- Prizes and Awards: Juno Awards 2005: Single of the Year (Crabbuckit), Rap Recording of the Year, Video of the Year
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
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.
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 .. ...
Most recent customer reviews
This is an older album but still is a great one and fun to listen to.Published 10 months ago by Fern McGee
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 morePublished on April 1 2006
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 morePublished on Dec 27 2005 by Hip-Hop Head
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
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
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 morePublished on Dec 27 2004 by Nasud
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 morePublished on Dec 2 2004 by nathan
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 morePublished on Sept. 26 2004 by Andrew
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