Shades Lawrence takes you on a lyrical journey to the Other Side with her thoughtful and philosophical new single — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
An artist who prides herself on her heart-wrenching lyrics and sharp delivery, the Montreal alt-rapper delivers on both counts with Other Side. Despite its polished sonic appearance and emotionally complex lyrics — which describe the emotional gulf that can exist between people even though they care for one another — the song came about quickly.
“Other Side was written very fast, with emotion as the foundation,” Shades shares. “I’m happy it hits so hard on the production side, and hits in the heart, lyrically.”
Shades is a queer Montreal hip-hopper of British, Jamaican, Irish and Scottish descent. She wants her words to uplift others even as she keeps environmental justice at the forefront of her messaging. As she progresses through the journey of finding her sound, Shades performs as a spoken-word poet and hip-hop artist. She has shared the stage with Princess Nokia, Big Freedia and Cakes da Killa.