Sonic Diet

Shad: TSOL

Shad

“Call Waiting”

“Yaa I Get It”

One of our favorite releases this week is Shad’s TSOL, out on Decon Records. Shad’s [Shadrach Kebango]output is diverse in sound and modest in lyricism. The Ontario resident digs into relatable topics, but knowingly hands out the realization that being relatable can veer into boring territory. Because of this, Shad really shines — he can make fun of himself, even rapping, “I hope I ain’t boring y’all rappin’ ’bout rap/ But the only thing I love more than rappin’ is nappin’/ And I know nobody want to hear me rap about that.” Shad’s level head and love of golden soul sounds floated over dense beats make TSOL an album worth spending time with and this isn’t his first acclaimed release. 2005’s When This is Over and 2007’s The Old Prince were excellent starting blocks for Shad’s current pace with soulful success, getting props from Kanye and being nominated for awards [Juno and Polaris].

With TSOL, Shad recently played out the background on each track on Spinner. In regards to “Yaa I Get It” (listen above), he explains, “‘I got this beat a long time ago and was like, ‘Wow, this beat’s pretty sick, it hits pretty hard.’ So I just wanted to rap on it. There was no idea for a chorus. I had different ideas of where to stop the song, but eventually decided to keep going for a while. It’s just fun, just rhymes about a whole range of stuff. I liked it as a phrase, how laid back it was, even though it’s such a hard beat. And yeah, the rhymes go in a few directions. The Method Man line isn’t a diss. I’m clarifying that officially on Spinner! That’s just me rapping and going.” ‘

Advertisements
This entry was published on October 7, 2010 at 9:44 pm. It’s filed under General and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: