Q's Top 20: #16 - Shad

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The artist who claims the #16 spot on Q's Top 20 Albums of 2013 is one of Canada's brightest in his genre... a hip hop artist who continues to excel by resisting certain tropes we've come to expect of the genre. On his album Flying Colours, Shad eschews grand ego-stroking, diamonds and dollar bills and sex for the sake of sensation, instead ruminating on weightier issues like immigration, the meaning of love, and one's personal definition of success.

But just because it's smart, that doesn't mean it's sober. Shad's rhymes are clever... the delivery's tight... and it's all pulled off with his characteristic humour. And then, there are the sonic elements. Flying Colours veers from samples to beats, synths to rock... weaving in pop singers and fellow emcees alike, along the way.

Shad stopped by studio Q this past fall to chat about the album... stream the conversation above, and watch his live in-studio performance below.


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