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Joyful Rebellion

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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Emcee MurdahK-OS 3:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. CrucialK-OS 3:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Man I Used To BeK-OS 5:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. CrabbuckitK-OS 3:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. B-Boy StanceK-OS 4:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. CommandanteK-OS 3:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. the Love SongK-OS 4:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. HallelujahK-OS 4:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Clap Ur HandzK-OS 1:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Dirty WaterK-OS 4:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. One Blood (Jiggy Homicide)K-OS 3:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Papercutz/The Mirror (Medley) (Feat. Kamau)K-Os Featuring Kamau15:27$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 21, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • ASIN: B0002VYQ4I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,429 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

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

Product Description

Joyful Rebellion is the sophomore album from Canadian rapper K-OS that is destined to be a hip hop classic. This Canadian visionary returns with what is unquestionably his best work to date. Tracking the spiritual crossroads of hip-hop, reggae, soul, and flamenco, 'Joyful Rebellion' stirs each of these ingredients into an album that, at the very least, deserves acclaim for blending classic and often forgotten Afro-sounds into the current hip-hop scene. Features the hit 'Crabbuckit' and many more.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Hip Hop's not dead; its really the mind of the EMCEE" February 25, 2005
Format:Audio CD
It isn't easy being an emcee, let alone, being one from Canada. Most are quick to stamp on a label, but it is their own loss because K-Os' sophomore album "Joyful Rebellion" although under-appreciated and overlooked, was one of 2004's best sounding albums. Not that the lyrics were bad, that's not the case at all. Songs like "EMCEE Murdah", "Commandante", "Papercutz", and "One Blood" showcase maturity and the ability to step out of the mainstream box and not cater to its demands. However, what shines best is the eclectic production; ranging from the reggae-rock of "Crucial", old school vibe of "B-Boy Stance" & "Clap Ur Handz", the Latin-flavored "Commandante", and the "old-mixed-with-new" sound of "The Love Song". Also notable is K-Os' versatility; with a sort of "Wyclef Jean"-esque delivery, K-Os can both rap and sing. With that said, there is one thing that tends to bother me; now I'm all for the "rebellion against the superficial materialistic mentality", but K-Os, despite good intentions, tends to be a little overzealous with this particular message; numerous times its either stated or in subtext, regardless, it can get tedious. But in the end, a socially conscious emcee is better than an ignorant one.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Impressive November 24, 2004
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I didn't know what I was getting into when I chose to play this in my store one day. I'm glad I chose to though, because this album is extremely diverse, extremely fun, and K-Os just brims with talent.

I can't name songs specifically, but I can say that K-Os does an amazing job blending different styles of music. This album is truly hard to classify (although we find space for it in our Rap section) and that's something I like. I like genre-busting music. There's aspects of rock, hip hop, rap, a little dance, and some singing. This album is a great way to spend an afternoon, and you won't find yourself bored or disappointed.

It lost a star (and again, I wish we could do half stars) because of my inability to pull any specific songs or sounds to mind. I know I like it, but it's perhaps a tad forgettable.

Do yourself a favor and pick this up.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best hip-hop albums in a very long time December 30, 2004
By silks
Format:Audio CD
I lived near Toronto until 2000, and as a result I was exposed to K-Os very early in his career. I always respected him and thought he was really talented, but I thought his first album "Exit" was too eclectic to really catch on with the mainstream. "Superstarr Pt. Zero" was a cool track, but definitely not major crossover material. And besides, he's a Canadian urban artist, which immediately puts him WAY behind the 8-ball (the U.S. market doesn't even want to hear you if you aren't Shania Twain, Avril Lavigne, or Nickelback). I expected him to fade into obscurity, or at best have a healthy fanbase in Canada, along with a small American following (a la Swollen Members). Boy was I wrong. If "Joyful Rebellion" is any indication, K-Os is going to blow up all over the place.

The lead single in Canada, "B-Boy Stance", is what drew me in. It's an undeniably dope, breakbeat-driven, 80's-style hip-hop juggernaut of a track (if there's a better break to rap over than James Brown's "Funky Drummer", somebody please tell me). The video displays the same stripped-down brilliance, featuring B-Boys and B-Girls throwing down crazy moves against a plain white background (if you haven't seen it, check it out at [...] I simply love this track...a hip-hop song hasn't energized me like this in a decade.

"Crabbuckit" is the second single (it's the lead single in the U.S., I believe), and it's an infectiously jazzy track that you can't help but like. When I first heard it I was anticipating some cheesy jazz-rap hybrid, but by the end of the song I was like, "You know, that's really good". It's now one of my favorite tracks on the album.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Hip Hop. It happened to me. A middle class white kid that grew up on classic rock and watched indie rock and hardcore bubble up from the undergruond into the main stream through high school. I don't know when it happened or why it happened, but it did and I can't get enough of it. Puffy and all the bling kept me away from it for so many years, the Roots sucked me in and showed me what I should be listening to. K-os is something everyone should be listening to.

If Stevie Wonder had been born at the end of the seventies or the very start of the eighties, this is the album he might have made were he in his twenties today. K-os, for me, draws comparisons to the great Stevie Wonder. Both have a unique style and an amazing ability to craft music. Joyful Rebellion runs the gament of hip hop, infusing it with other musical stylings including acoustic guitars, strings and magnificent beats.

EMCEE murdah sets the mood for the CD, letting the listener know that this is not your average over-produced, trite gangasta rap. This is intelligent, conscious; this is hip hop. Crabbuckit sounds like it should be played in a smoky lounge where only the hippest cats hang, complete with saxophone and hand-claps. B-Boy Stance is the song best fit for bobbing your head to. All I have to say about that song is -break-. Dirty Water is my favorite track, it's just a perfect blend of rock and hip hop. The guitar is infectious, K-os's flow is smooth and the entire song just oozes with cleanness.

Joyful Rebellion is a far stretch from your average hip hop and rap. It's a breath of fresh air and a CD that I really enjoy. Progress can't be seen in sales charts or heard on the radio, it can only be seen in the faces of the people and heard in albums like Joyful Rebellion. I've been listening to it non stop ever since I got it and it's quickly becoming one of my favorites. K-os isn't for everyone but he should be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Joyous Rebellion!
I fell in love with this album after being roped in by "Exit" and "Atlantis - Hymns For Disco" and was HOOKED. The rest of the album is pretty AMAZING! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Sister Avalon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I couldn't find K-OS on TPB very easily so I bought this song after hearing "the Love Song" on Pandora. I'm happy I got this album, there are some very cool songs on here. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Valtyr
4.0 out of 5 stars I really like this album!
After hearing a song that I really loved in a movie that I was watching, I really loved this album after previewing the music. I can't wait to download the mp3 for this album. Read more
Published on November 18, 2011 by Frida Kahlo
5.0 out of 5 stars great
all of his regular albums are way more impressive than the collected or the remixed one, but if u like him at all, check out his videos, the are awesome.
Published on September 5, 2011 by Greg A. Merrick
3.0 out of 5 stars quality product...but
The cd i recieved was a promo copy- not sure if it is as exact as the actual release.
Published on June 18, 2008 by Sean P. Spinelli
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth checking out
Love this guy's sound. Diverse, fun, deep when he wants to be... Right up my alley.
Published on October 27, 2007 by Shannon Wolo
5.0 out of 5 stars Lightning strikes twice
With Joyful Rebellion, K-Os has unleashed another near flawless album. The production on Joyful Rebellion is a slight improvement over K-Os's previous album, Exit, without sounding... Read more
Published on March 30, 2007 by Ahmed
4.0 out of 5 stars talented hip hop artist for once
k-os was always keeping it real. And when I first heard man I used to be I also thought of michael jackson(and marvin gaye) and thought I was the only one but I guess I wasn't... Read more
Published on August 4, 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!!! 4 and half stars
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. Read more
Published on May 29, 2006 by Erico
4.0 out of 5 stars close, but....
K-Os is unbelievably talented. There is no single bad song in Joyful rebellion. There are straight up hip hop songs and soulful ballads like "superstar". Read more
Published on April 28, 2006 by Uwa di Mma
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