Quick-witted and earnest Canadian MC


Kung Foo Grip

Wed, December 5

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Doug Fir Lounge

Portland, OR


This event is 21 and over

"Quick-witted tongue, on-point ear, and truly unique passion for hip hop" – Okayplayer

"Spiritual without being preachy, righteous without being
self-righteous, and human without sounding mundane.” – Pitchfork

"With a discerning, critical eye and disarming sense of humour, Shad is a truly balanced artist, carrying himself with an endearing swagger that's free of pretense.” – Spinner

Shad is a critically-acclaimed MC, regarded for his humour, honesty, and intelligence. His fan base graciously received his first two albums, and his third LP, TSOL, continued to pique new levels of international interest.

Born in Kenya to Rwandan parents and relocated to Canada shortly after, Shad has nurtured a broad range of interests and experiences since his formative years, including, of course, a passion for music. After high-school Shad put his nose to the grindstone and wrote his first songs while studying business at Wilfrid Laurier University where he later graduated with a Bachelor’s degree. Sprung from his dorm-room and financed by the 17 500$ winnings from an unsigned talent competition, Shad’s first record When This Is Over was released in July 2005, and was characterized by overt introspection and social awareness. An unadulterated glimpse of young-adulthood, the self-made album bore promise of even greater accomplishments.

When 2007’s The Old Prince was released on Black Box Recordings, critics immediately incorporated Shad into the dialogue among the most well-regarded MCs in North America. The Juno Awards, the most prestigious honor in Canadian music, nominated the album as Rap Recording of The Year. The Old Prince was also named an official contender for the cutting edge Polaris Music Prize in 2008.

His third album, TSOL, continued his thoughtful approach which traverses soulful arrangements with sharp, progressive lyrics. Since its release on Black Box/Decon in 2010, TSOL was named a shortlist nominee for the Polaris Music Prize - Shad’s second consecutive nomination - and won the 2011 Juno Award for Rap Recording of the Year.

Between tours and stints in the studio, Shad also completed a Master's degree in Liberal Studies at Simon Fraser University, graduating with an M.A. in 2011. With a supportive fan base growing around the globe, Shad has been hard at work on his 4th album, hoping to continue to inspire hope and joy while exploring the depths of his wide-ranging ideas and experiences.
Kung Foo Grip
Kung Foo Grip
Kung Foo Grip is a hip-hop, punk, and trap cocktail, shaken not stirred. The recipe consists of one part Greg Cyph mixed with equal parts Eff is H, with a twist of Krescendo. KFG is dripping with an infectiously different flavor that’ll wake up your taste buds and make you slap your Grandma.

The performance equivalent of a molotov cocktail tossed on stage, KFG will set fire to stereotypes and melt musical genres over a smoldering mound of wood and metal. They've opened for artists like Talib Kweli, Run The Jewels, Flatbush Zombies, Azizi Gibson, Wu Tang, and Seattle’s own Shabazz Palaces, just to name a few. They’ve even hit the stage for three sold out Macklemore between the Gemini Tour at Key Arena and the Washington State Fair.

With a solid catalog of buzz worthy albums under their belt, they finally struck write-up gold with ‘2.K.F.G.’ (2018) produced entirely by Keyboard Kid who previously collaborated with Lil B. This 12 track LP features some of the Pacific Northwest's rising stars and received the midas touch from engineer Elan Wright at the notorious Ruby Room Studios. Rated one of “The 17 Best Seattle-Area Albums of the Year” by The Seattle Times.

They are consistently gaining popularity through HIGH ENERGY live shows, guaranteed to entertain every time. Get ready for something different, strap on your seatbelts and prepare to board the Real High Thrill Ride.