K-OS - Can't Fly Without Gravity
Released September 4, 2015
By Jordan Taylor
The first time I ever heard a k-os song was in my eighth grade English class. An earlier song of his was presented as part of a poetry unit, needless to say I was instantly hooked to the catchy up-beat melodies rarely heard in the hip-hop scene at the time. Fast-forward 10 years later, I am enamoured with his ability to re-invent himself while staying true to his original sound. In his sixth studio album: Can't Fly Without Gravity, k-os continues to push the boundaries of the modern day hip-hop. One has to realize that the days of his pop-radio hits are gone, as he has emerged as a true genre-crossover artist, taking inspiration from everything at his disposal.
Like his previous album, Black on Blonde, which consisted of two separate types of music, hip-hop and rock, Can't Fly Without Gravity continues with a mixture of genre's unlike any other. With his intro, Snapback, featuring an excellent jazz instrumental to rap on, Steel Sharpens Steel's unique homage to punk rock with a 90's pop bridge, finally to Turn Me Loose with an up-tempo pop, there is something for everyone on this album.
The real treat on this album however, is Boyz II Men, an absolute buffet of the Canadian hip-hop scene both new and old. Performing with k-os on this illustrious instrumental are Saukrates, Shad, Kardinal Offishall, Choclair, & King Reign. All Canadian, all amazing. If you have time and haven't heard of any of these artists I highly suggest you look them up.
Overall another high quality album from the Ontario native. This isn't my favourite album of his, for I will always be still nostalgic about his early success in two back-to-back platinum albums, but I did enjoy this one much more than his most recent work, as it focused on more hip-hop than his exploratory sounds.