“Yeah, my music bangs and you may want to have fun with it, but I’m also trying to say something,” k-os explains.
“Canada is a new nation, so a lot of black people in this country are first generation Canadians whether they’re from Haiti, Trinidad or Barbados. We are now creating the history of black music in Canada and that’s exciting.”
After contributing four studio albums, two compilations, a live disc, a mixtape and a DVD to the history of Canadian music, the Toronto native is releasing the next chapter, his most ambitious work to date, the double album BLack on BLonde.
In the age of the iTunes single, it’s a gutsy move to release a two-disc record, but for whatever reason, k-os is feeling more ballsier than ever.
The man’s new found courage could be in part due to fellow Canadian heavyweights Sam Roberts, Metric’s Emily Haines, Corey Hart and Sebastien Grainger, all appearing on the BLack on BLonde.
With Canada’s elite in his corner, k-os obviously has big hopes and plans with this one.
“I want this record to be important 100 years from now,” he says. “I want to inspire people to do more things on a legacy level instead of just chasing the club hit.”
k-os made a playlist of acts making Canadian music history.
“These are artists that are constantly on my radar,” he adds.
Bridge to Nowhere – Sam Roberts Band
Stadium Love – Metric
Say What’s Real – Drake
Ahead by a Century – The Tragically Hip
Let Your Backbone Slide – Maestro (Fresh-Wes)