Shad (rapper)

Shad (rapper)

Infobox Musical artist
Name = Shad

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Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Shadrach Kabango
Alias = Shad K.
Born = 1982
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Origin = London, Ontario, Canada
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Genre = Hip hop
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Years_active = 2005–present
Label = Black Box
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Shadrach Kabango (born 1982), known professionally as Shad, is a Canadian hip hop musician.

Born in Kenya, of Rwandan parents, Shad was raised in London, Ontario.cite news| last =Dixon| first =Guy| title =Echoes of hip hop's heyday| page =R3| publisher ="The Globe and Mail"| date=2007-10-29 ] His mother worked in London as a hospital lab technician; his father, as a machinist. [cite news| last =Kaplan| first =Ben| title ='He knows who he is': And you should, too: Why Shad K is Canada's best rapper| page =AL1| publisher ="National Post"| date =2008-01-16| ]

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. [cite news| last =Perlich| first =Tim| title =Six-string r
publisher =Now"| date =2006-02-16| url =| accessdate =2008-01-12
] The album is recognized for lyrics deprecating the typical rap scene [ [ Juicy Stuff - Articles - Music - Just Being Himself - Shad K ] ] 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. [cite news| last =Quinlan| first =Thomas| title =Shad: When This Is Over| publisher ="Exclaim!"| date =October 2005| url =| accessdate =2008-01-12 ] [] 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 third annual Polaris Music Prize.

Music critics have compared his style to that of K-os and of Common, and also to a "London (England) sound circa 1990".

Shad is bilingual, speaking English and French. He holds a business degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. [ [ Shad K : Shad K Is Just Beginning In Never Ending Talent : Soul Shine Magazine ] ] He is studying part-time towards a master's degree in liberal studies at Simon Fraser University.cite news | url= | publisher="London Free Press" | accessdate=2008-03-06 | date=26 January 2008 | title=Our prince of rap | first=James | last=Reaney]


*2005: "When This Is Over"
*2007: "The Old Prince"

*I Don't Really Like To
*Brother (Watching)
*The Old Prince Still Lives At Home


External links

* [ Shad] official site
* [ Shad] at CBC Radio 3
* [ Juno Nominees] 2008 Juno Nominees
* [ Interview with Shad K]

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