Hip-Hop: Year in Review 2010

Hip-Hop: Year in Review 2010
2. Shad TSOL (Black Box)
Whether relating the history of his given name and his family on "A Good Name" or breaking down break-ups on "Telephone," Shadrach Kabango is the rare MC who conveys wisdom without being preachy. More than anything, he's versatile, able to seamlessly switch from fierce, hilarious battle raps on "Yaa I Get It" to heartfelt reflection over the contemplative piano and guitars of "At The Same Time" without seeming contradictory. Shad's candour and conviction shine through every bar of this album. Impeccably produced and expertly written, TSOL points toward a bright future for Canadian rap.
Aaron Matthews