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ShaqIsDope – Emotions (Prod. mj Nichols) [Audio]

Toronto, ON – T-Dot’s own ShaqIsDope recently dropped his latest single entitled “Emotions.” You might remember this track off Shaq’s recent EP, Early Beginnings: The Shaquille Baptiste Story (shameless self-promotion: I reviewed the project and you can read it over here).

Anyways, “Emotions” is a great little joint that explores the great lengths we go to in order to avoid feeling things. That hook kills me every time: “We’ve been drinking/ Smoking/ Tryin’ to cope with our emotions.” Because despite the fact that being emotional is semi-cool now, we’re all still fronting that we have thick skin. And when the feels start to get to us, we turn to other coping mechanisms to keep our cool. Check the track below.


ShaqIsDope - Emotions (Prod. mjNichols) [Audio] -

So. Funny story: I put Early Beginnings: The Shaquille Baptiste Story on rotation on my phone last month before we left to go out to Pemberton Music Festial, and the EP’s been making its rounds on my shuffle ever since. I was actually bumping “Emotions” a bunch on Tuesday night. So I was downright giddy when I saw ShaqIsDope had released it as a single.

Twitter: @shaqisdope

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Sarah Sussman is HipHopCanada's Associate Editor in Chief. Sarah is a born-and-raised Calgarian who works as a freelance writer, photographer, and A&R talent scout for Universal Music. During the day, she runs a vintage clothing boutique on 17th Avenue called Used House of Vintage. Sarah graduated from SAIT Polytechnic's journalism diploma program in 2013 and has been writing about Canadian hip-hop since 2012. Sarah has written for The Yellow Pages Group, The Weal, Where Calgary, Essential Calgary, and Our Alberta. Sarah started working with HipHopCanada in January 2013 as the Regional Prairies Editor. She has been fortunate enough to interview and photograph some of hip-hop's greatest influencers including Rich Homie Quan, Action Bronson, Smoke DZA, Future, MGK, Ghostface Killah, Moka Only, Maestro Fresh Wes, Shad, Joey Bada$$, Mac Miller, Maseo (De La Soul), Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest), and more. Follow Sarah on Twitter: @IHeartTART

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