Born in Kenya, of Rwandan parents, Shad was raised in London, Ontario. His mother worked in London as a hospital lab technician; his father, as a machinist. He attended London Central Secondary School. His debut album “When This Is Over” was self-made, financed with the $17,500 he won from 91.5 The Beat’s Rhythm of the Future talent competition during his time as an undergraduate student at Wilfrid Laurier University. The album is recognized for Shad’s self-deprecating lyrics which is often atypical of the current rap scene and focusing on social causes—for example, the track “I’ll Never Understand” examines the Rwandan genocide and includes poetry written by his mother, Bernadette Kabango. In 2007, he was signed by Black Box Recordings and released his second album, “The Old Prince”. In 2008, The Old Prince received a Juno Award nomination for Rap Recording of the Year, and was nominated for the 2008 Polaris Music Prize. The album was also nominated for two MuchMusic Video Awards, and won him a 2009 Indie Award. Shad released his third album, “TSOL”, in 2010. The album was nominated for the 2010 Polaris Music Prize and most recently it won the 2011 Juno award for Rap Recording of the year. His passion for music shines through his lyrics and for that we have chosen him as our Featured Artist Of The Week.
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