interviewed multiple noted hip-hop and rap artists to explore the origins of this music genre. This documentary was featured in 2016 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and shown on HBO Canada On December 2, 2016 Netflix released the 4-part series adding to the hype around The Get Down, which is akin to The Wiz meets Marvel comics telling the early story of hip-hop in the Bronx. Hip Hop Evolution features in-depth, personal interviews with earliest progenitors of DJing, rapping, and production including DJ Hollywood, Russell Simmons, and Coke La Rock adding to the existing understanding of hip-hop's earliest decades. The first episode documents the history of the first hip-hop party at 1520 Sedgewick Ave in the Bronx where DJ Kool Herc aka Clive Campbell emerged as a godfather of the tradition. The role of Kool Herc's sister played, revealing the normative patriarchal bias that excludes girls and women from hip-hop's unfolding. Reviews promoting the streaming Netflix series appeared in The Fader and on the Team Backpack website among others.
- When This Is Over (2005)
- The Old Prince (2007)
- TSOL (2010)
- Flying Colours (2013)
- Adult Contempt (2016) (as Your Boy Tony Braxton)
- La Cassette Mixée (2007)
- Besides (2011)
- Two Songs (2011) (with Dallas Green)
- Melancholy and the Infinite Shadness (2012)
- The Spring Up (2013) (with Skratch Bastid)
- Holy Shad (2014) (with Holy Fuck)
- Boarding Pass (2014) (with DJ T.LO)
- "I Don't Like To" (2008)
- "Brother (Watching)" (2008)
- "The Old Prince Still Lives at Home" (2008)
- "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 Ain't Over" (2012)
- "Stylin'" (2013)
- "Fam Jam (Fe Sum Immigrins)" (2013)
- Promise - "Shy Guy" from More Than Music (2008)
- Hey Ocean! - "Vagabond" from It's Easier to Be Somebody Else (2008)
- Blue Scholars - "The Dawn Song" from Bayani: Redux (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)
- Pete Lawrie - "All That We Keep (River Kids Remix)" (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)
- The Slakadeliqs - "Beneath It All" from The Other Side of Tomorrow (2012)
- Lushlife - "Gymnopedie 1.2" from Plateau Vision (2012)
- k-os - "Spraying My Pen" from Black on Blonde (2013)
- Mr. J. Medeiros - "Pale Blue Dot" 20Syl Remix" (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)
- Def3 - "The Truth" from Wildlif3 (2014)
- k-os - "Boyz II Men" from Can't Fly Without Gravity (2015)
- Homeboy Sandman - "Earth, Wind, Fire" from Kindness for Weakness (2016)
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