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Shad says being a rapper people like -- even if they don't like hip-hop -- can be both positive and frustrating. He talks ...
about the dilemma in the song "Stylin," on his latest album, "Flying Colours."
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Canadian rapper Shad wanted to drastically increase the "degree of difficulty" on his fourth album "Flying Colours," crafting a densely musical, intensely personal statement of serious ambition. And yet it's an off-the-cuff moment on the record's most familiar-sounding track that has fans chattering.The boom-bap throwback "Stylin'" is vintage Shad, though the pointed lyric in particular is perhaps not: "I got fans that say, 'Oh hey Shad, I hate rap but I like you!' / Well I hate that but I like you / Or at least I like that you like me, so I won't spite you / It's not your fault that you're a white dude that likes white music I like too / Just don't be surprised by my IQ."The 31-year-old is often held aloft as a nutritious alternative to that "other" rap, a likable everyman whose knotty (but never naughty) rhymes tend to avoid such well-worn rap tropes as violence or bank-account bragging.But he's not always comfortable with his status as Canadian rap's cerebral saviour, especially when a compliment simultaneously implies an insult toward his hip-hop peers."It can be a source of frustration," he said during a recent interview on the patio of a Toronto cafe. "The truth is, what I do is pretty straight-ahead rap. It's not like Gym Class Heroes or something like that where there's this obvious crossover appeal."I think to a great extent it's been awesome and a pleasant surprise throughout my whole career," he adds of the support he's received. "Even outside of music, it's like a faith in humanity thing, where you're like: 'Oh cool, people can listen really open-mindedly. It's not what they normally listen to but they listen closely with an intent to empathize.'"And then to some extent it's like, well, hopefully that will open your mind up to other music that I love, which has influenced me, and sometimes people are still closed off to that. And I think that's the frustration I was describing. I come from a tradition of people who do exactly this. I mean, I'm doing it in my own way, but it comes from a long tradition. I'm not really inventing it."He is pushing it, though, or at the very least pushing himself. That was pretty much the entire point of the recently released "Flying Colours."Not that ambition is a new feature to Shad's music. His 2005 debut "When This is Over" touched on Rwandan genocide (Shad was born in Kenya to Rwandan parents before moving to London, Ont.), his 2007 breakthrough "The Old Prince" included trenchant insights on race that caught Kanye West's attention, and 2010's "TSOL" earned the rapper a surprise Juno Award triumph over Drake and cemented his reputation as one of the most talented rappers the country has ever produced.