13 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Shad is, at once, one of the most affable MCs in Canadian hip-hop and its most intensely philosophical. After flirting with yacht-rocking R&B alter ego Your Boy Tony Braxton on 2016’s Adult Contempt, the Kenya-born, Toronto-based MC reassumes his name with a renewed righteous indignation on his sixth studio LP. It's an audacious concept album about a dystopian, desert-covered fictional world that, naturally, resembles the one we could soon be living in.

The album’s pressing topical concerns—the ravages of war, capitalism, gentrification, authoritarian abuses of power—push Shad toward some of the most furious performances of his career. On the alternately horrifying and hilarious “The Revolution/The Establishment,” he adopts the voice of an enraged anti-government activist with an Eminem-like fervor over a tense trap beat; the track then switches into a cool neo-soul groove, and Shad slips into the role of the pencil-pushing bureaucrat who claims he’s just following orders. But the album’s heavy subject matter is offset by a freewheeling musical spirit, with Shad’s voluminous lyrics threading the needle through jubilant Dixieland gospel (“The Fool Pt. 1 [Get It Got It Good]”), jazzy urban poetry (“Another Year”), and brass-blasted boom bap (“All I Need”).

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Shad is, at once, one of the most affable MCs in Canadian hip-hop and its most intensely philosophical. After flirting with yacht-rocking R&B alter ego Your Boy Tony Braxton on 2016’s Adult Contempt, the Kenya-born, Toronto-based MC reassumes his name with a renewed righteous indignation on his sixth studio LP. It's an audacious concept album about a dystopian, desert-covered fictional world that, naturally, resembles the one we could soon be living in.

The album’s pressing topical concerns—the ravages of war, capitalism, gentrification, authoritarian abuses of power—push Shad toward some of the most furious performances of his career. On the alternately horrifying and hilarious “The Revolution/The Establishment,” he adopts the voice of an enraged anti-government activist with an Eminem-like fervor over a tense trap beat; the track then switches into a cool neo-soul groove, and Shad slips into the role of the pencil-pushing bureaucrat who claims he’s just following orders. But the album’s heavy subject matter is offset by a freewheeling musical spirit, with Shad’s voluminous lyrics threading the needle through jubilant Dixieland gospel (“The Fool Pt. 1 [Get It Got It Good]”), jazzy urban poetry (“Another Year”), and brass-blasted boom bap (“All I Need”).

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Ratings and Reviews

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J-D-T- ,

Shad at his best

This album is different than most new records coming out today. Though this album has some great individual songs, it is best enjoyed in its entirety. Shad has always had clever lyrics, but this album he focuses his creativity more in the narative than in punchlines. I think it is his best work yet and I have it on repeat. It is a true piece of art.

MotaJay ,

A True Masterpiece

If you know Shad and his past work then you should have some idea of what to expect. Greatness !!! His ability to convey fictional characters that reflect real world issues are impressive and thought provoking.
The way the short story aspect is woven through out the whole album is actually welcome as it adds to your listening experience. I feel like this an agglomeration of the best parts of his past albums.
Acoustically pleasing, lyrically impactful and artistically important in todays climate. Do yourself a favor and add this to you rotation.

teerasta ,

Album can’t drop soon enough!

“The Fool Pt. I” is absolutely brilliant, so I can’t wait to hear the other stories that Shad K has to tell on this album. “They can’t kill us, ‘cause they can’t see us, ‘cause they only see fear, and we fearless.”

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