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Black Averageness

by Shad

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[Understanding our limitations as human beings]

"Just a funny song but relates to the overall theme in that it affirms the humanity of ordinary Black folks. It affirms that to be human is to have limited abilities" - Shad


-- Lyrics --

(So you’ve heard of Black Excellence
I love Black Excellence
Unfortunately this is not that
This is something different
Check it out)

I’m one of a billion
Paying the bills, man
Bills fan
Live in a building
My only drama’s all my children/All My Children
I’m chilling
We ayyyt
Not broke not rich
Only chalet that we going to is “Swiss”
I relate to a Fred Van vleet:
Im like swish, or I miss
Bish, you basic!
Well it is what it is
Look I say that I’m busy
Not that busy though
I’m not Diddy
Look at the video
Wifey works for the city
Pension’s litty
Y’all should retire
I do admire
Those who aspire
But I don’t really
Not trying to be flyer—
Canadian Tire
Life for us is already often catastrophic
So shout out all my Africans
Who learn to data process
To fatten up the pockets
Deal with racist bosses
Stanley at The Office
Turn it off and watch this

If you fall — Ok
Only ball ok
I just want you to know
That that’s all ok
If you just rap ok
Only trap ok
And you sing ok
Like Karaoke say… Oh!

I’m a bizarre person
I look regular like a Levar Burton
more into the Star Trek than the Star Search
I'm hard workin
Shad is savage
Not a caddy
I'm just Black with baggage
Daddy with a daughter
I'd be happy if she match the average
People want to be bad but I won't
People want me to like jazz but I don't
wish I did
too many notes
Can I live?
At my crib?
We just folks
I'm a man, why I wanna be a GOAT?
I just wanna see us cope
we either stars or we broke
Like you either make em laugh or youre a joke
I'm like nope
I have every right to be
like a B or C
with a durag on while i ski
they dont get it
melanin paramedics
dentists, dental hygenists
or deliverin for UPS or Fed EX
Pops said it

If you fall — Ok
Only ball ok
I just want you to know
That that’s all ok
If you just rap ok
Only trap ok
And you sing ok
Like Karaoke say… Oh!


released September 28, 2021
2021 Shad under exclusive license to Secret City Records Inc.

Shad - Vocals

Produced by DJ T Lo


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Shad Toronto, Ontario

Shad is a Juno Award-winning rapper from London, Ontario and the host of Netflix’s Hip-Hop Evolution. His albums have been recognized for their sharp lyrics and soulful arrangements.

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