The new album from Juno Award-winning rapper Shad is a densely packed manifesto on life and love, success and failure, with plenty of the sharp wit and humour we've come to expect from the 31-year-old rapper.

Before Flying Colours comes out on Oct. 15 (pre-order it here), we want to give you a chance to listen to it here, and really, what better way to introduce the album than have the man himself present it? 

Shad sat down with CBC's George Stroumboulopoulos to play Flying Colours in its entirety and go through it, track by track, talking about the stories and inspirations behind each song. It's the way Shad wanted his fans to hear the album the first time, by giving each song the context they deserve.

Click below to play our exclusive track-by-track stream and commentary of Flying Colours, which we'll make shareable on SoundCloud in the days ahead.


CBC Music Exclusive 
Go track-by-track with Shad and Strombo on Flying Colours.

And for those of you following along, below you'll find the album's full tracklist followed by upcoming tour dates.

1. Intro: "Lost" (feat. Lisa Lobsinger, Ian Kamau, and K-OS) 
2. "Yall Know Me" (feat. Ebrahim)
3. "Fam Jam (Fe Sum Immigrins)" 
4. "He Say She Say" 
5. "Dreams"
6. "Grace" (Interlude)
7. "Stylin" (feat. Saukrates) 
8. "Progress (Part 1: American Pie,  Part 2: The Future is Here)" 
9. "Remember to Remember" (feat. Lights) 
10. "Love Means" (feat. Eternia)
11. "Thank You"
12. Epilogue: "Long Jawn"

Tour dates

Oct. 19: Toronto, Ont., Opera House
Oct. 24: St. John's, N.L., Club One
Oct. 25: Halifax, N.S., Grand Parade Square (Halifax Pop Explosion)
Nov. 6: Montreal, Que., Théâtre Corona Virgin Mobile
Nov. 7: Quebec City, Que., Le Cercle
Nov. 8: Ottawa, Ont., Ritual
Nov. 9: PEterborough, Ont., The Red Dog
Nov. 13: Hamilton, Ont., The Casbah
Nov. 14: St. Catharines, Ont., Mishun Nightclub
Nov. 15: Guelph, Ont., Peter Clark Hall (University of Guelph)
Nov. 16: London, Ont., London Music Hall
Nov. 18: Grand Rapids, Mich., The Ladies Literary Club
Nov. 20: Chicago, Ill., Schubas
Nov. 21: Minneapolis, Minn., 7th St. Entry
Nov. 22: Winnipeg, Man., Union Sound Hall
Nov. 23: Saskatoon, Sask., Amigo's
Nov. 26: Edmonton, Alta., Starlite Room
Nov. 27: Calgary, Alta., Republik
Nov. 28: Nelson, B.C., The Hume Hotel
Nov. 29: Vancouver, B.C., Vogue Theatre
Nov. 30: Victoria, B.C., Sugar Nightclub
Jan. 31: Toronto, Ont. The Danforth Music Hall

posted by Jesse Kinos-Goodin on Oct 08, 2013