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Joyful Rebellion

K-Os Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Prizes and Awards: Juno Awards 2005: Single of the Year (Crabbuckit), Rap Recording of the Year, Video of the Year

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1. EMCEE Murdah
2. Crucial
3. Man I Used To Be
4. Crabbuckit
5. B-Boy Stance
6. Commandante
7. the Love Song
8. Hallelujah
9. Clap Ur Handz
10. Neutroniks
11. Dirty Water
12. One Blood (Jiggy Homicide)
13. Papercutz

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Hip-hop continues to grow up, expanding beyond the 'hood and outside of its American birthplace. Like France's IAM or Britain's Dizzee Rascal, this Canadian rapper puts a unique internationalist spin on contemporary rap. K-os is a skilled rhyme-slinger who openly loathes "bling rap" ("Emcee Murdah") and who harks back to rap's golden era on cuts like "B-Boy Stance," a James Brown breakbeat-fuelled number. However, like Andre 3000 and his "Hey Ya" pop affectations, K-os's strongest material might be the tunes that are the least hip-hop-inspired. Between the foot-tappin', finger-snappin' "Crabbuckit" (with a rhythmic backdrop that mimics Ray Charles's "Hit the Road Jack"), the reggae-pop mix of "Crucial," and the wily Michael Jackson impersonation of "Man I Used to Be," the wide array of musical reference points show rap's sonic possibilities. The ultramodern blend of frenzied turntable scratches and classical strings on "The Love Song" is reason enough to cop this. --Dalton Higgins

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Joyful Oct. 27 2004
Format:Audio CD
Though it might not seem as "hiphop" as 2002's Exit, Kheaven "k-os" Bereton comes back in force with some new arsenal. Just picking up where he left off, k-os adds rock/funk/folk sounds throughout the majority of the album. Although this might seem to scare away hiphop heads or casual fans, fear no more. From the introductionary alarming "Emcee Murdah" through the self-explanatory "Papercutz", you are in for a wild ride. Lead off single "B-Boy Stance" is a pure hiphop anthem that will get you "standin' in your b-boy stance" quicker than the beats' rpms. The 2nd single is "Crabbuckit" where k-os explains his non-conformity. We also get a taste of "Neutroniks" which was previously available through the US release of "Exit". If you're not scared of variety and profound lyricism, than look no further.
I see all these reviews stating "best Canadian this best Canadian that"...how about "best album of the year" or "best artist"!? Just stop categorizing artists by their provenance and let's start classifying them by their artform!
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best hip hop cd's ever made Aug. 31 2004
Format:Audio CD
the second album by k-os left me absolutly in awe of what one visionary can create. the depth and diversity of this album allows for an experience unlike any my ears have had the pleasure of hearing before. anyone who enjoys amazing talent being displayed should by this album. k-os creates an album that not only has excellent music on it but also stands up as one of the few positive voices left in the hip hop wasteland that has been created by todays rap superstars. thankyou for this album, it is a reminder of just how good music can be. by the way if you ever get a chance to see k-os live i would highly recommend not passing up the opportunity he brings an awsome energy to his live show and does not dissapoint, his live version of superstar is amazing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Brilliant Sept. 1 2004
Format:Audio CD
Joyful Rebellion is such a nice change of pace from the bling bling era mainstream hip hop is mired in. The lyrics are well thought and sincere, the beats are catchy. If you like artists like Mos Def, Talib Kweli, and Common it is more than likely k-os will find some serious playing time on your cd player.
This album will not disappoint. Pick up his previously released "Exit" too. There's always a message involved with k-os. He is a true artist trying to communicate a worthy message.
Joyful Rebellion against the current state of hip hop indeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!! 4 and a half stars!!! Nov. 19 2006
By Erico
Format:Audio CD
When I heard Man I Used To Be and Crabbuckit on the radio I liked them a lot so I figured I would buy the album and find out just how good K-OS was. When I first listened to the album I was disappointed because it was not what I expected, but I figured I would give it a chance and play it through a couple times. Three or four reruns later I couldn't play it enough. And from then on my addiction to the K-OS and his Joyful Rebellion just kept on growing.

K-OS is a breath of fresh air from the more 'popular' hip-hop artists. Distancing himself from the obscene lyrics and the 'gangsta' rapper image K-OS shows what being emcee is all about. Its not about having fancy cars, beautiful girls and dying in a blazing gunfight, its about making good music. And thats exactly what K-OS does without any of the ego stroking or negative stereotypes.

There are some songs which are little weak such as One Blood and Hallelujah but otherwise K-OS's lineup in Joyful Rebellion is air tight. Dirty Water, the product of his colusion with Sam Roberts (another great Canadian artist) is excellent. Other tracks that are exceptional are B-Boy Stance, Neutroniks, Emcee Murdah and Crucial.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Joyful Rebellion Leads the Way Oct. 9 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Somehow, saying the Joyful Rebellion is amazing does not seem to do this album justice. Not only is it a throwback and reminder of the true hip-hop days, it could not have come at a better time. Hip-hop has had a lot of mainstream garbage coming out, however it does not mean hip-hop is dying. Real hip-hop is out there and K-os is one of the leaders in providing thought provoking lyrics with genuine beats. His lyrical ability is incredible and he truly pushes the boundries of hip-hop. It is no wonder he is so well respected and loved in Toronto. I do not know how big he is in other cities or in the States, but if you are reading these words and want an album that will bring you back to the days of A Tribe Called Quest then you MUST pick up this album. If you enjoyed this album check out OHMEGA WATT'S "THE FIND" or UGLY DUCKLING'S "JOURNEY TO ANYWHERE." There are some amazing lyracists out there, you just cant find them by turning on the radio. Thank you K-os.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Genius!!!! Aug. 26 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
With the lack of luster in the music industry and every new artist sounding more manufactured than the next, Joyful Rebellion invigorates the soul in depths and ways unimaginable.
With Exit's phenomenonal debut, Joyful Rebellion surpasses all expectations of a great follow up album.
Crabbuckit (his second release) is PURE GENIUS! And so many more on this album: Hallelujah, Commandante, Neutroniks, Dirty Water, One Blood, etc etc .... This is a MUST HAVE ALBUM. It is a CLASSIC, it will never be out dated!
We are so blessed to be Canadian watching a world legend being made right in our own backyards .. ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars this cd is worth its weight in gold !
When i first bought this cd i was wondering what the hell i was doing.. Considering im a classic rock lover, but this cd totally bites you where you least expect it. Read more
Published on April 1 2006
4.0 out of 5 stars WOW...
I was a little fishy buying this album at first but i for sure got the bang for my buck.This was an amazing album and i am so glad i picked it up. Read more
Published on Dec 27 2005 by Hip-Hop Head
5.0 out of 5 stars A TRUE MASTERPIECE!!!
ORIGINALITY, CREATIVITY, AWESOME, and GREAT... words that i can use to describe this MASTERPIECE... you better buy this cd coz its all worth it..
Published on April 25 2005
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Great Album, but . . .
It could have my 5 stars.
but the copyright protection ruin the CD once again, I can't put it into my iPod or computer media to listen to!
What a waste! Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2005 by Tristan Chung
He tells you what he thinks, and what is damn true right off the bat. Hip-hop is dying, and its being killed by money, cheddah, the bling bling, all that crap. Read more
Published on Dec 27 2004 by Nasud
5.0 out of 5 stars such a musically gifted guy...
everything about this CD is awsome. He starts off with a sick slow beat lyrically sound song in mcee murda, and then goes on and on switching up his styles. Read more
Published on Dec 2 2004 by nathan
5.0 out of 5 stars Serious Music
I never thought of buying a K-OS album before but yesterday i decided to pick up this new one.. Within the first few tracks you just get so into his voice and the fresh new sound.. Read more
Published on Sept. 26 2004 by Andrew
5.0 out of 5 stars kick ass
This is such a fresh hip hop cd, a must have by everyone who even loves music. Excellent cd, by a truly great Canadian artist.
Published on Sept. 11 2004 by hailey
5.0 out of 5 stars This album is craaaazy...
Everything about this album is so infectious you can't help but get into it. k-os successfully represents the best points of hip-hop in this album. Read more
Published on Sept. 2 2004 by omar r.
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