Toronto rapper Shad discusses the evolution of Canadian hip-hop : World Cafe : World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN Shad is an award-winning rapper, writer and host of the documentary series Hip-Hop Evolution. In this session, we dig into Shad's new album and hear live performances.

Toronto rapper Shad discusses the evolution of Canadian hip-hop

Shad on World Cafe

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Set List

  • "Out of Touch"
  • "Work"
  • "Slot Machines"

When I say "Toronto," what do you think of? Many of you are probably saying "Drake," and for good reason. But there was hip-hop in Toronto before Drake, and it was a very different world.

Our guest on this episode has seen how the hip-hop landscape in Toronto and Canada has shifted over the last 20 years. Shad is an award winning rapper, writer and host of the documentary series Hip-Hop Evolution. He was born in Kenya, and started making music in Toronto in the early 2000s. He recently released his seventh studio album, TAO. And in 2011, he won the Juno (that's the Canadian Grammy) for rap recording of the year, beating out — you guessed it — Drake. We'll dig into Shad's new album and hear live performances, beginning with "Out of Touch."

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