Black on Blonde

Black on Blonde

by k-osk-os

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Overview

"Mellowing out" after his move from Toronto to Vancouver, Canadian rapper K-Os decides that genre ain't nuthin' but a major category header, and that millennial artists aren't bound by such labels, so let the rap-rocking and rock-rapping begin, and then sequester it. BLack on BLonde is a conceptual piece, putting all its more rap-oriented material on the "Black" disc and all its more rock-oriented material on its "Blonde" disc, but with more highlights falling toward the front, these two discs just beg to be shuffled. It makes for a big and a bit cumbersome listen, but K-Os is best when he's true to his moniker, offering the listener an unpredictable and unclassifiable blitzkrieg of ideas that range from clever to brilliant. There's no reason the furious and twitchy indie rocker "Billy Bragg Winners" ("I wanna read between the lines of a book that means nothing") shouldn't sit next to the alt-rap space poem called "MTV" ("I rap and I think/I am the king") and when you put "Sunglasses at Night" singer Corey Hart on the rap-oriented disc, talking points and blurb-worthy moves seem more important than the music. It's an annoyance because Hart fits perfectly into the karate-kicking, Kid Cudi-styled highlight dubbed "Like a Comet (We Rollin')," as does special guest Travie McCoy during "C.L.A." (like an electro-disco update of Jay-Z's "99 Problems") and Sam Roberts during "Don't Touch" (it's as if the Magnetic Zeros and Bell Biv Devoe came together for the song "That Coachella-Attending Girl Is Poison"). K-Os has always been like Murs over a mash-up and there's no stopping his talent here, so skip the "think piece"-styled segmenting, shuffle, and get right to enjoying this wild, rewarding kaleidoscope of a ride.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/23/2013
Label: Nettwerk Records
UPC: 0067003097826
catalogNumber: 30978

Album Credits

Performance Credits

k-os   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Corey Hart   Composer
Sam Roberts   Composer
Ryan Dahle   Composer,Producer
Roger Swan   Producer
k-os   Producer
Ray Garraway   Composer
Sebastien Grainger   Composer,Producer
Dreamteam   Producer
Jay Malinowski   Composer
DJ Kemo   Producer
Vago   Producer
Rich Kidd   Composer,Producer
Doc   Producer
Hazel   Producer
T-Minus   Producer
Travie McCoy   Composer
Phen Ray   Producer
Veronica Chu   grooming
Daniela River   Engineer
Daniel Humberto Orellana   Composer

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