It’s hard to believe that almost a decade has passed since I first discovered the music of Canadian alternative rapper k-os. His 2006 gem “Atlantis: Hymns for Disco” was one of the best hip-hop albums of that year and I’ve been a big fan of his eclectic blend of rap, pop, soul and EDM ever since. Ambitious 2013 double album “BLack on BLonde” found k-os — aka Kheaven Brereton — biting off a bit more than he could chew, but the Toronto-based MC bounces back nicely on latest gem “Can’t Fly Without Gravity.”
K-os has always looked to push the envelope when it comes to hip-hop and he continues that approach on this 13-track, 43-minute platter. Though his level of fame has never matched his remarkable talent, “Can’t Fly Without Gravity” should find an audience. He’s clicking on all cylinders here and his mash-up of styles and genres keep things fresh throughout.
Lead single “WiLD4TheNight (EgoLand)” is an electronics-fueled delight, and k-os additionally scores with “Dance in Yo Car,” “Hussle & Flow,” “Crucify,” “Spaceship,” “Turn Me Loose” and punk-infused “Steel Sharpens Steel.” The best song of a very good bunch is Boyz II Men, featuring guest rappers Saukrates, Kardinal Offishall, Choclair, King Reign and Shad. Good stuff. (Jeffrey Sisk)