TSOL (album)

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Studio album by Shad
Released May 25, 2010 (Canada)
October 5, 2010 (U.S.)
Genre Canadian hip hop
Label Black Box, Decon
Shad chronology
The Old Prince
(2007)The Old Prince2007
Flying Colours
(2013)Flying Colours2013

TSOL is the third album by Canadian rapper Shad, released in Canada on May 25, 2010[1] and in the United States on October 5, 2010.[2] It is his second album released on Black Box Recordings, and his first album of new material since 2007's Polaris Music Prize-nominated The Old Prince.

The first single, "Yaa I Get It", was released in April 2010. A music video was released on April 20.[3][4]

The album was a shortlisted nominee for the 2010 Polaris Music Prize.[5] The album won Rap Recording of the Year at the 2011 Juno Awards.


The album was supported with a cross-Canada tour, featuring opening acts Grand Analog in Western Canada and D-Sisive in Ontario.[6]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk (95%) [7]
HipHopDX 4/5 stars[8]
Pitchfork Media (7.2/10.0) [9]
Robert Christgau (A-) [10]
RapReviews (8.5/10) [11]

TSOL received critical acclaim, according to Metacritic.[12] David Amidon of PopMatters said that album was "extremely rhythmically pleasing."[13]

The album was ranked number two in Exclaim!'s 2010 hip-hop rankings, with the magazine writing that Shad is "the rare MC who conveys wisdom without being preachy. More than anything, he's versatile, able to seamlessly switch from fierce, hilarious battle raps on "Yaa I Get It" to heartfelt reflection over the contemplative piano and guitars of "At the Same Time" without seeming contradictory."[14]

Track listing[edit]

# Title Producer(s) Featured guest(s)
1. "Intro" DJ T Lo and I.K. Koiter
2. "Rose Garden" DJ T Lo Lisa Lobsinger
3. "Keep Shining" Ric Notes Lady Londa
4. "Lucky 1's" me&john Ian Kamau, Brendan Canning, Lisa Lobsinger
5. "A Good Name" Classified
6. "We Are the Ones (Reservoir Poetry)" Rel McCoy Rel McCoy
7. "Telephone" DJ T Lo Lisa Lobsinger
8. "Call Waiting (Interlude)" Ric Notes
9. "Yaa I Get It" EOM (re-worked by Me&John)
10. "Listen" Rich Kidd Brett Fliesser
11. "At the Same Time" Heights Justin Nozuka
12. "We, Myself and I" Me&John
13. "Outro"
14. "It's About Time (Bonus Track)" Rich Kidd Promise


Chart (2010) Peak
Canadian Albums Chart[15] 24