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Shad, Tope 

When: Thu., June 12, 9 p.m. 2014
Price: $10-12
TSOL, the third album from London, Ontario rapper Shad, famously beat Drake's Thank Me Later for the 2011 Rap Recording of the Year Juno Award—AKA the Canadian Grammy—which made me wonder if Drake attended the 2011 Junos. Turns out he not only attended, he hosted the show! Can you imagine the epic pouty face he made as Shad made his way to the stage? Or maybe he just nodded knowingly, because he knew TSOL efficiently embodies all that Shad does well: progressive beats with an old soul, sharp and socially conscious rhymes, and a sturdy flow. On his most recent album, last year's Flying Colours, Shad is more exploratory and extroverted, further expanding his beat aesthetic into global and pop realms and letting the boasts fly more than ever before. It's a solid album, but it lost to Drake's Nothing Was the Same at the 2014 Junos. It's the circle of life! (Or something like that.) BEN SALMON

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