Rap-Sack Backpack:: Shad, Thrust, Jeff Spec & Quake

Maestro Portrait by Kagan McLeod

It looks like I might go on a Canadian hip hop tear to end 2010, as I’ve got a bunch of stuff to cover, and never enough time to do so. To those who’ve sent me stuff, please be patient, I’ll be posting a bunch of stuff over the next few weeks and hopefully I’ll get something up for you. For now, we’ll get the ball rolling with the return of the ever popular Rap-Sack Backpack, our Can-hop singles mailbag post-type deal.

 

The Old Prince. Everyone loves Shad, and if they don’t, it’s likely because they haven’t heard him yet. Thankfully this has been remedied with the release of his excellent album, TSOL, in the US of A (I read a US article after it was released that said something like “TSOL made the top 5 list for Canada’s prestigious Juno prize.” Oh USA, our wacky names do confuse you don’t they?). So now that our American friends can find out about Shad, I trust they are all taking advantage of that fact. To help you, here’s a great remix of “Rose Garden<" from Prefix mag that features the fellas from Tanya Morgan helping Shad out.

 

Here’s a fact about the Ack: he loves veteran Toronto MC Thrust. He loves Thrust’s verse on celebrated Rascalz posse cut “Northern Touch” more than pretty much anyone ever (outside of herohill associate Sean Turner), and so when I came across this new Thrust song, I knew it needed a posting. So consider it posted.

 

Moka Only has likely been the West coast’s unquestioned king of hip hop productivity for some time now, but Jeff Spec has been giving Moka a run for his money lately, so it’s only natural they team up as they have on Jeff’s “Fly B.S.” I like this one, Moka is his usual charming self, but Jeff does well for himself on this one too.

 

We’ll finish in our backyard, as we post one from hungry Halifax MC Quake off of his recently released album, The Myth. “Do My Thing” features Kayo and Boston’s Reks along with production from Tone Mason. I’ve posted on Quake before, he’s certainly a talented MC, and thankfully Kayo and Reks are able to hang with him on this one. It’s a rather big tune, kind of a club track without the usual wankery associated with club songs.

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MP3:: Rose Garden Remix ft. Donwill & Von Pea of Tanya Morgan
MYSPACE:: www.myspace.com/shad

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MP3:: Thrust - Grand
MYSPACE:: www.myspace.com/thrustunltd

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MP3:: Jeff Spec - Fly BS f. Moka Only
MYSPACE:: www.myspace.com/jeffspec

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MP3:: Quake - Do My Thing f. Reks & Kayo
BANDCAMP:: quake.bandcamp.com

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