Shad wows crowd with songs from new album

OkayCity, The Runaway, and Relic complete Shad's release party

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Shad K

Every once in a while, you come across a live show that pulls you in so many directions you feel dizzy, disoriented and exhilarated all at once.

Anyone at Shad K’s album release party Friday night at Call the Office can attest to the power of word and presence exhibited by the artists who spoke " lyrically and instrumentally " while on stage.

The Runaway, the first hip-hop act, began its set with a packed house eager for a night of hip-hop. Runaway’s poetic lyrics, complemented by a talented band and female backup, set a chill tone for the evening. Tracks delved into subjects like women’s rights and there was even a catchy cover of Cindy Lauper’s “Time After Time.”

Next, OkayCity amped up the crowd with its raw, energetic set. Its sound was reminiscent of Swollen Members at its most angry. OkayCity pulled off this style with ease.

Then Relic and crew took the stage with a socially aware, heavy beat to draw the crowd into the headlining act.

When Shad K took the stage, acoustic guitar and live band at the ready, it was evident the audience was in for a treat. He exuded humble confidence as he and his band played a relaxed track from his first album, complete with a beat boxer to round out the rhythm.

Shad K and his band knew instinctively when to tweak the melodies or stop for an adlib. Although this was likely rehearsed, the seamlessness of these intervals was impressive.

Midway through the show, Shad K freestyled about his roots in London and his family here " including his parents who were present at the show. His genuine appreciation for his hometown, relatives and friends was clear in his words.

Shad K’s lyrics deliver a socially conscious message; from living at home with no money to the diluted nature of commercial hip-hop, his words hit home on a number of levels. This made it easy for the audience to immerse themselves in the lyrics.

Toward the end of the show, Shad offered the spotlight to 2007 DMC Canada Supremacy Champion, DJ TLO. TLO blasted through a mash-up of genres, including old school hip-hop, electronica and jazz.

If there’s one thing that makes Shad K stand out from other hip-hop artists, it is his overwhelming stage presence. His sense of humour and tendency to break out into huge grins while rhyming show his genuine love for performing.

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