*This review has been re-upped for the US release of the
album* - Ed.
a Canadian and lifetime devotee of the Hip Hop persuasion, I have always been
pretty damn opinionated when it comes to emcees coming from above the 49th
parallel. And I'll be honest; Take away our Backbone
Slide, and there isn't a whole lot of material to boast about. Thank the
stars for K-Os.
Kheaven Brereton is the furthest thing
from your average emcee. Raised by Jehovah's Witness parents, and enveloped by
cultures from Toronto to Trinidad, K-Os
comes with a diverse artistic palette to say the least. If it is at all
possible to compare his music to that of other artists, it'd have to be Lauryn Hill and Mos Def, as is
often the case. Not that he sounds anything like them, he's just that good. He
can rhyme and produce his ass off, and a strong case can be made that he is one
of the best at both as anyone else out there. If you've never heard this man's
material before, than hopefully I'll be able to convince you to get your head
out of your ass.
Atlantis: Hymns for Disco is K-Os' 3rd album, following suit after
his last release, Joyful Rebellion of
2004, and Exit of two years prior. This
record is outstanding music in its purest form. I could do what a normally do
and cut through this record song by song, but given the subject, and how hard
it is to separate the music from the musician, I'll instead treat the album and
artist as one superb piece of music.
There aren't many musicians out there that can nail so many different sounds so
well and with so much passion that it may have you thinking that every song on Atlantis is from a different artist - K-Os