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May 13, 2009, 1:50 pm
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Shad Interview

By: Scott Boniface 

Date: May 13th 2009


Kenya born/London Ontario raised Shadrach Kabango is an extremely talented and promising emcee coming out of Canada. Shad started rapping in 2005 while achieving his undergraduate business degree at Wilfred Laurier University. Shad won the 91.5 FM The Beat’s Rhythm of the Future talent competition and was awarded $17,500 that he put solely towards his 2005 debut when this is over. The independently released record showcased immense creativity accompanied by insane flow and insightful, inspirational lyrics. After much acclaim and praise Shad released an amazing concept album on Black Box Recordings called The Old Price and has since received a Juno Award nomination for Rap Recording of the Year, and was nominated for the 2008 Polaris Music Prize. Shad breaks the mold of a typical Hip-hop artist for many reasons. Some of those reasons being that he plays guitar with a live band on stage, writes inspiring/motivational lyrics and travels the world on tour all the while maintaining his part-time student status, currently pursuing his masters in liberal studies at Simon Frasier University.

Shad is one of my personal favorite emcees. His music possesses truth and a candid outlook on relatable everyday experiences that anyone can find inspiring and motivational. I would like to thank Shad for taking some time and discussing some future projects, some past accomplishments and personal theories. 

Let’s get right into it, what are 3 interesting things about Shad that others may not know about you. 

– I got my drivers license like… 2 years ago.


– I’m a huge john stockton fan.


– I own a bootleg of the wonder years complete series on DVD.


How has touring been? Is it true that you went to Japan? And is SXSW 09’ as amazing as I’d imagine? 

My album is out in Japan but I haven’t toured there. And no – SXSW is more amazing that you imagine. It’s insane.


Who do you think is taking the NBA playoffs this year?

As much as he bugs me, I think Kobe is going to do it although I hope Denver trips em’ up …


How is it going to be adjusting back to your typical touring circumstances as apposed to the more lavish experiences while touring with Classified? (Sold out shows, tour busses etc.) 

  haha… in some ways easier and in some ways harder. Not having to drive was nice, but its also nice playing your own shows where you do not have to win over a crowd because people are there to see you as the headliner. In that sense, it’s easier than opening… pros and cons!

Are you currently working on new material while on tour or are you planning on taking some time off to relax when you get back home?

I’m trying to develop some new material. Hopefully ill get some clarity on where I should go with that…. in the meantime.. Writing… Growing… Living…. all in the plans for the next little while…

You clearly have a love for what your doing and have a good time with your music and messaging. Have you ever felt any pressure to do music that wasn’t necessarily you
and in your creative vision?

No not really. If I feel pressure to compromise, its in the sense of cutting corners and doing something easier than searching my soul and my thoughts for something truly worthwhile to share… a pressure to just deliver music that sounds good and might even be good and positive and all that but there’s no heart behind it. No real truth in it… its subtle but its important. It’s a bit hard to explain but if I feel pressure to do something that’s not “me”, it’s in that sense…

You’ve said in the past that you write in the bathroom like Biz Markie, is this something you still do? Without giving too much away, what’s your writing process like? Do you write in a specific place? Or have any “must haves” while writing?

 haha… I write anywhere a good idea hits me… I don’t really have a routine although I probably should.

We need to talk a bit about I’ll never understand. This is one of the most powerful songs I’ve ever heard. I know it’s based off a poem your mother wrote for the 10th year genocide memorial, when you first heard it performed did you know you wanted to share it with others and give your insight? Or was it something that came into play while working through the album? 

Yeah, the idea came to me more while working on the album. From the time I heard the poem I wanted to record it and share it somehow but when I was working on the album was when I thought maybe this might be the opportunity to do that.

What are some of your musical inspirations?  Favorite albums? Is there that one track that can make a bad day good and alter your whole mood?

Favorite albums include Aquemeni for the creativity and the production… I love College Dropout for the ambition of it… Common, Sage Francis, Lupe Fiasco as lyricists… Hayden’s everything I long for, for its rawness… Weezer’s first two albums… say anything is a real boy … I love Motown for the arrangements… so many others…

Outside of music, what inspires you? What are some of your other hobbies and interests?

Honestly, besides music and school. I kinda like reading and watching movies but I’m not a fanatic about either. I like playing basketball… and that’s about it! I take lots of naps and I hang with my friends… as for inspiration – I’ve always been inspired by spiritual themes and metaphors… Love. Truth… those enduring ideals that never lose their potency and beauty if your heart’s in the right place… I get inspired by things I’m feeling and seeing and how it all ties together when I can get a glimpse of that… something funny can be inspiring too – sometimes a funny line can turn into a whole song for me… anything…


What can we expect from shad over the next couple of years? 

Hopefully some good music.

What is your favorite part of your musical success and what has been your greatest accomplishment thus far?

I’m one of the luckier people in the world to get to do something that matters deeply to me for a living. There’s not a day that I don’t think about that and feel excited and thankful… I don’t know what else I can say about that. 


Are you still out of love and in search of a Claire Huxtable?

haha well I’m not in love… Clair Huxtable, Aunt Viv (the first one), Peggy Bundy…

Does the old prince still live at home?

 Nope… living in Vancouver these days…


 Is there anything else coming up you want to include or get everyone psyched about?

 Warped tours coming to a somewhere near you soon… otherwise thanks for checking me out!




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