Shad
The Old Prince


4.5
superb

Review

by RadicalElephants USER (2 Reviews)
March 5th, 2010 | 13 replies | 8,884 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An amazing follow-up to an amazing debut. Proof that Hip-Hop is still alive.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Shad is by far one of the most talented rappers in music today. He originally put this idea into our heads with his self-produced debut When This Is Over and solidifies this as truth with The Old Prince. This album is truly a masterpiece and should be listened to by anyone and everyone who appreciates well-made beats with intricate and meaningfully lyrics over them. The only thing preventing me from giving this album a 5 is its lack of smooth transition between songs, but we'll touch on that later.

Shad proved to the world that you don't need the backing of a powerful label to produce quality music with his debut album but TOP shows us that it certainly doesn't hurt anything. There is not a single track on this album that doesn't deserve to be listened to a thousand times. Shad covers all sorts of subjects on this album all the way from growing up feeling out of place as a minority to living at home still and trying to save money and he even touches on his love life a little. He gives us beautifully crafted rhymes across the entire spectrum from mind-blowing in Exile (starting at 0:58 into the song) to down right hilarious in The Old Prince Still Lives at home.

The power of Shad's lyrics are only increased by the beats in each song. Combining traditional beats with live instruments (Shad himself can play the guitar) to create a fresh sound that is easier to listen to than almost any other rap album I've ever heard.

As far what I said at the top of this review about the transitions between songs, it is not something that truly takes away from the album. Shad put himself in a somewhat awkward situation when he decided to write songs covering so many issues and emotions. It is difficult to choose track placement when one song talks about how broke you are and induces laughter in the listener and the next touches on social issues and problems with our society. This is no reason to not listen to this album, it just means you should know going in that you are going to bounce around a little beat which is still easy to follow given the quality of each track.

This is an album that will keep true Hip-Hop alive for hopefully a long time more. Shad is a rapper who isn't afraid of poking fun at himself on track one while taking track two as an opportunity to critique the world we live in on a profound scale. Shad has definitely earned a place among the most talented rappers around such as Mos Def, Common and others who know how to use their lyrical talents to try and make a difference. Listen to this album at least once. You more than deserve at least that. End.


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elephantREVOLUTION
March 5th 2010



2741 Comments


i've heard a lot of good things about this album, but i've never listened to it. will have to check it out sometime.

AlexTM510
March 5th 2010



1400 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

pretty good first review

gotta say this album is a 5 for me....his wordplay on this album is just too good...and the variety in emotions is something i appreciate.

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Tyler
Emeritus
March 5th 2010



7926 Comments


Outstanding album by a brilliant performer and all around nice guy. Review isn't bad either, but I'd avoid talking about "true" hip hop (because it makes you sound like a ponce) and try to leave narration out (ie: as I said earlier in my review). You can throw back to earlier points, but I find it's best to do them a little more separately, like, "as said earlier" or "as noted" or something.

RadicalElephants
March 6th 2010



6 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks for the critique Cocaine. I've never written a review of anything so it's a little foreign. Nobody wants to come across as a ponce ever so I will definitely take note of that in the future haha. @Alex, I really want to give this album a 5 and I do enjoy it that much but I just couldn't bring myself to do it realistically especially on my first review.

Bitstream
March 6th 2010



296 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

He's from my hometown. Sick rapper.

burnafterbreeding
March 6th 2010



1466 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Guy rules.

RadicalElephants
March 6th 2010



6 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I agree but what did you guys think of the review?

Sheepinator
August 7th 2010



46 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

way too good.

Th3answer
September 8th 2010



5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great review. Maybe go more in depth about exactly how the flow of the album plays out by describing two or three songs.

RadicalElephants
October 6th 2010



6 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I appreciate the criticism.

Fleeba
September 28th 2012



43 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The best in Canadian hip-hop right now. By a fair margin.

FuncrusherPlus1
November 13th 2012



116 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Very well written.

ShadowRemains
September 2nd 2013



20538 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dis is some good sheeeyit

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