Shad on Jay Z, not getting too Drake and rapping like it’s his last album
Flying Colours, the new album from Shad, begins with one of his most confident and boastful songs to date.
"A lot of cats want to see the best watch. Well if you want to see the best, watch," he raps on "Intro: Lost," a fierce, four-and-a-half-minute song in which the 31-year-old rapper compares himself to Jay Z and, in true Shad fashion, "Redd Foxx mixed with a TED Talk."
"This is real pride in my eyes, it’s not a cocky act," he admits on the same song, setting the tone on Flying Colours, his fourth album and the first since 2010’s TSOL won the Juno for rap recording of the year over Drake’s Thank Me Later. The message was clear: Drake may be Canada’s most successful rapper, but Shad is Canada's rapper (note the Canadian spelling of “colours” in the new album title).
Below, my Q&A with the rapper on referencing Jay Z, not getting too Drake with his feelings and rapping like it’s his last album.