K-Os - Joyful Rebellion DVD     
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Without a doubt, K-OS' Joyful Rebellion was 2004's most slept on album. While K-OS' lyrical talent shined bright, what separated Joyful Rebellion from every other album of 2004 was its production. Complete with a ten-piece band and the Vancouver String Orchestra, K-OS and his production team were able to construct a sonic landscape of rich music that epitomized the heart and soul of what music is all about. The recently released Joyful Rebellion DVD takes this essence and equates it into video form. While the DVD is relatively short, and the video's are simple, it is the message behind each song and video that makes it standout.

The album's best track, "Crabbukit", translates into video form adequately on the DVD. The video is low budget, but the track's heavy jazz riff is beautifully combined with syncopated tambourine and handclaps, as well as sporadic keys and a timely saxophone. As you can tell, K-OS does not offer your usual "Hip-Hop" sound. "The Love Song" and "B-Boy Stance" are both better videos, which round out the three that were released from Joyful Rebellion. "B-Boy Stance" mirrors "Superstar Pt. Zero", as both videos emphasize b-boying. Also included on the DVD is live footage from K-OS' appearance on VH1 Soul. With just a mic and a guitar, K-OS performed "Superstar Pt Zero", "The Love Song", "One Blood" and "Crucial".

The Joyful Rebellion DVD is a simple but effective release. I wouldn't recommend paying full price for it, since it's extremely short and lacks any extra footage or commentary. Still, if you enjoyed the Joyful Rebellion, the songs translate well into video.

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