After taking people by surprise last month by releasing “Out of Touch,” his first new song since 2018, Toronto rapper Shad is at it again and unveils today a surprising punchy track and its video titled “Work.” Complex called it a “heavy-hitting song,” and said “digging deep into the politics of labour and hustle culture, Shad ponders the endless cycle of work.”
“Like ‘Out of Touch’, ‘Work’ was another song written pre-pandemic that is (sadly) even more timely now,” Shad says. “I knew I wanted to write a song specifically about two aspects of work: One, the way so many of our jobs are disconnected from a sense of meaning and purpose, and from the people and places they impact. And two, just the increasing precarity and scarcity of work. Also as with ‘Out of Touch,’ I wanted the song to hold both the irony/humour and heaviness of our situation.” Produced by and featuring Skratch Bastid, this track was built on a blistering sample from art-rockers We Are The City and mixes old and new influences, taking Shad’s flexible flows into exciting new territory. Justin Broadbent who directed the video shares his inspiration behind the images: “I tried to make a classic, in-studio, rap video (think Rakim) but accidentally took an off-ramp, and it became way more grainy punk. As always, Shad delivers on the clever, collaged, comments – so I tried to do the same with the visuals. Watch it loud!”
The last single “Out of Touch” received an overwhelmingly positive response by media and fans alike. The single also saw Shad landing on billboards and playlist covers across streaming platforms. In addition, last month the renowned Brooklyn-based DJ J. Period released “Globetrottin,” a brand-new song featuring Shad and Masego. “Globetrottin” is a playful storytelling track on J. Period’s EP Story To Tell (Chapter One), which also features Black Thought, Dave Chappelle, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and a host of others.