If you caught the documentary series Hip Hop Evolution, the name Shad is already all-too-familiar. Born in Kenya to Rwandan parents and raised in Ontario, Shadrach Kabango’s background has lent itself not only to the multicultural style of his music but indeed the societal commentary he brings to his lyrics.
It’s been thirteen years since his debut and currently Shad is five albums in and an internationally-recognized commander of Canadian hip-hop, especially given his hosting duties for the Emmy winning HBO/Netflix series Hip Hop Evolution. At the end of this week Shad releases his sixth record A Short Story About A War – a full-length blending real world observations against a fictional world’s backdrop and featuring contributions from Kaytranada and Lido Pimienta, just to name a few.
Shad’s about to hit the road for a Canadian-American tour, and to prep you for A Short Story About A War, here’s some positive energy in light of adversity, “The Fool Pt. 1 (Get It Got It Good)“!