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Wilfrid Laurier University Communications, Public Affairs & Marketing
October 28, 2016
Canadian Excellence


Shad K, Alumnus

What’s the best part about being a Canadian musician? For rap artist Shad K (BBA ’05) it’s contributing something positive and unique to the world.

“For me, the process of writing songs and sharing them is a very deep and meaningful experience,” he says.

His third album, TSOL, won the Juno Award for Rap Recording of the Year at the 2011 Juno Awards. His 2007 sophomore album, This Old Prince, was also nominated for a Juno Award.

In addition to music, Shad has found time to pursue a master’s degree in liberal studies.

“It requires some time management,” he says of his varied pursuits. “I think if you like something and you really want to do it, you find ways to get it done.”

It’s Shad’s classic hip-hop style combined with witty, intelligent lyrics that have garnered him critical acclaim. He mixes light-hearted tracks with more serious social critiques such as issues concerning racial stereotyping or the genocide in Rwanda.

“I feel a responsibility to be as honest and creative as possible,” he says. “I really don’t want to be wasting people’s time with music that doesn’t mean anything."