Juno Award-winning emcee Shad returns with his long-awaited fourth full-length album titled Flying Colours on October 15, 2013 via Black Box.
In the three years since the release of his critically acclaimed album TSOL, Shad has kept busy in the studio, touring the globe, and he found the time to complete his Masters in Liberal Studies at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. Not one to leave his fans hungry, he dropped Melancholy and the Infinite Shadness, a five track EP, last July. In June 2013, he followed up with a springtime collaboration with Skratch Bastid called The Spring Up, which also featured guest production from DJ Jazzy Jeff and a cameo from fellow Canadian rapper Cadence Weapon. More recently, he caused a stir with a seven-minute freestyle he posted on YouTube which wowed listeners with his intelligent and witty word play. Today, fans get the first taste of his new album Flying Colours with the release of “Stylin”—the debut track off the highly-anticipated album.
Shad premieres the video for “Stylin” via MassAppeal.com. The fun, soulful track produced by Skratch Bastid kicks off with a memorable hook sung by Juno Award nominated rapper Saukrates. Shad displays a new confidence as he weaves references to Shakespeare, basketball star LeBron James, pop music producer Max Martin and without missing a beat, offers clever commentary on racism and stereotypes.
With Flying Colours Shad continues to inspire hope and joy while exploring the depths of his ideas and experiences. He describes it as “an album about everything, as per my custom, but most of all, I wanted to explore success and failure.”