[Podcast] Shad talks high school memories, success and failure, and believing in oneself

Shad Interview Podcast on The Come Up Show

Allow us to introduce you to the latest addition to The Come Up Show’s offerings: The Come Up Show Podcast. Every two weeks, we’re bringing you new, in-depths interviews with all of your favourite artists. We know you’re busy and often on the go, so now you can enjoy The Come Up Show’s interviews wherever you are. To get things started, we’re going back to some of our favourite interviews from the past. To kick off our inaugural podcast, it’s only right that we do it with London’s own Shad.

Read the full podcast breakdown after the jump. Listen to the interview below (or if reading’s your thing, check it out here).

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[Audio] Talib Kweli, Elzhi, & Phonte – “No Competition” (Prod: Khrysis)


If you’re tired of lyrical amateurism, this is the song for you. Three of the most talented lyricists of the hip-hop game come together on a fiery Khrysis production, that’s very reminiscent of Dilla. Talib, Elzhi, and Phonte all do their thing but I have to say that Elzhi absolutely slayed this beat and he keeps proving time and time again that he is among the best lyricists of all time. What was your favourite verse/bar?

[Gallery] Two Crown King Farewell Concert with Special Guests

It was a cold Saturday night and the atmosphere at the Music Hall was bittersweet. London’s very own Two Crown King decided to call it quits and hang up their…crowns (sorry) after 5 years of being a band. Sad as this was, the wonderful audience of all ages and the fantastic opening acts, along with a tight closing performance by the headliners themselves, made this a farewell show worth remembering and showed that 2CK are a band that transcends borders. Every band from A-Fos, Stereokid, My Son The Hurricane, and closing off the show Two Crown King gave the best show I’ve ever seen in my life.

What was your favourite moment of the show? What are you going to remember for the rest of your life? Please comment below and in the meantime check out all the photos by our photographer Eddy Rissling.

[Video] PR Starr – “Light it Up” (Dir: ZoeTV)

PR Starr Light it up
“Light It Up” is PR Starr’s new single that is featured on Project Dynasty’s mix tape, Melodic Thoughts. While the video is dreamily romantic, the track is a realistic representation of the complexities of relationships- the good, the bad, and the tragically ugly. Alicia Renee serenades with her soothing voice on the chorus, “Light up the fire that’s out in my heart”. It’s catchy- it’s also relatable.

The cinematography, by Zoe TV Lock Productions, is excellent; it contributes to the overall feel of the track, not to mention they picked the perfect time of day to film most of the scenes (sunset on the beach? Right on). “Light it Up” will also be featured on PR Starr’s third solo mixtape, My Life, Your Entertainment.

[Mixtape] SonReal – “One Long Day”

One Long Day

The wait is over, One Long Day is officially here! From “Believe” to “Luck” and last night’s teaser “Monday Night” we kind of already had a feeling how good this one was going to be, though after just taking it in I’m blown away. From The Stroll, Good Morning, Where’s Waldo, Words I Said, Good News to The Closers he has been really harnessing his sound as an artist, more recently saying how he feels he’s finally found his style though I think he’s had it all along and One Long Day sums it up for you, as it touches on various points in the journey SonReal has been on to get to where he is at now. Instantly drawing you in with “Confession”, you know you’re not hitting the stop button anytime soon leading into the Rich Kidd produced “Shits Hype” followed by “Luck”, “Monday Night”, “LA”, “Today Tomorrow”, “Honor Roll”, “Believe” and “Let Me”. Closing it off with “All” featuring Andreena Mill. With only a few features, Kardinal Offishall, Shad, Willa and Andreena Mill; there’s a good mix of talented producers giving One Long Day a range of different sounds that make up SonReal’s latest free giveaway – we got lucky that’s for sure. Producers like Rich Kidd, Chef Byer, Arthur McArthur, Alex Lustig Chin Injetti, Burd & Keyz, Superville, 2oolman to be exact. I don’t see myself putting this one down anytime soon. Hit play and download the album below and see for yourself though!

[Video] King Menny ft. King Kong – “Arctic Breeze” (Dir: Kaiser Khan & Brian Betty)

King Menny  ft. King Kong - Arctic Breeze

Established last year, Great Minds is a collective growing within the GTA. Starting the New Year off right, Great Minds members King Menny releases the video for his new track titled “Arctic Breeze” featuring another GM member, King Kong. Watch the Kaiser Khan & Brian Betty directed visuals below.

[Staff Lists] The Come Up Show’s Favourite Producers of 2013


As technology inexorably and exponentially becomes more complex and more readily available, it steadily penetrates close to every aspect of every day life. One (arguably) positive benefit of this is all the new music that has burst forth. Not even 10 years ago, it was near impossible for up and coming producers to get anyone “big” to listen to them yet now we have 16 year old producers with cuts on giants such as Jay-Z’s album. With technology comes accessibility, and what we have now is an even bigger world stage of art where even the stalwarts of the game can enjoy and be influenced by the teenage bedroom producers. Hit the jump to see who made our favourite producers of 2013.

[Video] Locksmith – “House Of Games” (Dir: Brian Storm & Locksmith)

Locksmith - House of Cards

We’re not even a month in an I got that feeling like this year is going to top last year for music – and we got a ton of good music last year. Locksmith being part of that list last year with The Green Box, is stamping his spot early in 2014 with the release of a new project coming soon A Thousand Cuts. As a prelude, he drops “House of Games”; a minute of pure fire that literally leaves you speechless. I had to hit the replay button on this one a few times, Locksmith goes in! Produced by Locksmith and Mike Blankenship “House of Games” has an eerie tone that is the perfect backdrop for the bars Locksmith brings the the table, with visuals switching back and forth from Locksmith to surreal like images adding to the effect. Locksmith is definitely making a statement with this one. Having been waiting patiently on A Thousand Cuts for some time now, this one just made the wait a whole lot more suspenseful. Check out “House of Games” for yourself and see what I mean.

[Audio] Jonwayne – “Luda Goes To Church And I DL Lex Luger’s Drum Kit”


I’ve had my eye on Jonwayne for a while now. Since the Alpha Pup days, he has been putting out solid tunes, both on the mic and on boards and this latest release is no exception. As the title clearly states, the song’s a Ludacris remix (“How Low”) set to a church organ and Lex Luger’s distinct drum sounds (that clap snare tho). As odd as this sounds, it all mixes together rather well and makes me think if this church/gospel sound will be appropriated by the new South. Let’s see. Take em to church, Luda!

[Audio] SonReal ft. Kardinal Offishall – “Monday Night ” (Prod: Chef Buyer)

One Long Day

Tomorrow is the day we’ve been patiently waiting on since SonReal announced that he would be dropping a free project to start off the year, One Long Day. Giving us an early listen a couple days ago to “Luck” which can be heard below, SonReal just dropped another song off One Long Day, “Monday Night” featuring Kardinal Offishall. Opening with “Luck” you get a slow paced instrumental where SonReal turns it into a motivational anthem, if you’ve heard “Believe” than it has similar vibes. “Monday Night” produced by Chef Buyer is a more hype track where SonReal and Kardinal go in heavy with some crazy bars. So while we wait on One Long Day to drop tomorrow, take these two gems in; it’ll help make it less of a long night waiting. Hit the comments and let me know what other surprises we can expect on the project, SonReal talks a little bit about One Long Day in a recent interview we did with him.

“We slaves to technology, I’m Kunta Kinte discovering Deuteronomy/ hearts too big for your limited cardiology, what would you rather, a hundred dollars or honesty?” – Kardinal

“If you came here to dance, you’ve got to stay on your toes, tomorrow’s always been something that today will never know, so when they say that I’ll blow, I never say that I know, I just keep that shit a secret like…” – SonReal

[Video] Danny Brown – “Dope Song” (Dir: Rusty)

Danny Brown turns up to freakishly high levels for his latest video, “Dope Song.” On this track Danny puts emcees (himself included) in check for recycling the cliche “dealer turned rapper” story line over and over again.“I’m sick of all these n**gas and their ten year old stories / You ain’t doin’ that no more, n**ga lying to the shawty.” Rather than glorifying the hustle, Danny takes an opportunity to wrap up that chapter of his life, claiming that “Dope Song,” is actually his last song about selling dope. We’ll See if Danny holds on to that statement down the road. Either way,Danny Brown always comes with a lot of energy and creativity on his tracks, take “Dope Song” in, and enjoy that madness that is Danny Brown.

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