I think it’s safe to say we’re all (“all” in this case being us here at the hill and the handful of dedicated and truly intelligent folks who read our ramblings) eagerly awaiting a new record from Shad. Unfortunately I have no news, only the assumption that Shad is working dilegently on new material, but thankfully he blessed us with a little gift before Christmas.
Besides is a 30 minute mixtape (mixed excellently by Shad’s DJ & amigo DJ T-Lo) which features some 18 cuts of non-album and feature goodness from Mr. Kabango. There are remixes and wide-ranging collabs with folks like Maestro, Dallas Green, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Grand Analog, Lights, Blue Scholars, Tanya Morgan, Louwop, and Relic. I’ve always been effusive when discussing Shad, and hearing him still be the standout in amongst such esteemed company only reinforces such thoughts. Besides brevity is the only possible negative I can think of, but it is free after all so it would be incredibly churlish to complain about such a thing. So stop complaining Chauncey, and get this. You need this.