Shad on Sound Session (2014) (video)

Posted in Artists, Interviews, Sound Session on October 4th, 2014 by Hyphen

One of the best writers in hip-hop, one of our favorite artists, and one of our best friends, the incomparable Shad, visited Sound Session to speak with J. Moore and I recently. We discussed a variety of topics, exploring what it’s like coming up in Canada making his style of music, winning the Rap Juno Award (Canadian Grammy) over his countryman Drake, and how he chooses to promote himself in the US market. He also spoke about his last album, Flying Colours, and his plans to take the follow up project in a new direction, before running through a lightning round of questions covering 90’s sit-coms, left handed basketball players, his favorite sneakers, and more.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Shad represents everything I love about hip-hop and I cosign literally every song/message he’s put out into the world.  Very talented, very humble, and very intelligent, I wish more artists would follow in his footsteps.

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Shad – Progress (Part 1: American Pie, Part 2: The Future is Here) (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on September 20th, 2014 by Hyphen

These are the kinds of songs that simply put Shad on a level that few other artists can touch.  Truly next level in his message and his delivery.  Wow.

Words from the director, Justin Broadbent:

“The death of music is similar to the death of visual art. The online, numb, browsing experience has (naturally) started to effect the current state of art. We’ve become a Tumblr’d culture, over Googled, educated and bored in 4 seconds or shorter.

“I made a non-music video for Shad’s “Progress”. It’s a website. It’s a comment on the state of art and also maybe the only video that could attach to such an intensely accurate and poignant song for our generation. It is like the movie credits to now. Tumblr on.”

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Shad ft. Saukrates – Stylin’ (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on August 4th, 2013 by Hyphen

Shad’s lead single from his upcoming Flying Colours album.  I mean…I don’t even have to say anything at this point.  Dope beat from Skratch Bastid, smooth hook from Sox, and Shad does what Shad does.  That second verse though.  Damn.


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Shad – Flying Colours (preview)

Posted in Artists, Live Performances, Music Videos, Videos on July 4th, 2013 by Hyphen

Similar to my favorite “freestyle” video of all time, Shad went in on the “Grammy Family” beat for about 7 minutes and absolutely murdered it.  So many bars, so much knowledge.  Best writer in the game, imo.  Peep the lyrics here.

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Shad & Skratch Bastid – The Spring Up

Posted in Artists, Mixtapes on June 15th, 2013 by Hyphen

The Spring Up

The homey, and still my vote for the best writer in the game, Shad, just dropped a new EP with Skratch Bastid (one of the dopest DJ’s in the world, if you’re sleeping).  Download the quickstrike right here:

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.

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J Shiltz ft. Junia-T – From The Soul (video)

Posted in Artists, Joints, Music Videos on May 5th, 2013 by Hyphen

I’m definitely feeling pretty much anything associated with the Smash Brovaz right now. Junia-T helps out J Shiltz on this Relic produced gem, talking about the realness.

Download the song (and clean/instrumental for my DJ friends) here –

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Promise ft. Slakah The BeatChild – Somebody Else (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on November 29th, 2012 by Hyphen

Slakah might be the most underrated vocalist in R&B, plus he’s nice on production.  The beat here was handled by LordQuest though and this is featured on Promise’s new album, Awakening, which you can peep here.

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Shad – It Ain’t Over (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on November 1st, 2012 by Hyphen

Slow day here at the office for my day job, so I figured I’d catch up on some Hyphen emails and then BOOM. I see the new video from my homey SK in the inbox!  Another great one off his old school inspired EP, Melancholy and the Infinite Shadness, which you can download here.

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Nardwuar vs. Curren$y, Pt. 3: The Nard Strikes Back!

Posted in Artists, Other Peoples' Interviews, Videos on June 3rd, 2012 by Hyphen

As I mentioned before, there are few things better than a Curren$y and Nardwuar conversation. I mean, just look at the frame above. Simply awesome.

“…and now she grants wishes!?!?!?”

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The Airplane Boys – Beau Monde (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on April 22nd, 2012 by Hyphen

My favorite track from The Airplane Boys’ latest project, Alignment, gets the visual treatment courtesy of Directors Warren Credo and Justin Create.  If you’re feeling it, be sure to download the tape right here.

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