Saturday, September 26, 2009

Shad @ The Transmission Festival (Audio)

The Transmission Festival was broadcast LIVE last night on CBC Radio 3 and it was hot! Some great dancing was to be had in Victoria as well as in living rooms across the country.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Shad K @ The Observatory (Photos)

While we showed up at different times, it didn’t take long for me and Vlad to find ourselves on the same page. The goal seemed pretty simple: Find a good setting, grab Shad and take some pictures. Not so. The Observatory is notoriously hard on photographers, and has been since I went to J school at Algonquin some years back. I’m not sure why, but they won’t let you shoot in there for any worthwhile period of time. So, of course, someone in the place, who Vlad reports looked like Peter Jackson (pre-gastric bypass surgery), got into Vlad for being too liberal with his camera and, as such, we were forced to take our party elsewhere. It was something of a headache pulling Shad out of his dressing room, bringing him back to the gig and then being told that we had to go somewhere else to take the shots we were after. But long story short: We went back to the room, set up, and were finished within minutes. As Shad is a post-graduate student working towards his MA in liberal studies, we thought it would be cool to set him up at a white board, looking like he was teaching a class. The end result? You tell us. The shots are posted and we definitely hope you enjoy them as much as we do. Talk to ya soon!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

k-os Takes a Dare

I'm doing a Dare for the Stephen Lewis Foundation!

During the week of October 17-25, I will return to work a shift as a salesperson in the toy department of a major department store... which was my first job as a teenager in Whitby!

But only if I raise $3,000.

The money will go directly to African grandmothers, children, and women – ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things to turn the tide of AIDS in Africa.

To donate online now, please select a donation amount from the "Sponsor Me" section of this page. It’s simple, fast and totally secure and will make such a difference to the incredible men and women transforming lives and restoring hope to communities in Africa.

So please dig deep and donate now.

Thank you!


Friday, September 18, 2009

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

UPTOWN THURSDAYS Present Shad with the Extremities



Canadian rapper Shad (Shadrach Kabango) exploded on the scene recently with both Polaris Music Prize and Juno Award nomnations for his sophomore effort The Old Prince.

Shad’s lyrical ability and smooth style have found him a fan in Chicago’s Common, with whom he has many similarities (he also considers Common one of the guiding forces in creating his approach to Hip Hop). The two emcees share a deep spirituality in their writing as well as a heavy interest in jazzy neo-soul. Before you can say “Emo Rap” though, Shad beats you to the punch in “Out of Love, Pt. 2” in which he parodies himself as a Vegan-eating, The Notebook-watching romantic. While he may make fun of himself a little for some D’Angelo-esque crooning, Shad seems unapologetic about the lack of “hardness” in his rhymes. And he should be. While some starry eyed “soft” rappers may have weak flow, Shad’s rhythm is as tight as a metronome. He may be an amorous dreamer who still lives with his parents, but there is nothing juvenile about his lyrics and delivery. The Old Prince may not be that old yet, but he already sounds like he has perfected his art.

For two founding members of the Halifax-based hiphop crew Backburner, Fester and Kils sure do have their work cut out for them. Crafting soul-drenched beats and cuts for Backburner affiliates More Or Les, Jay Bizzy, Wordburglar, Toolshed and Jesse Dangerously, and balancing engineering/production duties at CBC Radio, Fester’s become a veritable army of one behind decks of all shapes and sizes. While Kils’ freelancing the industry entrenched waters of Toronto has earned him stints with SoulClap Universal and EMI Publishing, including studio work with Ali Shaheed Muhammad (of A Tribe Called Quest), Fabulous, Sizzla, and Brassmunk among others. As the Extremities, this duo brings a unique blend of jazz, soul and hiphop to the stage, combining both live recordings, gnarly VST’s, and dusty sample-laden beats. Their skills are heavily flexed on their upcoming debut record “_________”, which began as a remix project for CBC Jazz Radio of the recently released “Tonic”, featuring Canadian jazz giant, Doug Riley among others. With nods from both the jazz and hiphop communities at large, The Extremities are poised for a Canadian sound system takeover. You’ve been warned…

8.00 advance
Or visit any of your local ticketpro locations:
- Alderney Landing Theatre (Dartmouth, NS)
- Ali's Northside Café (Halifax, NS)
- CD Heaven (Dartmouth, NS)
- Duly Noted Publishing (Halifax, NS)
- Greenlyph Computers (Halifax, NS)
- Halifax Forum (Halifax, NS)
- Linda’s Café & Variety Store (Dartmouth, NS)
- Newsbreak Cafe & News Stand - Ilsley (Dartmouth, NS)
- PSP Information Kiosk | Canadian Forces Base Halifax
(Halifax, NS)
- United Bookstore - Halifax (Halifax, NS)


Sunday, September 13, 2009

Ten Things k-os Can't Live Without by Amy Verner

Ten things the self-described “neo-crossover rap ’n’ roller” can’t live without By Amy Verner

1. My go-to guide
The Origins of Virtue, by Matt Ridley, is a book about evolution, morality and the idea that we take a lot of our behaviour from the animal kingdom. A band is like a gang, and I found Ridley’s book taught me a lot about co-operation. I give it to friends starting businesses, so I keep having to buy it.

2. My Magic Bullet blender
My bandmates and I are trying to be a bit healthier on tour, so I bought this great little blender. Not all of the concoctions we mix are healthy, though. Our favourite drink is gin and Greens Plus, a nutrition supplement.

3. Dalpuri
Caribbean Roti Palace (744 Bath­urst St., 416-533-7466) has the best dalpuri in the city, hands down. It’s roti with yellow split peas, and it’s soft and amazing and only $2. I eat it “buss-up-shut,” which is a Trinidadian way of saying you want the roti shredded, with curry on the side.

4. My pencil
I always roll with a Staedtler HB. I had been writing rhymes on my computer and my BlackBerry, but some rappers and poets I know thought that was weird. So I bought some pencils at Curry’s Art Store on Queen. Now when I write out rhymes, there’s a sacredness to them; it’s more kabbalistic.

5. That ’70s Show
I watch it all the time. I appreciate the music and how defined the characters are. I think people chase the generations they were too young to experience. I was born in 1972, so for me, it was the ’70s.

6. My Levi’s jean jacket
I’ve had it for four years. Sometimes I’ll be in a cab heading out for the night, and I have to turn around so I can go back and throw it on.

7. My instruments
I have guitars and crazy drum machines. Everything’s in my bedroom at my condo, near Richmond and Portland. When I was writing Yes!, my new album, I’d get out of bed, watch TV, see something that disturbed me or that I really liked, and then just use my home studio.

8. The Bible
It’s the New World translation, which is the Jehovah’s Witness Bible. My father gave it to me, and I always take it on trips.

9. Musical inspiration
When I’m making a record, I listen to The Low End Theory by A Tribe Called Quest. I love the well-groomed, street corner call-and-response style on that album. It’s vulnerable, yet still Brooklyn B-boy to the bone.

10. Brut aftershave
It reminds me of my uncles, Lennox and Winston. When I was a kid, Uncle Winston would give me his keys and let me start the car and pretend to drive. So I started rocking it. I think I associate it with manhood.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Ian Kamau: September Nine Mixtape Volume Two

First and foremost, HAPPY BIRTHDAY Ian Kamau. Ian was featured in the outro of Shad's "The Old Prince." Today, he released his "September Nine Mixtape Volume Two." Very fitting being his 30th birthday and a very rare event where the date numbers, 09/09/09, line up. He wished to drop an album this day, but was unable to. So check out these mixtapes for the meantime.

Friday, September 4, 2009

New k-os Tour Dates

September 14, 2009
TIFF Party
606 King Street West
Toronto, ON

September 25, 2009
Rifflandia Music Festival
UVic Sub, Victoria, BC
11:30 PM

September 27, 2009
Rifflandia Music Festival
919 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC
11:30 PM

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Pump It Up with k-os

Think you have Canada's loudest students?

Prove it and you could see K-OS in concert.

TD Canada Trust is bringing K-OS to play for 3 groups of Canadian students - one in the East, one in Central Canada and one in the West. If you want the students from your school to be among the winners of this TD Canada Trust Music Experience, you need to vote. Every time someone from your school votes with their cheer, it could push the volume louder and past the students from other universities and colleges in your region.

Plus you could win a VIP concert package, which includes tickets to the show, swag and more.
So vote for the students of your school, and tell your classmates that if they want to see the show,
you need to hear their cheer.


Rare k-os Songs

Gotta Love (1996)
This Track Was Released On The 1996 Test Press Along With The 3 Versions Of Rise Like The Sun, This Track Is Also Very Rare, Anyway Enjoy The Song I Know I Have.

Rise Like The Sun Doc Mix Part 3
Rise Like The Sun Doc Mix By K-os. A Pretty Rare Gem Been Looking For It For A Long Time Now Anyway Enjoy. By The Way This Was Released As A Test Press On The K-os Rise Like The Sun 12.
Props to Jsayman

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Blue Scholars ft. Shad: Dawn Song

Blue Scholars' album "Bayani Redux" was just released today. The Last song, Dawn Song, features Shad and was premiered a couple nights ago by DJ Hyphen.

You can buy the whole album or just the mp3 on Amazon or iTunes.

DJ Hyphen Premieres "Dawn Song" by Blue Scholars ft. Shad

Another fun week here on SNSS in the 206, peep the highlights:

  • Great music from the likes of Brother Ali, Balance, One Be Lo, Fresh Daily, Raekwon, Little Dragon, U-N-I, Mayer Hawthorne, Phonte, and more.
  • A world premiere for the new Blue Scholars track, “Dawn’s Song,” off the upcoming re-release of Bayani. The track features Shad, possibly my favorite MC in the entire industry right now. Yeah, I said it. Not familiar? Watch this and thank me later.
  • On a sad note, we have to give yet another RIP shout to DJ AM, easily one of the illest DJ’s and sneakerheads in the game. This summer has been rough.

Show #222 (8-30-09)

  1. Brother Ali – “Fresh Air”
  2. D. Black ft. Tiffany Wilson – “Touch The Stars” (Local Music)
  3. Balance ft. Freeway & Jay Rock – “We All In”
  4. One Be Lo ft. Mike Posner – “Pigs”
  5. Havoc ft. Lloyd Banks – “Bang, Bang”
  6. Rashid Hadee – “(See You In My) Nightmares”
  7. Fresh Daily – “Video Gaming”
  8. Peter, Bjorn, & John ft. Big Pooh, Phil Nash, & Chaundon – “Stay This Way (DJ Jazzy Jeff Remix)”
  9. Drake ft. Kanye West, Lil Wayne, & Eminem – “Forever”
  11. Pac Div – “Taste”
  12. Little Dragon – “Never Never”
  13. Mayer Hawthorne – “The Ills”
  14. U-N-I – “Calendar Girls”
  15. Kev Brown ft. Kenn Starr, Wayna, Raheem DeVaughn, & Eric Roberson – “The Hennessy Joint”
  16. Blue Scholars ft. Shad – “Dawn’s Song” (Local Music) (WORLD PREMIERE)
  17. Raheem DeVaughn ft. Ludacris – “Bulletproof”
  18. The Nope (Moka Only & Psy) – “Rain All Day” (Local Music)
  19. Raekwon ft. Cappadonna & Ghostface Killah – “10 Bricks”
  20. 14KT – “Black N Gold”
  21. Charlie Smarts – “Put You On”
  22. Marc Mac ft. Phonte – “Take A Trip”

Link to download the mp3 of the show –
(back up / streaming link –

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