Shad Vancouver, British Columbia

Shad is a Juno Award winning rapper and 3-time Polaris Music Prize shortlist nominee from London, Ontario. His 4 full-length albums have been recognized for their sharp lyrics and soulful arrangements.

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Track Name: Shad & DJ T.Lo - Fire

rap genius - heads sayin he should blow (he should tho)
rap genius - got good quotes and footnotes
look - who else spittin the most urgent
most soul-searchin perfectly dope verses
and no curses
ask any analyst, journalist, panelist
whos canada's unimanimous circa 98 canibus
ambulance vans when my jams spin - it's calamitous
sendin bands into banishment
dammit i need no laminate - yall know the name
im the rap game villain
shad k. back stage in the bat cave chillin
bumpin bad brains with a bad dame
wheelin in the fast lane
rugrat still these cats cant kill him
kids talkin bout, "i just need a co-sign - one break!"
all i need's a drum break and one take
im unsafe - yall soft as sunday brunch dates with bundt cake
got crowds jumpin like i just done a pump fake
man this is just 1/8th - just a morsel
i got more flows
yall just mortals, even moreso
this is morse code from the north pole
to warn folks:
the storm crow's comin thru your war zone
lords knows i was born dope
goin back like corn rows
i amaze (i am maize) like corn rows
pure jokes still i can rage like hormones
im a oracle, im next level: warp zone
the forbes shows what they net
but im more gross - sick as a sore throat
the kid isnt normal
hard core flows but he spit with a warm tone
the whip isnt much but his chick is a norah jones
im eatin all yall food by the fork load
golden arches or ol girl with the orange fro
no actually i'll have your pork roast and orzo
make a short toast then pop the cork off the bordeaux
i could hold court with the foremost
i could tour coasts or teach a course load
at the sorbonne
forget 4 bars - every quarter note's historical
when i perform poems
im a force, im a horror show
man im in my z---, im in your zone
im on your porch, in your home
takin everything like it foreclosed
just me and t
stakin claims, takin names
i guess some things stay the same
still the champ
Track Name: Shad & DJ T.Lo - Always Winnin'

(I'm loving this generation)

(Y'all cats know we always play to win)
Said I'm always winning
(Y'all cats know we always play to win)

[Verse 1]
Feel me, grown man
Back off the road and in my own home, watching Homeland
And romancing with a mean girl, Lohan
Trying to deprogram, Detox, lace the Reeboks
Set a screen pop then shoot a three off
Then green out with deep thoughts, watching NBC Peacock
Grizz, we stop not, till we EGOT
Quote Jack Donaghy, pro Black Donnely
Punk Pope Francis with a dope rap homily, yo
I read some Facebook posts and I open TextEdit
Cause I don't blog or Twitter, yaa, I get-get it
And I kinda get Reddit but I don't really get credit
Not like respect, like actually, I don't really get credit
I don't got a credit card, good, no debts yet
At times I go to pay and they say "Yo, we don't accept debit"
Don't accept cash? Well, you make us have to get in debt
It makes me wanna talk Illuminati on my next record
Also rappings who go "I don't really get credit"
I don't know, I'm pretty sure I'm the best at it
Couple get close when they grind like Next
You know, baby when we're grinding, that's "Too Close" by Next
Check it, Shad's on that silly swag
Jeans got that T-Boz and chilly sag
Seven minute epic rap Iliads
Young black genius, some cats really mad
Even political when I boast now I Billy Bragg
So from punk rockers to gun cockers from dumb jocks to
Young doctors are all saying that I come proper
Like "I knew he had lyrics, but that was a fun concert"
Haters can hate, I'm unbothered, the bottom line is
I'm always winning


[Verse 2]
I said I'm always winning
Kind of rhymes that got the mommies grinning
Army print and vintage Tommy in my laundry spinning
Speaking of mommies, lot of people call me Pops
Because I'm always watching kids, trying to get it popping
With a couple little poppy hits and they might pop a bit
But look who's popping Cris in the post season, Popovich
Champagne Papi, but I started from the opposite of bottom
Still on top of it, my dominance is Duncan-esque
The rest is overhyped, these punks is under prepped
And soft as One Direction while I'm sharp enough to puncture flesh
One punch should get you stumbling like a drunken mess
Lungs compress, stuck in a stretcher until they run some test
Uncontestable, born to rest, sun is blessed
So I'mma bring the pressure, I'm even better in sudden death
Forever unimpressed, I'm clever, no wonder heads
Pirate this like discovering treasure in the sunken chest
Motherfunking fresh, the sound of thunder over rumbling jet
Coming from the west where the sun gets set
Not a Brit, but still a London rep
Like I'm double deck busses, watch me bust this like a hundred tecs
IQ measure by one question, who wanna mess
With brother S.K.? Say yes, and you the dumbest yet
Humble vet, still running with anyone that steps
'Til every tongue confesses that your boy belong among the best
Always winning

Track Name: Shad & DJ T.Lo - Hang On
so you know
dudes complain
about distribution
the game
them radio station's
the same
but maybe they aint
playin too much music
on much music
cuz there aint much music
out here with much to it…
when the music's plays
we aint saying too
much through it
we just add to
the ads
we just do it
then get mad
when they don't
add us…
now they love louis ck
and david chapelle
'cause the truth is
speaking more truth
than we in music
like we traded mediums
now we the ones
that act foolish...
plus we need to laugh
cuz peep the stats
see the facts
that murder in
aint even half
so we either laugh
or we crying
and if thats
then we dying
so we quiet now
aint a lot of
rappers really trying
we goin out without as
much as a sound
rest in peace much music
rest in peace mike brown
this is right now/

my man said he cant
pipe down
they putting pipelines
right through the grounds
in my town
im waking up too
with too much music
to write down
thats what we fight now
we fight pride
and fight doubt/
lights out
i tell em listen
this system takin' my hope away
thats like me not comin up with smthg dope to say
it only motivates
im so awake
im dreaming of teaming up more mentors and proteges
to go and play on this field
shoulder-to-shoulder blade
steel-like composure
flow's real/reel like a roll of tape
how the young boy make it feel like the golden age
but still so forward - this warrior's like golden state
overstanding like golden gate
these gold bars - worth more than some gold record
or golden chain
take that momentum, don't let it go to waste
feel the faith growin everyday
stay strong, hang on...

and one time
for my heroes on the frontlines
saving young lives on the daily
still driven hyundais
up at sunrise
see the sunshine
and when you come undone
try to just hang on
a hot minute
hang on
im not finished
stop, listen
the old prince story
the plot thickens
hang on
i saw a vision
then lost
then caught a glimpse again
saw it off in the distance
im walkin out on a mission
the picture is always slipping
this talking is how i hang on
hands on
keep grippin to it and stand strong
put that resistance, that commitment
in a dance song
for all the children that the banks didn't bank on
for all the sistren thats sick of no understanding
played slow pitch
but wont hit if they underhanded
once abandoned but know what a loving man is
and that trust aint too much to demand
from a companion. hang on
im russell brand entwined with hustle man
im from london, from the motherland,
from another planet
from the underground rubble
ive risen up from atlantis
now im spitting for the humble in the struggle
hang on.
Track Name: Shad & DJ T.Lo - Take Flight

me and t back at it
leavin mics broke
playin thru the feedback static
write dope for the weed rap addicts
like smoke girls breath bad -
make they whole team asthmatic
(*gasp* i cant breathe!)
when they see shad - gaspin
dashin, too fly
i swear i should wear a ski mask rappin for em
front row at my knee caps grabbin
ungh - now u got me back braggin
like we need that swag
ok - i dont really like to
t's in the aisle seat
tryna get a sprite from the flight crew
meanwhile im workin on my night snooze
red-eye, my dudes steppin in flights like some nike shoes
on a different runway: red-dye nice suit
cuz t got them neck-tie tight loops
it's indecent how i adress
for the spring season
so fresh go get it on your itunes

and thats how we take flight

the glory days
who wouldve thought forming at laurier
would correlate to tourin in 6 countries
and 40 states
early mornings on board after performin late
in a foreign place
im still feelin the warm embrace
still got more to say
still clever with rhymes
never declinin
still gettin better with time - i would say like wine
but i never been whinin
like nevermind the weather, im shinnin
with the divine when we get in alignment
check the devilish smile
irreverent reverend, rebellious- minded
saint in the flesh
thats a blessing disguised
i can get it whenever, forever as diamonds
thats coal under-pressure, been a treasure to find
this flow, this soul, this heaven inside
this poet's goal is gettin ya high
im fly as seven wings
on another level than sky

and thats... thats how we take flight
Track Name: Shad & DJ T.Lo - Knock

when opportunity knocked
i had to stand up and come forward
and run towards it
from jump i didn't want more than
just to make it thru that front door without frontin
just one tour, maybe one more
then suddenly
the next opportunity knocked and said open up
one show
if you're dope enough theyll know whats up
and sm1 in the front row will notice ya and go home
and download some stuff and then show it to
the next opportunity
soon you might have a platform
fans to rap for, stamps in your passport,
some bank - some backboard
amped up - patch cord - im plugged in
eyes focused on that door
the opportunity to give smthg, see it clear
you need to be aware
to seize it, to see it's there
it might not reappear
no need to fear, just one thing you need to hear
that knock
now let it drop…

i still hear that knock in my dreams (X3)
that's why theres no stopping my dreams

sundays i read the times on my iphone
then sit down and read the times with my eyes closed
… i feel the winds chillin my bones
change is in the air and it's blown like cyclones
see i was raised in the where jay said
if you wanna feed the poor, you gotta make bread
… we forgot how to break bread
and give thanks and never give up givin - we'll stay fed
now that that day's dead, it's all team biz
we need kings that serve and queens to lead this
less tuition more each one teaches
chuuuch - less preachers more jesus
trust i hear justice at the door knockin
saying the ppl need more options
and i don't mean more coke cans or more soap brands
cuz more often than not
the word "choice" just means more shopping
and less for the boys on the floor stockin
we got a lot less voice tho theres more talking
the door's open on that lie now, we see through it
eyes closed - i read the times and i see music
it's time for regrouping
for less ppl trying to be somebody, more ppl trying to be human
before i leave the room im trying to keep doing
keep the door open so we can move in
let's go…

i still hear that knock in my dreams (X3)
that's why theres no stopping my dreams