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Mike Tompkins is blowing up

This young Canadian dude is blowing up all over YouTube these days.  His gimmick is his acapella covers of famous pop songs.  Not that crazy in and of itself, but he does it very very well.  His videos have a combined total of over 12 million views.  That’s nothing to shake a stick at for anyone not named Bieber.

More importantly, our boy Shad has come to love this dude, and decided to jump in for a feature on Tompkin’s cover of Rihanna’s Only Girl.  Check it out below.



Stream Shad’s new Album


Spinner magazine has Shad’s new album TSOL streaming in its full glory.

Check it out here.

It’s neat that each track has a little commentary by Shad himself talking about where each came from and what it was all about.

This album is going to be great when it lands at the end of May.  Of course it’s already leaked, but I strongly suggest you wait for the purchase.  But now you have a legal way to stream it and check it out ahead of time!

Plus, Shad’s touring as we speak and will be passing through your neck of the woods pretty soon.  I’m sure you want to know the new material before you see him live!


Shad at the alt.sessions

Shad and DJ Teelo performed at Sonic Boom, a big Toronto record store for alt. sessions.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, alt. sessions is a Canadian TV show that basically follows artists around and captures them performing some signature tracks in different settings.

It airs on aux.tv, a music website trying to promote Canadian music.  Check it out below as Shad performs Compromise and I Don’t really Like to.

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Shad Parodies The Fresh Prince In New Video

Shad, a talented Canadian emcee who we’ve shown love to before, is making waves on the ‘net for his newest video.  Based on the opening credits of the Fresh Prince, the video for “The Old Prince Still Lives At Home” is simultaneously hilarious and nostalgic.  After all, everyone knows the Fresh Prince intro rap.  Although it gets a little lame at the end, the rest of the video enough is genius enough to worth watchting:

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MuchMusic’s Rap City Steps Half Correctly

I don’t normally watch tv, but last night I was chillin’ at home and noticed Rap City was on so I tuned in. MuchMusic‘s only show dedicated entirely to hip-hop, Rap City has always been hit or miss for me. Forced to play music from across the hip-hop spectrum, Rap City shows often feature strange juxtapositions, like a vintage Tribe video followed by whatever crunk hit happens to be hot in the clubs that week. And last night was no exception. Still, before descending into a string of Lil’ Wayne and T.I. songs the show offered videos by Canadian cats like Moka Only and Shad(aka Shadrach Kabango), new ish from Busta Rhymes and the video for “You Got Me,” the Roots’ now legendary collaboration with Erykah Badu.

Anyways, in honour of the dopeness of one half of last night’s Rap City, here are some of the show’s best songs. The first is from London, Ontario’s Shad, an ill rapper with killer punchlines. Angry actually saw him live last year, but it was before 4080 so we don’t have any record of it. The song is called “I Don’t Like To,” and if you listen closely to the lyrics your head will explode. Check out this snippet from the first verse:

It’s sad all these wannabees/Wanted to be Jay then K West wannabees/Star of the Rock/Kid you not Sean Connery/But like the Roc(k) I’m surrounded by watery flows

If you’re still conscious after reading that check out the video, then buy The Old Prince.

Shad – I Don’t Like To (The Old Prince, 2007)


Although nothing on the show really compared to that, check out “Search” by Moka Only and some new heat from Busta Rhymes that will have you jumping around waving your arms like Busta in the “Scenario” video.

Moka Only – Search (Vermilion, 2007)

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Busta Rhymes – Don’t Touch Me (Throw Da Water On ‘Em) (I’m Blessed, 2008)

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