|Born||July 18, 1982|
|Origin||London, Ontario, Canada|
|Genres||Alternative hip hop|
|Labels||Black Box Music, Decon, Duck Down Records, Secret City|
|Skratch Bastid, Holy Fuck, Dallas Green, DJ. T. LO|
Shadrach Kabango (born July 18, 1982), better known as Shad or Shad K, is a Canadian alternative hip hop recording artist and broadcaster. He has released six studio albums since 2005. Four of his albums have been shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize and he won a Juno Award for Rap Recording of the Year in 2011. Shad hosted Q on CBC Radio One from 2015 to 2016  and hosts the International Emmy and Peabody Award-winning documentary series Hip-Hop Evolution on HBO Canada and Netflix.
Born in Kenya, to Rwandan parents, Shad was raised in London, Ontario. His mother worked as a lab technologist in a London hospital; his father was a machinist. He attended London Central Secondary School.
While an undergraduate student at Wilfrid Laurier University, Shad won $17,500 from 91.5 The Beat's Rhythm of the Future talent competition. He was entered in the radio contest by his sister. The prize money was used to finance his self-released debut album When This Is Over (2005). The album was recognized for Shad's honest lyrics and focus on social causes--for example, the track "I'll Never Understand" examines the Rwandan genocide and includes poetry written by his mother, Bernadette Kabango.
In 2007, Shad was signed by Black Box Recordings for a three-album deal and released his second album, The Old Prince. The album was supported by four singles, most prominently "The Old Prince Still Lives at Home", with its accompanying viral music video. In 2008, The Old Prince received a Juno Award nomination for Rap Recording of the Year and was a short-list nominee for the 2008 Polaris Music Prize. The music video for the single "The Old Prince Still Lives At Home" was nominated for two MuchMusic Video Awards in 2008.
Shad released his third album, TSOL, in 2010. TSOL was a short-list nominee for the 2010 Polaris Music Prize, the video for the song "Rose Garden" received a nomination for a 2011 MuchMusic Video Award, and the album won the Juno Award for Rap Recording of the Year at the 2011 Juno Awards. On beating out Canadian compatriot Drake for the Juno, Shad said in an interview: "I did not think for a second that I would win. Not for one second. He's massive. He's massive in the States, he's massive in Canada.".
In 2012, Shad released the EP "Melancholy And The Infinite Shadness" and in June 2013, he released a collaborative EP with Skratch Bastid entitled The Spring Up. Shad's fourth album,Flying Colours, was released on October 15, 2013. This album was nominated for the Juno Award for Rap Recording of the Year in 2014, and was a short-list nominee for the 2014 Polaris Music Prize. In December 2014, Shad released a collaborative EP with DJ T. LO entitled "Boarding Pass". 
In 2016, he released a retro pop-rock album, Adult Contempt, under the pseudonym Your Boy Tony Braxton. In the same year, Shad collaborated with Tanya Tagaq on "Centre", a track from her album Retribution, and also recorded for Homeboy Sandman, Skratch Bastid, and A Tribe Called Red.
In October 2018, Shad released his fifth album A Short Story About a War. This album was short-listed for the 2019 Polaris Music Prize, marking Shad's 4th Polaris short-list nomination, the most of any artist.
In the four-part documentary series Hip-Hop Evolution, Shad interviewed multiple noted hip-hop and rap artists to explore the origins of this music genre. This documentary was featured in 2016 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and shown on HBO Canada On December 2, 2016 Netflix released the series internationally. The series went on to be one of the 2016 Peabody Award winners  and won an International Emmy Award for Best Arts Programming in 2017.. On October 19, 2018 Netflix released a 2nd season of the series, and a 3rd season was released on September 6, 2019. 
Shad is described as a "conscious" and "reflective" rapper, known for his witty lyrics on heartfelt subjects. Shad has stated that he was influenced by the artists that he listened to in high school, such as Common, Lauryn Hill, Eminem, The Roots, Notorious B.I.G., and Outkast.
Shad is bilingual, speaking English and French. He holds a business degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and a master's degree in liberal studies from Simon Fraser University. Shad and his wife, Shelaigh, married in 2016 and had a daughter in 2018.