Shad's latest album up for Polaris Prize

The latest album by London-raised rapper Shad has been shortlisted for the $50,000 Polaris Music Prize.

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The latest album by London-raised rapper Shad has been shortlisted for the $50,000 Polaris Music Prize.

A Short Story About a War is the fourth album by the rapper to appear on the Polaris shortlist.

The 13-track concept album is a departure for Shad (Shadrach Kabango), the former host of CBC’s q radio program. It touches on themes such as the environment, racism, violence and greed and includes such songs as Sniper, The Stone Throwers and The Revolution/The Establishment.

“It’s very different from my other projects . .  . I do love surprising people, capturing their attention, and their imagination,” Shad said in an interview last year with The London Free Press.

The album tells the story of a fictional desert war, with a central character called The Fool, who features in three tracks.

Shad also hosts the HBO documentary series Hip-Hop Evolution. Other acts on the shortlist include Snotty Nosed Rez Kids and Haviah Mighty.

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