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Born in London, Ontario, Shad Kabango is one of the hottest Canadian rappers today. SPINearth reporter Amanda Ash and I caught up with him in Kerrisdale, Vancouver, where he currently resides.
Shad moved to Canada at the tender age of 1 from Kenya in the early 1980’s, just as hip hop and rap were surfacing from the underground to the mainstream music scene. Originally of Rwandan descent, his family constantly moved around Africa as refugees before they settled to the east coast. Growing up with a balanced diet of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, MTV then MuchMusic, Shad uses his worldview and unique perspective as you can hear for yourself in his latest album The Old Prince. These days, he’s playing in Austin, Texas at SXSW, and in June he’s taking off with Vans Warped Tour.
His smooth style, realistic outlook, and lyrical sensitivity make Shad’s music stand out, and his creative honesty will get you hooked on his tunes. If his words of wisdom about music make you want to hear more, check out Shad’s new blog.