13 Songs, 55 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On Flying Colours’ infectious mix of old-school and new-world hip-hop, you can hear Shad negotiating the existential ennui that people all over the world endure. But he manages to transcend malaise by expressing his hope for the future. Standout tracks like “Stylin’,” “Fam Jam (Fe Sum Immigrins),” and the Lights-illuminated “Remember to Remember” come packaged in deep but sunny beats, with Shad executing a deft lyrical balancing act between earnestness, humour, and cautious optimism.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On Flying Colours’ infectious mix of old-school and new-world hip-hop, you can hear Shad negotiating the existential ennui that people all over the world endure. But he manages to transcend malaise by expressing his hope for the future. Standout tracks like “Stylin’,” “Fam Jam (Fe Sum Immigrins),” and the Lights-illuminated “Remember to Remember” come packaged in deep but sunny beats, with Shad executing a deft lyrical balancing act between earnestness, humour, and cautious optimism.

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About Shad

Kenyan born (but Canadian based) rapper Shad (born Shadrach Kabango in 1982) was able to release his debut album, 2005's When This Is Over, after winning nearly $20,000 in a Kitchener-Waterloo radio station talent competition. The album was a critical hit, featuring socially conscious lyrics, and won him a deal with Black Box Recordings. His second album, The Old Prince, dropped on October 16, 2007. In 2008, Shad and his Old Prince were nominated for Rap Recording of the Year at that edition of the Canadian Juno Awards music ceremony. ~ Chris True

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