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Shad: TSOL (The Sounds Of Liberty)

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    After high-school Shad put his nose to the grindstone and wrote his first songs while studying business at Wilfrid Laurier University where he later graduated with a Bachelor's degree. Sprung from his dorm-room and financed by the winnings from a radio song-writing contest, Shad's first record When This Is Over was released in July 2005, and was characterized by overt introspection and social awareness. An unadulterated glimpse of young-adulthood, the self-made album bore promise of even greater accomplishments.

    When 2007's The Old Prince was released on Black Box Recordings, critics immediately incorporated Shad into the dialogue among the most well-regarded MCs in North America. The Juno Awards, the most prestigious honor in Canadian music, nominated the album as Rap Recording of The Year. The Old Prince was also named an official contender for the cutting edge Polaris Music Prize that year.

    The initial singles from his latest offering, TSOL, are a testament to his calculated reproach that traverses soulful arrangements with the deft awareness of the rap gods before him. On "Rose Garden" he weighs the convenience of blissful ignorance against his burden of personal truth, stating, "The same things that float your boat can capsize it" and "I know too much and I owe too much to let it rest." Later, on "Yaa I Get It" Shad seizes the opportunity to flip introspective syllables in the face of a riotous brass ensemble, rapping "So many sold their souls, my sole ambition is to hold solid, soul calm and bright as the solar system", all the while nodding knowingly to an oft looked-over pocket of Canadian genius. Northern neighbors Brendan Canning and Lisa Lobsinger of Broken Social Scene add instrumental flourishes to "Lucky 1's" and Canadian hip-hop legend Classified produces the proud "A Good Name". Since its Canadian release TSOL has also been nominated for the Polaris Music Prize, Shad's second consecutive nomination.

    It's now clear that a failure to broaden his reach to the US would not only be a huge disservice to him as an artist, but to hip-hop culture as a whole. Unafraid to explore personal triumphs and pitfalls, Shad practices absolute transparency, giving all of himself to the listener by touching on issues that are universally relatable and resigning to that fact that he may not even have all of the answers. Simply put, TSOL is an illustration of one man's attempt to understand the world in which we all live. Shad's story speaks volumes on the worldly accomplishments of a borderless globe; his music is audible evidence of personal and socio-political progress. Listen, and let it be heard.

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    1. Intro
    Producers: DJ T Lo; I.K. Koiter
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    2. Rose Garden
    Producers: DJ T Lo
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    3. Keep Shining
    Producers: Ric Notes
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    4. Lucky 1's
    Producers: Me&John
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    5. A Good Name
    Producers: Classified
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    6. We Are The Ones (Reservoir Poetry)
    Producers: Relic The Oddity
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    7. Telephone
    Producers: DJ T Lo
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    8. Call Waiting (Interlude)
    Producers: Ric Notes
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    9. Yaa I Get It
    Producers: EOM; Me&John
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    10. Listen
    Producers: Rich Kidd
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    11. At The Same Time
    Producers: Heights
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    12. We, Myself And I
    Producers: Me&John
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    13. Outro
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    14. TSOL (The Sounds Of Liberty) - Bonus Track
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    4.7 Stars (4.7 Stars )
    Total Comments: 13
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 10/1/2014 5:53:00 PM; Partial IP: .98.71.220)
    Location: Phila
    Comment: Remember 5 stars is a classic album like Illmatic, 36 Chambers, Enta Da Stage are 5 stars albums, this is a 4 star - not classic but above average.
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 2/26/2014 5:44:00 PM; Partial IP: .201.65.74)
    Location: az
    Comment: Shad is talented but I gotta feelin' that he's gonna sellout soon!
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 1/14/2011 2:26:00 PM; Partial IP: .96.172.65)
    Location: England
    Comment: Where did this guy come from???? Great album, copped his debut too. Pure uncut hip-hop right here.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 12/26/2010 4:02:00 AM; Partial IP: .145.62.81)
    Location: Calgary Alberta Canada
    Comment: True Canadaian talent right!!!!! ever release has beeen gold..... Shad keeps coming out with hard hitting stuff.....
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 11/18/2010 8:51:00 AM; Partial IP: 88.98.4.92)
    Location: Nbg-Franconia-Germany
    Comment: Like his last album: a sparkler in hip hop music
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 11/17/2010 11:30:00 AM; Partial IP: 83.163.231)
    Location: Zurich, Switzerland
    Comment: Damn'...what a genuine MC and another brilliant album. Definitely one of the best this year. SURE SHOT!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 10/26/2010 7:06:00 PM; Partial IP: 207.225.16)
    Location: The Dirty T
    Comment: dank work by Shad, sicks samples, and he always brings the lyrics, he puts a shit load of effort in to his music, and it pays off again.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 10/25/2010 1:09:00 PM; Partial IP: 255.15.169)
    Location: Canada
    Comment: Dope album for sure. But it doesn't stand for the sounds of liberty. He's clearly stated many of times that it doesn't stand for anything.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 10/11/2010 12:51:00 PM; Partial IP: 40.221.168)
    Location: Ottawa, CA
    Comment: Proof Canadian's do it better.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 10/8/2010 2:56:00 PM; Partial IP: 195.24.144)
    Location: Maple Grove, MN
    Comment: On Many Top 10 lists and deservedly so. A conscious and uplifting project.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 10/2/2010 5:52:00 PM; Partial IP: 219.111.23)
    Location: NYC
    Comment: Definitely a classic album. BUY IT!
    Name: (Posted: 9/15/2010 12:39:00 PM; Partial IP: 184.55.149)
    Location: halifax NS Canada
    Comment: already released in canada and I bought it right away.... buy this album!!!!
    Name: (Posted: 9/1/2010 9:21:00 PM; Partial IP: .131.31.20)
    Location: Pittsburgh
    Comment: Finally some Shad on UGHH, his 1st 2 albums are classic. Genuine guy to really puts his heart into his joints! cant fucking wait!
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