Montreal Alt-Rapper Shades Lawrence Delivers Hard-Hitting Lyricism & Expert Flow In “Other Side”

Sometimes we feel closer than ever, and sometimes we feel worlds apart – despite our physical distances and emotional blockades. Shades Lawrence does what she does best as she delivers a lyrical journey through the deepest rivers and over the highest mountains in her newest single, “Other Side.”

Shades Lawrence is an artist who prides herself on her heart-wrenching lyrics and sharp delivery. Her newest single “Other Side” is a perfect example of this attention to detail; despite its refined and polished sonic appearance, the song was recorded rather quickly, but the emotion behind the production is clear and hits hard.

“‘Other Side,’ was written very fast, with emotion as the foundation,” Shades Lawrence shares. “I’m happy it hits so hard on the production side, and hits in the heart, lyrically.”

The production is clean and features professionally delivered cadence that does an excellent job at uplifting the narrative. Shades Lawrence’s story tells a tale of the oceans that can exist between people who care for each other. “Other Side” alludes to the issues that may arise when you focus too hard on something and the themes of unrequited love that comes with a ride-or-die partner.

Shades Lawrence is a queer, Montreal-born hip-hop artist of mixed British, Jamaican, Irish, and Scottish descent. Priding herself on her lyrical prowess, Lawrence finds her words tend to uplift others – even as she keeps environmental justice at the forefront of her messaging. Lawrence’s overall production style can be described as alternative hip-hop, helping her fuse her lyrics, and messaging together almost seamlessly.

Her music has drawn the attention of multiple online press outlets, including the Toronto-based Aesthetic Magazine, Canadian Beats, and NYC-based Audiofemme, among other publications as well.

As she’s progressed through the journey of finding her sound, Shades Lawrence has performed over 40 plus shows as a spoken word poet and hip-hop artist. She has shared the stage with a variety of artists including Princess Nokia, Big Freedia, and Cakes da Killa. Her pure lyricism does a great job at uplifting her listeners while ensuring the culture of hip hop is pushed forward.