Saturday, August 29, 2009

Hey Ocean!: Fifteen Words (Official Music Video)

Official music video for Hey Oceans Fifteen words from their 2008 release Its Easier To Be Somebody Else.

Check out Hey Ocean on the web:

Video directed by Jeremy Regimbal and produced by

Friday, August 28, 2009

Louwop ft. Shad: One2Check (Live)

Live at the Gordon best in Peterbogough, Ontario

orig track featured on mixtape vol1

Available on

k-os: Crucial (Elementree Cover)

Elementree has a few covers of k-os' songs. Make sure to check him out on Myspace and YouTube.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Shad: Finished up with Warped and adds a few more tour dates

17 Sep 2009 20:00
The Marquee Club Halifax, Nova Scotia
19 Sep 2009 20:00
Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival Fredericton, New Brunswick
24 Sep 2009 20:00
Rifflandia Victoria, British Columbia
26 Sep 2009 20:00
The Gateway Calgary, Alberta
3 Nov 2009 21:00
Piano’s New York, New York

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Shad: "The Old Prince Still Lives At Home" Review by Matt Durham

Self deprecation has always been a part of certain strains of hip-hop. Among the waves of artists who rap about blunts, broads, and Bentleys, there has always been a select few whose subject matter has always leaned towards the simpler things in life.

Canadian rapper Shad has always fallen under the latter of these two groups, and his new single “The Old Prince Still Lives at Home,” is no exception. Rhyming over a minimal drum beat and bass grove, Shad outlines the life that he leads still living at home with his parents.

Shad sounds like artists from rap’s “Golden Age,” like Skee-Lo or Del tha Funkee Homosapien. The bragging and boasting in hip-hop that took over after this period has no place on this track. Instead, the subject matter is focused around how much Shad has to scrimp and save to get by, culminating with the statement that the rapper “couldn’t even afford the whole beat,” after a break in the music.

Songs like these represent the universality of hip-hop. For those who aren’t large fans of the genre, Shad offers clever wordplay and a few laughs, something that most anyone can appreciate. For connoisseurs of rap, Shad offers a welcome return to a more substantive period in hip-hop.

k-os: Remixes by The Geurilla Virus Project

The first two songs of the music player are the remixes of k-os' songs "Astronaut" and "Zambony."

Saturday, August 22, 2009

k-os: Sunday Morning (Rashawn Remix)

Here's a remix of k-os' "Sunday Morning" by Rashawn.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

k-os: I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman @ EdFest

k-os performs his latest single at EdFest on July 17, 2009

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

DJ Ilo: Hit the Road Crabbuckit (k-os and Ray Charles Mash-up)

I just found this mash up between k-os' "Crabbuckit" and Ray Charles' "Hit the Road."

Monday, August 17, 2009

The Old Prince [Re-Issue] 2009 Review by Sloane Daley

Titling your record The Old Prince is an interesting move, because while it places the album in the familiar hip-hop language of MC braggadocio in comparing one’s self to royalty, it already offers an intriguing level of contradiction. Upon spinning this record it might seem like a rather ordinary album of an underground rapper making social commentary over soul-influenced production. Nevertheless, Shad does challenge some fairly common assumptions in some subtle yet effective ways. Shad’s flow and wordplay are as confident as a veteran MC but it isn’t all showing and proving here as The Old Prince offers a lot of questions as it explores ideas of maturing and personal growth.

The requisite intro joint is an actual song rather than a useless bit, featuring a couple of verses that serve to introduce both Shad’s skills on the mic. The song serves as an introduction to his character as well as the themes discussed elsewhere on the album, such as spirituality and search for fame. “I Don’t Like To” kicks things off proper with a nice instrumental by producer Mantis, utilizing a twinkling piano cascading over shuffling drums that reminds me of something the Mountain Brothers would spit over. Shad’s first verse finds him in battle mode dropping amusing punchlines. The second verse, however, takes an unexpected turn focusing on illegal downloading and adapting and changing as an artist to fill that change in environment:

iTunes, eye-patch
I'm in the same boat where the pirates be
Tell'em I'm down with that pirate stee
They don't buy it, I say don't buy it -- pirate me
If it's ill, it'll spread virally
From my received folders to
Appearin' in the love that the crowds show
(shhh) if it sound dope -- keep it on the downlo(ad)
Keep it real, player / Real Player
With the volume cranked
And I'll be ballin like Tim Duncan - callin bank […]"
The verse really showcases one of the quirks of Shad’s rhyme style in his preference for playing homophones (or near homophones) off of each other. There is a fantastic self-reflexive quality in his use of changing words to fit unexpectedly into a technological lingo and his expression of the artist’s need to grow and change in the content of his bars.

It is kind of funny Shad should mention something going “viral” in that the concept of the video for the album’s single, “The Old Prince Still Lives at Home” seems like something out of a YouTube viral video craze with him placing himself into the role of Will Smith’s character of the opening credits of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The song itself is equally funny, Shad rapping verses about a man-child living with his parents way past his prime. Hilariously, the beat cuts out partway through and Shad explains that he couldn’t afford the whole beat and finishes that last verse with hand claps:
If you happy when you save 2 dollars a week
You steal your neighbors empty bottles
And keep all your receipts and only treat your girl
Yearly to McDonalds to eat
Don't be ashamed, pop your collars man - holler at me!
If ya'll are this cheap [...]"
Whether like in “The Old Prince…” Shad tackles lethargy, laments the struggle of black youth in a society that shows them limited options culturally in “Brother (Watching)” or talking about the poor state of his love life in “Out of Love Pt.2”, he does so with a sharp wit and careful attention to detail. Although there is a different producer for each track, that same attention to detail carries over to the production. Each song is interesting enough to stand out on their own, but supports the overall vibe of the album like the drum-driven “Exile” or the beautiful piano and string arrangement on “Three Years (Interlude).” This one of the finest hip-hop debuts I’ve heard in some time and one of the best albums I’ve heard in awhile period.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Shad: Warped Brings Him Back To Canada - Video and Photos

In this video Calgary welcomes Shad back to Canada by filling up the lawn right in front of the stage. I bet after the set, they were asking for an encore, like we did in Vancouver.

Finally, after a long time of not being able to go to any of Shad's performances in the past, due to age restrictions of the venues, I was able to catch this one. Although this was a short set, Shad was able to engage the crowd and build up the energy very quickly. The location of the stage was really bad too - almost hidden. Despite these hindrances, I can safely say that everyone who witnessed Shad's display enjoyed every bit of it.

I also had an opportunity of meeting Shad, G and DJ TLO that day in Vancouver. These guys are very chill, approachable and easy to talk to. Just wanted to say thanks for being very supportive of the blog.

Continue on the Quest For Glory!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

k-os: Interview in Gastown

Here is a great interview shot around Gastown in Vancouver, British Columbia. Once again, he draws us a picture of what and how he thinks. May I add that he looks like he is very happy and more joyous than I have before.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Weathering the Weather at Warped in Boise

The rain hasn't let up all day at the Boise, Idaho, stop of Warped Tour, so fans and bands have found ways to brighten their spirits.

Check out Shad, G, DJ TLO, and Alexisonfire go at it with a game Handball.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Regina Folk Festival Day 1: K-Os, Iron and Wine, Plants and Animals, Basia Bulat and more!

By Grant Lawrence

Closing the show was Canada's hip-hop hitmaker, K-Os. One is never quite sure what they are going to get from a K-Os set, but last night, he delivered a solid, energized set of his hits (including my fave, "Valhalla") while backed by a full band (featuring a couple members of Small Sins!)

The crowd was somewhat restless at first, as his set-up took the longest of any group of the night, but all was forgiven when K-Os took the stage in what may have been the largest red hoody of all time, a possible salute to Saskatchewan's proud bunny-hug culture.

Read the rest of the article HERE.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

The Word: k-os

A bit late but here is another interview of k-os talking about the Karma Tour.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Shad - Earwaks Profile

The biggest thing to come out of Canada since Pamela’s double d’s!” Although the hilarity of this punch line might be first to draw your attention, it should not serve to overshadow the claim made by the emcee that spit it. Shadrach Kabango, also known as Shad K, or increasingly these days as just plain Shad, has at the very least, made his presence well known in the Canadian hip hop scene over the last year and half. Since the initial quiet release of his “When This Is Over” album in 2005, Shad has steadily grown as an artist and a performer to the point where some critics in the Canadian music industry have directly called him out as one of the bright spots and true emerging talents in Canadian hip hop. CBC Radio 3 recently went as far as to say that “2007 is the year of Shad”. Whether that will be the case remains to be seen, but since exceeding everyone’s initial expectations, including his own, Shad has good reason to be confident in his future projects.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

k-os on Twitter

You can follow k-os at

As it says above the music video for the single, "I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman", will be released in the near future. So watch out for that. Saukrates and Nelly Furtado will be featured in it, which is also directed by Little X. I wonder if this the video where k-os' biggest fan, winner of contest, makes his/her appearance.

While you go and start following k-os, why don't you follow me for more updates at

k-os Karma Tour Blog Intro

K-OS teamed up with the David Suzuki Foundation for a Cross-Country Tour of "pay what you want" shows. Helping to promote awareness on the state of the environment and spread some good Karma. This is an ongoing blog from the tour.
produced, directed, edited by: Jamie Tanner
I never seen this piece of footage before the his tour. I thought you might want to see it even though the tour is over.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Common - Be Intro (Shad Acoustic Cover)

Shad performed Common's Intro of the album "Be" at Harbourfront in 2007. Take note of the human beatbox changing it up to play the trumpet instrumental with his voice.

Kanye West: Champion (k-os Cover on Triple J)

k-os talks about how he was able to relate to Kanye's lyrics about his father in "Champion". He then performs his very own version Kanye West's "Champion" for Robbie, Marieke and The Doctor on Triple J. He starts out the verses with a few original bars from the track and then freestyles the rest. This video was uploaded last year on June 20. The short performance starts 1:47 in.