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K-OS at the newsstand

The Story

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.

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

Did You know?

• 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. 



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