Its official, Canadian rapper/alt hip-hopper K-OS needs a new manager. I’ve been checking for his work since I stumbled upon the fantastic Atlantis: Hymns for Disco, in Fall 2006. “Zambony” and “The Avenue” leaked in December (courtesy of 2dopeboyz), but I heard next to nothing since then. Turns out Yes! came out on April 19th. Who knew?
In my opinion, K-OS pretty much leads the pack when it comes to artists that can sing/rap. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the new K’naan album, but he can’t sing or flow like Mr. Brereton. Whereas Atlantis swayed mostly on the alt hip-hop/indie rock side, Yes! is much more accessible hip-hop. Tracks like my personal favorite “4 3 2 1” and “Zambony” continue to showcase K-OS’ clever wordplay mixed with positive messages. The next single, “I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman” uses the bounce of Phantom Planet’s “California” to its advantage in a story about the seesaw of disfunctional love.
Back to the no promo for K-OS speech. I understand hes probably not as big in the States as he is in Canada, but come on. He even did some shows in his home country, where all fans had to do was show up. If they thought the concerts were worthy of a fee, they could donate to how much they thought it was worth. There wasn’t a bit of press for this. Aside from the “4 3 2 1” video on 2dopeboyz, how does this guy get no play in America? I can’ tell you how many times I heard “Born to Run” and “Sunday Morning” in TV shows, commercials and advertising upfront presentations. Yes! isn’t Atlantis, but its very good and accessible to the masses. How K-OS doesn’t have a slot on any of the major (or minor) U.S. festivals to me, is a tragedy.
K-OS – 4 3 2 1
K-OS – I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman
K-OS – Born to Run (off Atlantis: Hymns for Disco)
K-OS – Superstar part Zero (off Exit)
Pick-up K-OS – Yes! here