K-Os conducted by Hugo Lunny  

Canadian Credibility

January 2005

MVRemix: What about our youth voter apathy, which is basically now a widespread problem in Canada? People being just not interested in participating...

K-Os: That's just a statement on society too, right? People are dis-owning the system. They don't think that the system works. It's just a sign of where people are at. It's not something to be liked or disliked, it's more of something that should be taken in as a reality and statement on society, more than trying to judge whether it's right or wrong. The fact exists says more about where the human race is on an evolutionary basis.

MVRemix: Have fun with this one, a la "Fight Club," "If you could fight any celebrity, who would you fight?"

K-Os: Hmmm... [ponders] I'd probably fight... Maybe Michael Jackson.
Any particular reason? Or just as a fun thing?

K-Os: Hopefully if we got in a fight, he would have to be enraged and he'd have to get kind of raw. I think that's all that Michael Jackson needs to do right now is be raw. Hopefully the fight wouldn't be the focus, but the emotion it took to get him to fight could convert to music and we could tap that guy for a second... you know...

MVRemix: Do you smoke weed for creative purposes?

K-Os: I smoke weed.
So just to relax?

K-Os: More for awareness. I think it affects me and I'm really more aware of myself. If that effects me creatively... I never smoked and then went and recorded music or made beats or anything. I used to call that "rap steroids."
What are your thoughts on the near-legalization here in Canada?

K-Os: It's like the prohibition; at one time alcohol was illegal. It's good that Canada's open to those things. I think that people should be able to make that choice and it be able to be controlled - their own consumption of that. Use their morals and judgement to decide how to deal with that and what that chemical actually does to humanity - if it's a hindrance or if it's a help. I think people should be able to make that decision as much as they can eat lettuce. It's from the ground and it's something that was put there. I think that the more you put a big emphasis on that, the more you make it into something of an issue where it's really just a herb. I really think that it grew from the ground and was sort of ours in the first place. It's really a natural form of spice. I've had it in food before and not even known it until an hour later where I kind of responded to it. I think it's a good thing that people are getting the choice to choose.

MVRemix: What are you currently reading?

K-Os: I just got that Bob Dylan chronicles book. I haven't really jumped into it yet but it was given to me as a gift and I'm also looking at a book called "Awakening of Intelligence" by Jiddu Krishnamurti who was a philosopher that died in the early-mid eighties. He used to talk about self-awareness and anti-guru ideas and things about just being friends to people.

MVRemix: Who are your favourite icons in Canadian Hip Hop and why?

K-Os: None. There's none. Because I think I've grown up. Part of growing up is you lose your heroes because now you're critical of them. It's a natural process. It's not because I don't like somebody or I don't respect people. I respect everyone from Maestro Fresh Wes to Dreamworks to Rascalz to whomever. But as far as "icons," I don't really look at it like that.

MVRemix: What are your thoughts on Kanye West?

K-Os: Awesome. I think it's amazing what he's doing. I think the fact that he's been able to make great music melodically and to also say something of substance is the best thing about him. He's tapped into it. Plus his ability to fuck with the convention of contradiction and be more of a complicated human being than just either really good or bad. If you want to call it good or bad or being righteous, I don't know. Like Nas, he does a good job of covering both sides.

MVRemix: What has been your favourite album of this year?

K-Os: Probably the Metric album. There's a band called Metric... another guy by the name of Pete Elkas from Canada. They're the two albums I've been kind of listening to lately. Leslie Feist, definitely.

MVRemix: Aside from promoting "Joyful Rebellion," what else have you been working on?

K-Os: [spoken in a cunning tone] A lot of secret things I can't speak about! Haha. But it has to do with getting together with a friend of mine; another emcee. We're starting to write an album together. More Hip Hop - stuff that's more straight ahead. More obscure, more lyrical. Way more lyrical. Starting that up and sharpening back my skills up as an emcee. Just trading off between another emcee is just fun to do. I'll actually be starting work on that.

MVRemix: Do you have any last words to your fans or potential fans that are going to be reading this?

K-Os: Yeah man, there's no rules anymore. There's this whole preposterous thing of imposing that "I'm a Hip Hop..." or "I'm a metal guy." People really need to get open to all music and share. Soon realize that everything is going to get better. That's what my album essentially is about - getting rid of this whole going to the music store to buy music that's a soundtrack to the lifestyle you choose to choose. As opposed to just loving all lifestyles and trying to embody them all. That's not a judgement. If somebody's at a point where they just like rock music, and that's all they want to listen to. That's definitely not judging them. In my mind, where I'm at right now, it's true of that whole thing of not just liking one thing.

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