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Before Kanye. Before Drake. Before Frank Ocean. Before The Weeknd. Before Odd Future. There was k-os. k-os returns with the double album, BLack on BLonde via Crown Loyalist/Nettwerk Records (US) on April 23 (out now digitally).

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  • Audio CD (February 23, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Last Gang Records
  • ASIN: B0033AX20Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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1. Zambony
2. Astronaut
3. Burning Bridges
4. Uptown Girl
5. I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman
6. 4 3 2 1
7. Eye Know Something
8. The Aviator
9. FUN!
10. Mr. Telephone Man
11. Whip C.R.E.A.M.
12. The Avenue

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U.S. pressing of the third album from the Canadian singer and rapper. K-os, born Kevin Brereton, is a genuine neo-crossover artist, proud to not fit perfectly into any genre. On Yes!, K-os raises the proverbial bar, starring as equal part fire-spitting MC, crooner and composer. K-os embraces such contradictions, and it's probably what will make Yes! one of the year's most hyped releases, destined to become a favorite of music bloggers, club DJs and Pop charts. Universal.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YES! INDEED! April 16, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I do not usually write reviews, but DAM! I had to for this one! As a long time K-Os fan I have always looked forward to every release with an equal amount of excitement & curiosity as to what he was going to put out next. For an artist to be as diverse as the multiple forms of music that have obviously influenced them, is a special thing. K-Os is one of those kinds of artists. From the opening track all the way to the final now customary hidden track, he floors you with flat out great music. "Zambony" & "Astronaut" are once again futuristic/retro hip-hop gems, while "Burning Bridges" & "Uptown Girl" hit you with the rock/pop influences that he effortlessly maneuvers to so well. A wonderful extension of hip-hop through the eyes of guitar laced tracks. My personal favorite is the strangely titled "I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman", I could care less what the name of this track is, it is absolutely the s***! Bump this one loud because the beat, the rhythmic strut, K-Os flow, even the guest rapper are absolutely killing this track. To keep this short, the rest of the tracks on the album wonderfully display what an artist should always try to do, grow, expand, & challenge themselves. Never forgetting what their fans love about their work, & yet being bold enough to advance their craft & take the chances that allow them the position to truly call what you do art. K-Os, keep doing what you do so well, & to his fans both old & new (even the curious ones), buy the record, because this is definitely one of 2009's finest! Peace!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I'm a huge K-Os fan -- I have all of the man's albums. I was seriously disappointed when I found out I would have to order his new album Yes! online because it wasn't being sold in stores.

K-Os really returns to his old school-style hip-hop roots with this album while experimenting with new sounds that leave him more "current" than his previous albums. His last album Atlantis, though very brilliant, leaned into a lot of classic/retro pop. I loved the album but it definitely didn't add him any credits as an M.C. but this time he returned showing all of his influences in previous albums with respect to a mature and a very "today" sound.

If I have to knock him one star for ANYTHING it would be he still delves more than necessary into retro sounds -- I think for K-Os to really showcase his talent and remain relevant he needs to be more cutting edge and lead trends rather than stay on the cusps of trends in hip-hop music. However, I am very pleased to see he has found himself and exudes confidence -- the type of confidence that only a man who is comfortable in his skin can convey.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome return to form November 22, 2009
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K-os created an absolute masterpiece with Joyful Rebellion, but his follow-up, Atlantis, was lacking in comparison. After an album where almost every track could have been a hit single but also contributed to a CD more than the sum of its parts, the handful of great songs and 60% filler on Atlantis was disappointing.

I am happy to report that his new album Yes!, while not quite hitting the heights of Joyful Rebellion, does get 95% of the way there. This is another great album from K-os and I can heartily recommend it.

For the uninitiated, K-os blends numerous musical styles, quite often in the same song. He raps and sings equally well, and does whichever combination is most appropriate for the song. He skips genres and styles like Beck in the late 90's, and his raps will appeal to fans of A Tribe Called Quest. Musically, he is organic enough for the average Mojo reader, often playing an acoustic guitar, and while he does include some cheeky samples, most songs are performed by a band.

He supported The Roots on tour and it's easy to see why... in fact if the early, not-so-hard Roots had listened to more punk rock, they might have sounded like K-os. He's a multi-platinum artist in Canada, but criminally underrated in the US, to the point that the CD has to be imported if you won't settle for MP3 files.

On to the music: mainly hip hop with some reggae, acoustic rock and a little dance thrown in, but most definitely identifiable as hip hop. The verses are generally rapped and the choruses are made up of very catchy lyrics, generally sung and usually very good for singing along to. K-os has a pop musician's ear for catchy choruses, and I found myself joining in with most of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Call it baggage, I use it all, to advantage" June 22, 2009
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K-os named his new album 'Yes!' to reflect the positive and unrestrained approach from which he created the music.

A major strength of k-os is his ability to use a genre within his hip hop, and -- while definitely doing hip hop -- making the borrowed genre come alive in its own identity. He does it extensively with indie rock on this album. He does it especially effectively with reggae(ton), including an excellent sequence where he raps against what seems to be but isn't his own echo. There are also some great doo-wop elements, which are not especially subtle except that most listeners will be unfamiliar with the genre. (Also I have to suggest listeners look to "Valhalla", my favorite track from his last album, for a sublime use of the spiritual form as a chorus against rapped verses.)

This is "fusion" in the best sense. More than that, it is the "recontextualization" (c.f. "found art") sophisticates like to talk about, except that unlike an old sneaker put on display in a museum, what k-os does is worth paying attention to. Certainly it is metaphorical, not documentarian, that k-os is pictured on the album cover holding a sampler with his face obscured. The ability of hip hop to incorporate any other genre should, in principle, render hip hop the universal musical form, supremely flexible and given to profound novelty. Reflect on how limited so much of hip hop actually is, and you will see that k-os' disappointment in hip hop is deeper than its fixation on money. Or perhaps its fixation on money, so superficial, has rather deep consequences.

One of the k-os' funny characteristics reappears in this album: while he attacks the pompousness of other rappers, he maintains a way-large ego himself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars soulful music
If you don't like all the gun and drug play in the crap they play on the radio but love hip-hop then this is for you.
very moving and positive
Published 12 months ago by Billy E. Mills Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars k-os in fine form once again
It is a shame that an artist of k-os's caliber goes unheralded in the hip-hop community. His music continues to blow me away for so many reasons - production quality, vocals,... Read more
Published on September 29, 2011 by S. Pilgrim
5.0 out of 5 stars great album
all of K-OS regular albums are very impressive...... the remix album didn't impress me at all, but his regular albums are very great. Read more
Published on September 5, 2011 by Greg A. Merrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Music snobs and top 40 listeners will both love this album.
Since I saw K-OS live back in 2007, I have been a huge fan. He is one of the most dynamic artist I've ever listened to. Read more
Published on October 8, 2010 by MN1002
4.0 out of 5 stars I Like This...
I am a huge K-OS fan and was happy to see that he put out another record. This is definitely a departure from the live band, more granola sounding production of his three previous... Read more
Published on March 20, 2010 by marriediimuzik
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing.
I have always loved how Kheaven embraces many genres of music on YES he stays true to this. If you like good hip hip or even just music then get it.
Published on February 22, 2010 by marriediimuzik
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes! I have it.
This is a very good album. I thought it wouldn't be as good as his last since I play it more times than I do with a lot of my CDs I have and ditial ones too. Read more
Published on September 5, 2009 by J. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars yes
To put it simply, the help of money and better producers continue to aid K-Os in his success. This album is the best composed and produced albums from K-Os but unfortunately not... Read more
Published on June 7, 2009 by yadneb
4.0 out of 5 stars Best (kinda, sorta) hip-hop album of the year so far.
Ok, it's not completely hip hop in form, but it is definitely maintained in essence. It's darker than the last disc, Atlantis... Read more
Published on April 17, 2009 by K. Spearman
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K-OS is great! I heard his song "fun" on the Need For Speed: Nitro video game and I was hooked. He's so weird, and it's so cool! I love how random his music videos are too, they're hilarious cause they're so out there.
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