One of the great things about the USA exporting culture to the rest of the world, is when it boomerangs back and knocks us on our butt. Canadian export K-OS falls under the guise of a hip-hop MC - but he is one heck of a lot more than that.
K-OS is a genre-bending multi-instrumentalist / front man who has done everything from playing this year's Winter Olympics closing ceremony in Vancouver, to collaborating with big beat/techno kings The Chemical Brothers to portraying Bo Duke in his video for "I wish I knew Natalie Portman" - K-OS is an original is a sea of clones. He has covered John Lennon (at Yoko Ono's request) and a listen to his latest record reveals he is both an unapologetic lover of both rock music (his music samples both Phantom Planet and Nirvana) and 80s cultural detris like Morgan Freeman's portrayal of rogue prinicipal "Crazy" Joe Clark in the film "Stand By Me."
Tonight, K-OS appears at Revolution in downtown Fort Lauderdale, who for the second night in a row have managed to usurp "urban beach week" on South Beach with better gigs at lower prices. A mere $15 gets you into K-OS. That's one square deal compared to a $75 general admission ticket to T.I. at Klutch Sunday night.