Posts Tagged ‘k-os’
At the NY stop of k-os’ Yes! tour (one of the hottest tours going on right now), k-os, Shad, and Seattle’s Astronautalis kick a seven-minute cypher for the crowd, backed by k-os’ band. All three emcees go four bars each for a good five minutes and end off with 16′s. This shows why I would much rather see a legitimate freestyle session as opposed to a “freestyle” anyday. The energy, the back-and-forth aspect, and even the screw-ups all contribute to the quality of the cypher. If anyone has any other footage from this concert, send it this way because I would love to see it.
Although this isn’t technically a Toronto/DMV collaboration, we like to call Shad our own anyways so it’s close enough in my books. Oddisee of Diamond District remixes “Yaa I Get It” off of Shad’s near-flawless TSOL, blessing it with a more mellow instrumental. The bass and flute give this a 70s funk edge that complement Shaddy’s flow just as well as the original beat. If you’re states-side and want a hard copy of TSOL, it will drop October 5. Also happening in October is a Shad/k-os tour throughout the US hitting up everywhere from The Highline Ballroom in NY to El Rey Theatre in LA. This being k-os’ tour though, don’t kill me if Shad doesn’t appear at every single stop. Download link and tour dates after the jump.
Fresh off the Anchorman mixtape, here are two singles that merit being checked out. One is a blog-hyped Drake collaboration, while the other is my personal favorite and what I believe to be the best track from this project. On “Faith”, Drake and k-os go in over a smooth triplet rhythm while k does a bit of crooning to help set the mood. It’s one of those songs that sounds like it would work great live, such as on Jimmy Fallon with the full Roots treatment. “Joni Mitchellin’ Peeling Out” shows both k-os and Saukrates dominating over a beat that has your head nodding from the get-go with its rhythm guitar and horns. Both rappers own the track, but it’s worth pointing out that k-os brings an amazing flow that supports the loose poetics of his verse. As Sauks would say, it’s flyer than helium.
I was worried for a minute that this was going to get pushed back for a second time, but it looks like you can go to sleep easy listening to something new from Mr. Brereton. As you can see from the artwork above, The Anchorman Mixtape brings 10 new tracks with features from the likes of Saukrates and Drake. This is a great way for k-os to kick off his states-side touring, especially considering that his albums are a tough find outside of Canada. It’s definitely not your standard hip-hop, but if you have indie/alt. rock tendencies or if you just enjoy listening to dudes who know how to work multiple comfort zones, give this tape a listen. EDIT: the link is finally up. Included is a remix of “Zambony” and an intro-free version of the Drake and k-os collabo, “Faith”.
Download: k-os – The Anchorman Mixtape
I’ll probably never get a chance again to post a picture for Sex Panther Cologne on B&B so I have to take advantage of this opportunity haha. k-os released this song earlier today as a lead-up to his August 6 Anchorman mixtape. “BlackWater” is definitely more indie rock than rap, but if anyone can pull that off it’s this guy. This might not be to every hip-hop head’s liking, but you have to give k-os full props for not only being creative but also working multiple genres while sounding at home in each (unlike some cross-genre rappers).
Download: k-os – “BlackWater”
Right on schedule, Wale delivers the anticipated More About Nothing mixtape. I haven’t had a chance to listen to it yet, but going by the tracklist it looks like a hefty serving of new music from the DC native. With not too many features over 21 songs, it’s clear that there was no slacking on this. While on the subject of mixtapes, be on the lookout for k-os’ The Anchorman which will drop later this week. There hasn’t been much blog buzz for it, but if you check his Facebook fan page you will see a teaser video for one of the songs. Download link/tracklist after the jump.
Too esoteric too touch but atmospheric enough to grab like a paint can, tag on the wall.
k-os gets X to direct his latest video for the opening track of Yes!, which is available in stores. I’ve already laid out my case in support of this album multiple times so you know where I stand with this. This video features Hayden Christensen, aka Anakin Skywalker, and hometown hottie Tassja Kemp-Jackson. I’m not crazy about the ambiguous plot, but k-os really sells it in this video so thumbs up for that.
I’m not a fan of these kind of multi-posts since it means not being able to give as much attention to each song/piece of news, but this will save my ass time-wise so here you go.
First order of business is some good news by way of Toronto singer/rapper/songwriter/producer, k-os. After several albums, he will be dropping his first mixtape, The Anchorman Mixtape, July 23rd. Word is the tape will be for the most part strictly spitting, and there will be a Drake collabo on it. Let’s hope this tape won’t go the way of Jay Electronica’s Act II or Ski Beatz’s 24 Hour Karate School. Spotted @ CityOnMyBack.
New music from Big Boi, Diggy, Cee-Lo and Wale after the jump.
This one is for our Canadian readers, and I feel that this post is well-deserved since there has been some crazy hip-hop and R&B to come from Canada in the last year (for all our other readers, in a nutshell, the Juno’s are to Canada like what the Grammy’s are to the US). As you’d guess, Drake leads the nominations for the hip-hop acts, followed by K’naan and Classified. Both “Best I Ever Had” and Class’ “Anybody Listening” got nods for best single, with the latter also getting a nod for best video (which it definitely deserves). Check after the jump for a list of categories in which our finest in hip-hop and R&B got nominations in and for a link to the full list.
I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman feat. Saukrates and Nelly Furtado
The best Toronto hip-hop album of 2009 (Tona’s Direct Deposit is a close second) will be released states-side on February 23rd. k-os has been singing, spitting, and producing for over a decade now, and having listened to all his albums I can say that this is one of his best works. Singer/rappers are nothing new, with dudes like B.o.B., Mos Def, and Saukrates all using that style of song-writing; however, k is a veteran triple threat, and so he knows what kind of beats, what lyrical content, and what melodies work for him. As one of the most skilled conscious rappers in the game, it’s about time that k-os gets some major shine.