February 20th – k-Os was born Kevin Brereton in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on this day in 1972.
k-Os whose stage name is an acronym for Knowledge Of Self or Kevin’s Original Sound released his first single in 1993 called “Musical Essence.”
k-Os released his second single “Rise Like The Sun” in 1996 and then took a five year hiatus from the industry to re-tool his musical direction and find his artistic voice.
He returned in 2002 and released his debut album “Exit” on Astralwerks Records, which spawned the hits “Heaven Only Knows” and “Superstarr Pt. Zero”. “Exit” also featured a guest appearance by Red 1 of Vancouver’s Rascalz.
During this time k-Os began being managed by Toronto Raptor John Salley.
In 2003, k-Os toured with India.Arie and also won a Juno Award for “Exit” and won the International Hip-Hop Artist Of The Year honor at The Source Awards.
In 2004, k-Os put out his Canadian platinum selling third joint “Joyful Rebellion” which produced three smash hits “B-Boy Stance”, “Man I Used To Be” and “Crabbuckit”. “Joyful Rebellion” took home Juno, Much Music Video and Canadian Urban Music Awards.
k-Os followed that up with 2006’s experimental “Atlantis: Hymns For Disco” which contained the smash “Sunday Morning” which was used as the intro for ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown.”
In 2009, k-Os released his fourth album “Yes!” and followed that up with “Yes It’s Yours” (Fan Remix Album) where an online contest saw k-Os fans win the chance to remix songs from “Yes!”, much like Public Enemy did in 2002 for the Koch Records album “Revolverlution.”
In 2010, k-Os sang at the closing ceremonies for Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia.
That same year he put out “The Anchorman Mixtape” which was basically leftover tracks from “Exit” recorded mainly on a tour bus during a concert trek through Canada.
2011 saw k-Os release “Much Music Presents – k-Os Live”, recorded at The Masonic Temple in Toronto. The album was an unplugged performance.
k-Os, who has been involved in various charitable endeavors and fundraisers including AIDS research and awareness in Africa, is one of Canada’s most beloved hip-hop artists, whose live performances have included accompanying himself on guitar and keyboard, leaving audiences riveted and astounded at his creativity and originality.