What a amazing end of the year is this turning out to be, first Blu & Exile release their new EP, unexpectedly….and yesterday Shad, out of the blue, has released a brand new mixtape. “Besides” is nearly half an hour of straight goodness, a compilation of tracks that he has collaborated in over the past couple of years. As always the man never disappoints, and excels even when releasing mixtapes. Dope work, support by downloading below, is full of gems.
Here’s a little joint I thought some fans might like; a 25-minute mix of some of the guest spots I’ve done on other projects over the past couple of years. Mixed by my man, the former DMC and Scribble Jam Champion, DJ TLO. Be sure to check out the tracks in full if you dig! — shad
1) give you all i can: scratch bastid and i got together one time and yelled about how good stevie wonder and curtis mayfield are for about 7 hours then he pitched me this beat… i started writing about ma$e and natalie portman and ribs right away which tells you im in a good mood… looking fwd to more work with him.
2) listen (rmx): i put a new 3rd verse on this one and dallas green gave it a chorus and spiced up the verses. love that guy…
3 notorious: kardi, skillz, ayah. jazzy jeff on the beat… my first cornell west reference is contained therein…
4) flawless: frank dukes gave me this heater and i felt like i had to do some deadpan punchline shtuff on there… norm macdonald flow: dirty work.
5) one two check (from the great eascape): joint with my dude louwop. we did a dope live remix with zaki ibrahim. sleeping on her is not advised.
6) rosegarden (rmx): dj t lo beat is irreplaceable. i threw up a new verse and 2/3 of Tanya Morgan hopped on after i ran into don will randomly one time.
7) love: unreleased track from that monster named tona. coming soon…
8) stereotypes: new-new from TO group The Get By. beat is bonkers. had to get on there and shout out TBTBT…
9) want you back: this was the first jawn i did with jazzy jeff. skillz and phil nash also holding it down on there.
10) praise da lord: with maestro… we ate some harvey’s before the session and i got to learn from the godfather. good day…
11) count your blessings (from the green light): w/ relic who is a frequent collaborator i met through my friend the runaway. the green light’s got some heat on there.
12) dawn song (remix): was very happy to hop on this rmx with northwest legends blue scholars. we linked up thru mutual homie dj hyphen.
13) paving the way: incise ft. okay city (london!) and david morin with the smooth vocals….
14) electric city (from metropolis is burning): got another track with grand analog coming soon! love these guys…
15) it’s about time: bonus track on TSOL. sometimes i forget how nice this beat is. promise does his thing on there too.
16) heateration: real freeeqs w/ theo3, grimace love and famous. tone mason on the beat.… TeeDot underground is the best. fact.
17) flux and flow (from siberia) : lights killed this.
18) live forever (acapella): ive been doing this verse a lot at shows lately.
shouts to dj t lo for always holding it down… had to leave many of my favourite collabs off this mix purely for the sake of brevity. which means i have a feeling we’ll be back with another mix very soon… thanks a million times for listening!