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Tag Archives: K-os
K-os, Yes! Last Gang Records Canadian rap star K-os remains a cult figure in the States, but standout singles such as 2004’s “Love Song” have had an impact, influencing artists like K’naan and Drake (who is taking K-os on his … Continue reading
Canadian rappers unite! Pioneering iconoclast K-os (pictured above) and Weezy-approved superstar-in-training Drake are heading out together for a tour of universities and, uh, “private locations.” I assume these “private locations” are RSVP-only affairs and frat-house parties booked by trust-fund idiots. … Continue reading
Canadian artist k-os has just released his new album, Yes! on iTunes via his imprint Crown Loyalist Recordings. The CD version will be released on April 21 through Nettwerk/Universal. However, it seems that U.S. fans won’t get a chance to … Continue reading
For the past twelve years, the Vans Warped Tour has spread across America, bringing a mixture of mainstream punk bands eager to sell out and corporate sponsors eager to reach our nation’s impressionable youth. And each installment includes a few token rappers eager to expand their reach beyond the backpack nerds who normally attend their concerts. It’s like back in the 60s, when rock festival promoters would salve their liberal consciences by adding a few black artists to the bill.
As sucky as Warped Tour has become can — a tour that once prided itself on carrying one major sponsor (Vans shoes) is now backed by AT&T, for chrissakes — it can have a major effect on artists’ careers. Atmosphere, the Alkaholiks and many others can thank Warped Tour for ballooning their fan base. And we all know what Warped did for Gym Class Heroes.
This year, the 13th edition of Warped Tour will include Canadian musician K-os and Rhymesayers prospect P.O.S. (shown in photo) along with Adult Swim alum MC Chris on select East Coast dates among the hordes of emo nincompoops. (Okay, not all of the rock bands suck: Coheed & Cambria, Fishbone and Bad Religion will be there, too.) Tour dates are below.
The last time Americans saw k-os (meaning knowledge of self) was at SXSW 2006, where he headlined a bill at Antone’s. Supported by a band that included, oddly enough, onetime Smashing Pumpkins bassist Melissa Auf Der Mar, he closed his set by announcing he would no longer record for Astralwerks, the EMI imprint that issued his first two critically-acclaimed albums.
Some heads thought that this might be the last time the Canadian artist would get a full-fledged domestic release of his work and we’d have to find it on import, like most of Buck 65’s catalog. But we forget that k-os is a superstar in his country. When his new album Atlantis debuted in the top 5 of the Canadian albums chart last October, it was clear he’d get another chance to crack the U.S. market. And so it is that Atlantis hits our territory on February 24 via Virgin, another arm of the EMI conglomerate.