Shad is a Canadian-born rapper known for producing music capable of making anyone gain the courage to stand up for what they believe in. Unlike the typical verses heard in the rap scene, Shad’s lyrics are usually focused on issues with a greater purpose, like the horrors faced in the Rwandan genocide. He is now touring around the United States promoting his new album, TSOL, an influential record on social awareness and activism. Shad will be performing at Highline Ballroom on Oct. 28. Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are $15.