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The Spring Up

by Shad + Skratch Bastid

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NJD Turned on to Shad's work through the good guys at WEFUNK Radio. Shad is a gifted poet, a man with a truly unique way with words and his level of interaction with all the samples, like Shuggie Otis, is also unlike any other rapper I've heard out there. Favorite track: Outta My Head.
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sweezy Another affirmation of why Shad deserves more respect, The Spring Up is the type of project you just want to play a few times in a row in order to absorb his dizzying rhymes and strong wit. Favorite track: Peace.
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Rémy Gaudin I've been seriously missing that 80s-90s hip-hop! Good to know someone's still out there rhyming like it matters! Favorite track: Classic (Co-produced by Jazzy Jeff).
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v1- already classic and it hasn't even happened yet Bolt on that 100m dash with the fastest jets stepped on the track and i already lapped the best thats the flex: classic as a jazzy jeff scratching set me and bastid we bout as classic as classic gets classic as a bob cousy pass back to havlicek going back to cali-like going back to snapping necks going back to nazareth classic - know that shad's a vet going over heads like you haven't had your baggage checked cats is vex - they just matched the bet but i stacked the deck all good - i take cash or cheque spitting that classic slang: catchin wrecks mad correct scratch the rest… v2- not trying to preach a sermon i just keep returning to these same proverbs and wise words when i seek discernment they find what i speak disturbin' they say my rappin is country they say that rap in my country is like if keith was urban looking street with the heater burning i smirk and then keep concerning myself real wealth and deeper learning see fashion's just a flash in the pan while classic stays classic till it's fashion again so id rather be the baddest with a pad and a pen then just hot for a minute off some fad or a trend the definition of classic's shad with a gem still bright when the lights of the cameras are dim in the lab on a limb and i been out a while they just cool down but i never down the dial thoroughbred veteran ahead by a thousand miles being this good that could never go out of style could it? classic.. ∞ Shad + Skratch Bastid Classic The Spring Up
v1- i just gotta get out of my head a bit out of the negative out of the pessimist posture of doubt where everythings relative and everyone is my nemesis i just gotta get… out my bed again get back in the game tho i might never win and the fight might never end and nothing is forever every day is heaven sent and everything is better when im out of my head the second im stepping out whenever i look at you the second i left the house the scent of the fresh air the wind that carries us the feeling that we'll get there... (out of my head…) thats when we deal with whats real cant numb… the pain to heal one must feel the hurt for a season but it hurts for a reason done dreaming now im searching for meaning out of my head things are different v2- i just gotta get out of my head a bit out of the negative out of the pessimist posture of doubt where everythings relative and everyone is my nemesis i just gotta get… out my bed again look out my window see thru a better lens look up to the sky and look up to better men the brethren are getting together im getting out of my head not everyone gets to live death is definite the rest isn't guaranteed life is a gift we get to give the world is desperate for us i cant let it get out of my head i cant see truth but i can see proof the worlds not lost whenever i see youth believing in magic i believe we have it see that trick:- poof im out of my head... and im glad to be alive glad to see the sky the sun - i see it rise the love i keep inside it's why i need to rhyme i need to breathe a sigh and let it out… (out of my head) things are different... ∞ Shad + Skratch Bastid Outta My Head The Spring Up
Clappin 01:55
v1- life is like copy right: gotta understand the laws sample kenny rog so you know when your handed cards from the hand of god when you can and cant scam the odds camel jaw spittin on some analog yahamas ... random pause slay like santa claus landing cannonballs on some poor rapper's phantom car and large bank withdrawals kid with the flannel draws and 5-panel on with slang hotter than panama (scratch like a) panda's claw standing tall: man in charge telling my brethren "yo! this land is yalls" fan of flaws: thats why my band of brothers' band is raw jamming songs in a crammed garage on some amped guitars till some fandom blog puts us on to dance with stars: tandem tango with marliyn manson and some slammin broads… and hows this for a tight end: shannon sharpe beats straight kabangin' the man flow demand applause v2- aiight yo coach wants me in time to do this thing and lose the bling - jewels wont fool em they know who's the king b, don't step unless you got smthg new to bring i got 8 hits to my name … still googling money: mo money - no problem but im chillin still 2nd illest villain till doom unconceals his grill prince like viv and phil's kin out from philadel del and dilla freak getting all that weak filler killed f'real f'real... feel the man passion biggest in my field on the field with pants saggin built like cecil field grand slam battin out of left-field on these reels hear the hands clapping ∞ Shad + Skratch Bastid Clappin The Spring Up
v1- if you're city isn't on the map gotta make tracks like leave and get love to take back those that can do those that cant shouldn't say jack but i don't talk about haters haters hate that - funny im that dude based mostly out a suitcase arguing with airports about toothpaste like im not quoting the koran with a vest on who the hell's ever made a bomb made of crest?! armed to the teeth - funny (you owe me 5.99, dog) westjet said let the head rest recline on em so im coolin out flying home thru some cyclones over time zones sky shining like a rhinestone neil diamond mine full of fine poems yall gotta dig when we dig and then grind these refined coals call em gems call up friends when i land back in van like, "dave whats the shplan, man? lets get some sha lin… v2- Mad international, Shad in the passenger Seat, on the beat, it’s a blast like Plaxico Clasico, panoramic scope Transatlantic, you could grab a boat, but I take a plane Take pains with everything I wrote, make sure it’s sounding dope Instagram photos, showing shows to the folks at home, and the span grows Make rap flows, rent a van, go and pack clothes Play some rap shows, get some cash then go back home From British to the District, I spit a sentence Be there in an instant for an instance, so witness Here for a good time not a long time With some good songs and it all rhymes, alright Pent up in the confines of a ride Just to bust out and share the confines of my mind, yeah Dirt City, Real City, I rep Hit me up if you need a sublet, oh yes v3- couple macbook bros making hot songs over hotmail t dotcom back to the future kid with the faster computer brain marry mcshad is the username scratch - we can do the hang hang like a dookie chain master the craft and laugh like it's pootie tang lo city rep, flow gritty plus so pretty shoulder shimmying in my videos like the old ditty busy playing whitney at my neighbours crib bring some whiskey they can sip and stay a bit pray before i make a trip labels wouldn't check for the kid, no babysit no every stage is like home when im playing it hotel check-outs check out the passport miles on the dashboard that was just last tour now im back and im sitting till my back's sore back at the house you can catch me on the back porch ∞ Shad + Skratch Bastid Homie (featuring Cadence Weapon) The Spring Up
Peace 03:24
v1 - what if we cant be this perfect, genius thesis, dean's list virgin, jesus shirt and clean crisp jeans fitted and all straight from the seamstress seamless persons we all fall to pieces what if peace is smthg more than appeasement? if power rules the world, living peacefully is treason defenceless defeating the legions of demons peace isn't pleasing the ppl it's a belief in people above profits prophets that speak for peace more often than not reap their fair share of the beatings it's not naive in the least it's hard fought and the deepest thought and the peak of our reason it's peace v2 - just another young lyricist spittin that unserious it's clear that conscious rap is dead we done hearing it heads feeling that trap cuz we trapped still trapping only the stats still rappin bout how blacks kill black cuz no one wanna hear those facts still thats so 90's thats sending a fax still no paper in that reel/real no paper in that mill half mill plus locked up who wanna listen to that? chill… all we want is peace the poor and the rich from the beaches to the streets so we'd rather hear beats than the sound of the beast now these comics is prophets see the clown as he weeps crack jokes, crack eggs for a feast got us all scrambled: gotta beat em just to eat and it's not taught which teaches to repeat this strong strange cycle violence now whats harder than peace it's not naive in the least it's hard fought its the deepest thought and the one thing we seek it's not just talk when we meet when we greet when we grieve when we leave the last word we speak chris hedges: hope has a cost hope is not comfortable or easy hope requires personal risk it is not about the right attitude or peace of mind hope is action hope is doing smthg hope never makes sense hope is weak, unorganized and absurd hope which is always non-violent exposes in it's powerlessness the lies, fraud, and coercion (of the state) hope posits that ppl are drawn to the good by the good this is the secret of hope's power hope does not separate us from them hope sees in our enemy our own face ∞ Shad + Skratch Bastid Peace The Spring Up


The Spring Up is the result of fortunate timing, grapefruit Perrier, a shared high school obsession with Outkast's Aquemeni, and a couple of sessions at Skratch Bastid's Toronto studio this April. The 5 track collection marks a moment in time for the pair; embodying the spirit of Spring and also serving as a sort of prelude to Shad's upcoming full-length, to which Skratch Bastid also contributes. The collection features a production assist from DJ Jazzy Jeff, and a turn on the mic from compatriot Cadence Weapon.


released June 12, 2013

Synth and Bass on Peace by I. W. K. Koiter.
Speech on Peace by Chris Hedges
Mixed by Elijah Walsh
Cover art by Gaurav Sawhney | Photo by Matthew Bokor

Shad appears c/o Black Box Music





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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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