With positive bars and intelligent word usage, Shad is a great refresher to hip-hop. With a great ear for beats, Shad is an MC that keeps it real, being completely honest about his life on tracks. He understands where he stands in hip-hop right now, and even says so, "Its hard to be black and not be a hard MC." With a sick flow and lyrics that stick to minds like glue, Shad is definitely my cup of tea. Just great rapper pouring his heart out over catchy, well-produced, instrumental melodies and drums.