19 Songs, 1 Hour 3 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

One of the biggest solo acts to recently come out of Canada, k-os has been rhyming since the early '90 and releasing increasingly popular albums for more than a decade now. Black on Blonde is his fifth full-length since 2002's No Exit, and it features two distinct sides. The first part is more or less straightforward hip-hop, emphasizing his emcee origins with lyrical gymnastics set to uptempo boom-bap-inspired production. The second half is more representative of what k-os has become: a multi-genre pop artist and chameleonesque singer who's as comfortable crooning alongside guitars as rhyming to the beat. No matter what style you prefer, there's something for everybody here. Even if you're not a rap fan, his music is melodic and unthreatening enough to get into (think The Black Eyed Peas). Even if you're not a rock fan, there's enough soul in the mix to enjoy it (think Jay-Z with Linkin Park). Standouts here include "Mojo On," "Play This Game," and "Try Again" featuring Black Thought.

EDITORS’ NOTES

One of the biggest solo acts to recently come out of Canada, k-os has been rhyming since the early '90 and releasing increasingly popular albums for more than a decade now. Black on Blonde is his fifth full-length since 2002's No Exit, and it features two distinct sides. The first part is more or less straightforward hip-hop, emphasizing his emcee origins with lyrical gymnastics set to uptempo boom-bap-inspired production. The second half is more representative of what k-os has become: a multi-genre pop artist and chameleonesque singer who's as comfortable crooning alongside guitars as rhyming to the beat. No matter what style you prefer, there's something for everybody here. Even if you're not a rap fan, his music is melodic and unthreatening enough to get into (think The Black Eyed Peas). Even if you're not a rock fan, there's enough soul in the mix to enjoy it (think Jay-Z with Linkin Park). Standouts here include "Mojo On," "Play This Game," and "Try Again" featuring Black Thought.

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