Published May 11, 2010There's no downplaying the success Shad enjoyed with his excellent 2008 sophomore LP The Old Prince. Not only did the video for the London, ON-bred rapper's single, "The Old Prince Still Lives at Home," win a Bucky Award from CBC Radio 3, but The Old Prince was shortlisted for the 2008 Polaris Music Prize. And yet it's 2010 that feels like Shad's year. The rapper's new LP, TSOL, hasn't even hit shelves yet, but it's set to blow The Old Prince out of the water.
Want to decide for yourself? Then click here, where Exclaim! will be streaming TSOL all week long.
The record, which is due May 25 from Black Box Recordings, promises a "full dose of mind-blowing lyricism and clever songwriting touching on a variety of tones and topics," according to the press release, and features a host of guest contributors, including Broken Social Scene's Lisa Lobsinger and Brendan Canning, Justin Nozuka, Relic the Oddity and Kamau.
"I can say it feels great to finish a new piece and the desire to make something new and interesting for my fans was a big motivation throughout," Shad gushed about TSOL. "I feel grateful and excited to get to share new music onstage and in recorded form with them."
That new music can be heard onstage in late May and June, when Shad will head out on a cross-Canada tour with Grand Analog and D-Sisive. In the meantime, enjoy the stream.
TSOL will be streaming on Exclaim.ca until May 17.
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Tokyo Police Club Champ June 1 to June 7