Shad gets his press game on with a publication out of Colorado Springs called The Independent. Solid likkle read. Here’s a taste or click below to read the whole thing!
Listen to Shad’s new album, TSOL, and you’ll quickly realize that this is not your father’s gangsta rap or, for that matter, your grandfather’s Sugar Hill gang.
It’s not that Shad — whose 2007 album, The Old Prince, was one of five finalists for Canada’s prestigious Juno Award — is turning his back on hip-hop history. It’s just that when he does look over his shoulder, he’s more likely to be checking out early ’90s innovators like the Pharcyde and De La Soul.
In fact, the Canadian hip-hop phenom’s recent “Rose Garden” video is an homage to “Drop,” the Pharcyde video that Stereogum named one of the “Best Backwards Videos of All Time.” At the end of Shad’s version, most of which also runs backward, he finds his friend watching a video and asks what it is.
“It’s the Pharcyde,” his friend answers. “Oh cool,” says Shad, easing into a chair to watch. “Never heard of ‘em.”
Seeing a bunch of Montreal cats fully immersed in the hip-hop politics of their own city (see last segment of the video) reminds me of something I’ve always wanted to touch on but never had a post that’s inspired me to do it so this one will have to do.
We all know Toronto’s got a mystique about it when it comes to its place in Canadian hip-hop history. But as Torontonians, I don’t think it’s cool for us, when we’ve embraced artists that’ve transplanted themselves from their hometown to our city, to act like those hometowns aren’t worth recognizing. F*ck that. Props to Mount Real for giving us the hustle Famous has brought to our local scene; shouts to Sarnia for the talent that is Slakah The Beatchild. Big up to London for being the hometown of one of the premier artists in the game right now – Shad. I could go on.
My primary point isn’t to say Toronto should disassociate itself from out-of-town transplants who weren’t born and raised in Toronto (of course not); it’s that we should ALWAYS RECOGNIZE the cities these artists came from and the critical role those cities played in shaping their identities; regardless of how we perceive these places to be within the narcissistic context of our own love for our city.
Could you imagine how far down the hip-hop ladder of relevance Toronto would be right now if all the sick talent that came out of here was simply embraced as American or if our artists had tried to downplay the fact that they were from Toronto? Point is, every city has to start getting its respect somewhere with someone.
And it goes both ways, so artists from out-of-town that try to play up their Toronto-ness at the expense of downplaying their hometown – stop that shit. Snubbing your hometown for the sake of being down with another city is just weak man. Be proud of YOUR story and the hometown that played a part in making you who you are.
More from AUX-TV’s current vaults (y’all need to go diggin’ in there; tons of interesting interviews & clips) as I.E. talks Borough- hip-hop, production styles, the lost elements and such with one of Hilltop’s finest – Tona – during the Toronto Meet Brooklyn show in NYC.
Via TOFLO! Doubt any other artist as been commissioned as much as Colin Munroe in the past year for hook duties. Here he helps out Nottz and Asher Roth for “My Neighbor”. Off of Asher Roth & Nottz upcoming collaboration project Rawth.
Ty Harper | Audio,Music | Saturday, October 23rd, 2010
First pre-leak from Andreena’s upcoming “All Eyes On Me” project. It’s a pre-leak cuz apparently some of these songs are extras that may not make the actual album (shouts to Chase on the clarity). Either way look for more pre-leaks and leaks leading up to the official album release November 11th.
Deejays you get the Dirty, Clean, Acapella & Instrumental.
Congrats to the whole Roundtable fam for 4 years of one of the dopest events in the city. Tonight’s gonna be crazy fo’ sho! To celebrate, here’s a likkle mini-mix courtesy of DJ Riccachet of Sweet Touch Foundation. Straight T.O. heat for 17:28 minutes featuring the likes of JD Era, k-os, Soxx, Blake Carrington, Drizzy, Rich Kidd, Tona, Adam Bomb, Ayah, Kim Davis and more! Bom. See you tonight kiddies.