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Complex Canada lists “King Push” as ‘Best Canadian Song Of The Month’

In a round-up of February releases, Complex Canada listed Toronto’s own ShaqIsDope’s “King Push” to their list. Journalist Josephine Cruz counts the rapper’s disappointments and hardships as the fuel behind the great track. Read the full story.

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“Disappointments and hardships often provide artists the fuel they need to make great art, which is perhaps what happened to ShaqisDope last summer: He was supposed to perform on the same stage as one of his favourite artists, Pusha T, but the festival, unfortunately, got canceled. Though he missed out on the opportunity to connect with the G.O.O.D. Music President, SID decided to pay homage to his idol with the above track “King Push.” Over production by Mark Niels, ShaqisDope confidently flows about his own relentless work ethic on the path to success, while cleverly channeling the spirit of the King himself with several references and allusions, including an impression of Pusha’s signature grunt.” — Josephine Cruz

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Walkthrough: ShaqIsDope (Beats1/Apple Music)

During his successful press run in New York City, ShaqIsDope visited Beats 1 to sit and play music for Karlie Hustle. Hustle critiqued the rising star’s unreleased project. ShaqIsDope also visited BET, XXL, REVOLT, and more. There will be more to come from that sitting. In the meantime, stream the latest by the Toronto musician on his SoundCloud.

ShaqIsDope for @XXL freshman 2017?? Feels good to be away from the hood living my dream

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The FADER premieres ShaqIsDope’s homage track, “King Push”

In February, The FADER premiered “King Push” for Toronto-native rapper ShaqIsDope.

In an email to Lakin Starling, Shaq stated he is “a big fan of Pusha T.” In the summertime, the two were booked to play the same festival, but [the promoters] canceled. “I wanted to pay homage to him through a record.”

That night, Pusha T followed ShaqIsDope on Instagram. Stream the track on the premiere site.

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