Shad & DJ T​.​Lo - Hang On

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After hitting the road promoting Shad's latest, Flying Colours, longtime touring partners, Shad and DJ T.Lo, hooked up to complete 'Boarding Pass.' The 5 song EP features seasoned Producer and Turntablist DJ T.Lo handling all duties on the boards with Shad exclusively on the mic. Together the pair expresses their shared passion for the music; flexing the skills they've been enthusiastically developing over nearly a decade of work together.

artwork by V


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.


from Boarding Pass EP, track released November 17, 2014




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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