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London ON, Canada (1982 – present)

Shadrach Kabango (born 1982), credited as Shad or Shad K, is a Canadian musician.

Born in Kenya, of Rwandan parents, Shad was raised in London, Ontario. His mother worked in London as a hospital lab technician; his father, as a machinist. He attended London Central Secondary School.

His debut album When This Is Over (2005) was self-made, financed with the $17,500 he won from 91. 5 The Beat’s Rhythm of the Future talent competition during his time as an undergraduate student at Wilfrid Laurier University. The album is recognized for Shad’s self-deprecating lyrics which is often atypical of the current scene and focusing on social causes—for example, the track I’ll Never Understand examines the Rwandan genocide and includes poetry written by his mother, Bernadette Kabango.

In 2007, he was signed by Black Box Recordings and released his second album, The Old Prince. In 2008, The Old Prince received a Juno Award nomination for Rap Recording of the Year, and was nominated for the 2008 Polaris Music Prize. The Album also nominated him for two MMVA Awards and won him a 2009 Indie Award.

In May of 2010, Shad released his third album, TSOL, to excellent reviews and a wider reception than any of his work to date.

Shad is bilingual, speaking English and French. He holds a business degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. He is studying part-time towards a master’s degree in liberal studies at Simon Fraser University.


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  • MidKnight98

    Ya heard like sheep with the flock I get down!

    28 Dec 2014 Reply
  • sjm26b

    Board Pass EP out now w/ DJ T.Lo

    2 Dec 2014 Reply
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  • bodinc

    Flying Colours = awesome

    19 Sep 2014 Reply
  • sjm26b

    Better spell it S-H-A-D-D the way I spazz out

    17 May 2014 Reply
  • johnonymous

    Flying Colours is fucking bonkers. Wow.

    20 Dec 2013 Reply
  • ixab_

    still the biggest thing out of Canada since Pamela's double-Ds [2]

    17 Dec 2013 Reply
  • beatfanatic

    love the new album..

    8 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Dragoon104

    Zaczęło się od czystej kartki brat! Szad Akrobata najlepszy!

    28 Nov 2013 Reply
  • BrokenTel

    Long Jawn is Shad's best song ever. No need for a chorus he slays it.

    19 Nov 2013 Reply
  • ABoyNamedHope

    really just one of the best lyricists ever [2]

    1 Nov 2013 Reply
  • diehappyx33

    I'm a vet, but not the type of vet that's feeling these cats.

    26 Oct 2013 Reply
  • kevinlater

    really just one of the best lyricists ever

    23 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Wise_Guy13

    Really great album. The production has grown far more interesting from his previous albums (which were great too) and he continues to become one of the best lyricists in all of hip hop. GG Shad

    21 Oct 2013 Reply
  • axelboom

    still the biggest thing out of Canada since Pamela's double-Ds

    20 Oct 2013 Reply
  • yearssomuch

    I'm really liking the new album.. Progress is probably my favorite. Oh, and does anyone know if it's 'Progress', or 'Progress Progress'? My Rhapsody client lists the latter.

    18 Oct 2013 Reply
  • chumpchamp

    I get chills throughout the whole album. Such an inspiration. Shad, keep killing it dude, you've got our full love and support!

    16 Oct 2013 Reply
  • JacDG

    Just received the new album by mail, and it's great, which is not really a surprise.

    12 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Chingy314 new shit!!!!!!

    31 Jul 2013 Reply
  • eselv73

    shad & skratch bastid project is great -> only showing 320 listeners... wtf

    23 Jun 2013 Reply
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