The books you read and love can say a lot about you.
With this in mind, CBC Radio 2's Kelly Cutrara regularly approaches Canadian musicians and asks, "what is the book you think everyone should read?" Here's what acclaimed Canadian rapper Shad had to say.
Which book would you recommend I read?
John Perkins's Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.
Why would you recommend that?
It's a really compelling, really powerful book. So, it's about this guy who - in the seventies - worked for this consulting firm called Main, out of Boston. He alleges in this book that he was hired to consult on these big infrastructure projects in foreign countries, developing countries, and was told explicitly to over-inflate the returns to these projects. So, you know, multi-billion dollar infrastructure, building projects. He'll get a loan from the United States' Government or the world bank and then hire these U.S. companies to build all of the stuff. Anyhow, in his economic forecast he alleges he was told to over-inflate the projected returns so then these countries would take these huge loans and be saddled with debt, and so on and so forth. So, it's really an eye-opening look for someone who is familiar or unfamiliar - it's a first person account of the way our world works.
Shad is making a stop in Toronto during his busy tour to perform for CBC's Hip Hop Summit. Learn more about this event here.