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K-OS at the newsstand

In the 1980s, a new rhythm began to capture the ears of North American youth: rap music. Inspired by the beats and rhymes of New York DJs and MCs, Canadian rappers began to invent their own scene and their own sound. From the Dream Warriors and Maestro to Cadence Weapon and K-OS, CBC Digital Archives takes a look at some well-known Canadian rappers.

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As 2006 gets underway, it's off to the newsstand for CBC-TV host George Stroumboulopoulos and hip-hop artist K-OS. Picking up a copy of Time magazine featuring musician Bono sharing the cover with Microsoft founder Bill Gates, K-OS notes that it illustrates how artists get caught in the middle of a "corporate reality." In this clip from The Hour, the pair also talks about tabloids, National Geographic, The Source, and the black experience in Canada.
• K-OS, born Kevin Brereton in Canada in 1972, spent part of his youth in Trinidad before returning to Canada as a teenager.
  • His first single, Musical Essence, was released in 1993, and he released another single in 1996 before leaving the music business for three years. His debut album Exit came out in 2002.

• "I'd be blasphemous if I came out and said I'm a hip-hopper," K-OS said in 2002. "Because anyone who knows hip hop knows that ain't true... I'm an MC, and I sing and I play a little guitar and I produce tracks, but to say I'm hip hop -- I think the Rascalz were the last elements of that."

• At the time of this clip, K-OS was a three-time 2005 Juno winner, winning for his song Crabbuckit, rap album Joyful rebellion and production work for the video for B-Boy Stance.

• He collaborated with the CBC Radio Orchestra on the 2006 song Burning to Shine, and a documentary about the recording and performing of the song also aired on CBC-TV that February. 

Medium: Television
Program: The Hour
Broadcast Date: Jan. 4, 2006
Guest(s): Kevin Brereton
Interviewer: George Stroumboulopoulos

Last updated: February 17, 2012

Page consulted on September 10, 2014

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