Yes! (k-os album)

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Yes!
Studio album by k-os
Released April 14, 2009 (Canada)
February 23, 2010 (US)
May 3, 2010 (UK)
Genre Alternative hip hop
Length 52:14
Label Universal Music Canada
Producer k-os, Rich Kidd
k-os chronology
Collected
(2007)
Yes!
(2009)
The Trill: A Journey so Far
(2009)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Chart Attack 4/5 stars[2]
HipHopDX 3.5/5 stars[3]
NOW 4/5 stars[4]
RapReviews (9/10)[5]
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5 stars[6]
Toronto Star 3.5/4 stars[7]

Yes! is the fourth album of alternative hip hop artist k-os, released on April 14, 2009[8] in Canada by Universal Music Canada. The first single, "4 3 2 1", was released to radio in December 2008 and peaked at #98 on the Canadian Hot 100, also the video premiered on February 17, 2009.[9] "Burning Bridges" and "I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman" are the second and third singles respectively. The album also debuted at #9 on the Canadian Albums Chart. On November 17, Yes! was released on iTunes in the United States. The video for "I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman" was released on November 23 as promo for the US physical release in February 2010. The video for "Zambony" was released on July 14, 2010, as promo for the US and UK physical releases as well.

Background[edit]

Yes! was recorded at a number of studios, including Vancouver's The Warehouse Studio, Mushroom Studios, and k-os' home studio. A working title for the album was called Souls on Ice, after a line from "Zambony".

Before recording Yes!, k-os relocated from his hometown of Toronto to Vancouver and changed record labels from EMI to Universal Music Group-Nettwerk. k-os has said of the album, "this album to me is taking those passionate feelings I have and transmuting them into something that's fun -- because I'm having so much fun right now."[10]

On the album cover, k-os is shown painting a wall red with a paint roller, while holding an Ensoniq ASR-X Pro sampler in the other hand. Also, a black acoustic guitar is leaning against the wall, and the word "Yes!" is displayed, similar to the original cover on his debut album Exit, which had a green background with an "EXIT" sign at the top left. It is his first album not to have his trademark "tree logo" on its cover.

The album was included on the longlist for the 2009 Polaris Music Prize.[11]

Speaking on "I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman", k-os said, "this song started because I went over to Saukrates’ house. He invited me over and he was playing a bunch of music because we were trying to get together on a track. And as the story goes, after playing me five or six tracks he was like, ‘oh yeah, and I got this thing’. And I was like, ‘God, dude I have to rap on that.’ And he’s like, ‘that?’ I was like, ‘that’s Phantom Planet’. I didn’t even know it was an OC thing. And he sliced and diced it on his computer, left his verse on it and left a whole second verse for me to write my verse to. And I had that song for a year, no, six months. I was rolling on tour and then by accident we were playing Whistler, DJ-ing and we were running out of songs and we played that song. The crowd was just like, ‘I’m on the run!’ and they’d never heard it before. And I was like, ‘this is going to be on my next album,’ and it was actually the last song that I added to the record. And so his verse is on it, and by default Nelly Furtado is on it. She’s the one singing, ‘can’t really make you love me.’"[12]

About the title; "The title came because I wanted to call it — I couldn't call it "On the Run," because Soxx wanted to use that on his record and I couldn't call it "I Can't Make You Love Me," because there's a Bonnie Raitt song called that and everyone thought it was like blasphemy for me to call it that. So I kept on putting off the title and one morning I was in my bed hungover and my publisher was like 'You've got to tell me a name right now.' I'm like 'I don't know, I wish I knew Natalie Portman.' It was like 'Are you serious right now?' I'm like 'Yeah, I wish I knew Natalie Portman.' And that was it. It wasn't even something I thought about."[13]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Zambony" - 3:46
  2. "Astronaut" - 3:14
  3. "Burning Bridges" - 3:32
  4. "Uptown GirL" (featuring Emily Haines & Murray Lightburn) - 3:38
  5. "I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman" (featuring Saukrates & Nelly Furtado) (Produced by Rich Kidd) - 3:10
    • Originally a Saukrates and Nelly Furtado collaboration entitled "On the Run", this track is the only track that does not appear on the Yes! It's Yours remix album, due to the fact it was a late addition to the album.
    • Contains a sample of "California" by Phantom Planet.
  6. "4 3 2 1" - 3:54
    • Contains a sample of "Soul Flower (Remix)" by The Pharcyde.
  7. "Eye Know Something" (featuring Becky Ninkovic) - 3:36
  8. "The Aviator" - 3:27
  9. "FUN!" - 5:27
    • "Gotham City" (Hidden track)
  10. "Mr. Telephone Man" - 6:06
    • "blackjackjohnson" (Hidden track)
  11. "WhipC.R.E.A.M." - 2:56
  12. "The Avenue" - 9:23
    • "The Backseat" (Hidden track)

iTunes bonus tracks[edit]

The following tracks were available with the iTunes pre-order of the album.

  1. "Dance In Your Car"

Singles[edit]

  • "4 3 2 1" (January 2009)
  • "Burning Bridges" (April 2009)
  • "I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman" (July 2009)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Canadian Albums Chart[14] 9

Yes! It's Yours[edit]

Yes! It's Yours is remixed version of Yes! containing tracks mixed by producers from all over the world. The album will be made available through concert venues with donations.[15]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Zambony" (Phil Azer Remix)- 2:22
  2. "Astronaut" (Tee L. Remix)- 3:17
  3. "Burning Bridges" (TheSoundCrate Remix)- 3:37
  4. "Uptown Girl" (Jalyn (Film Composer / Music Producer) Remix)- 3:41
  5. "4 3 2 1" (TheSoundCrate Remix)- 3:55
  6. "Eye Know Something" (Herr Kaschke Remix)- 3:15
  7. "The Aviator" (Len Afrosaxon Remix)- 8:42
  8. "FUN!" (Ric Notes Remix)- 3:00
  9. "Mr. Telephone Man" (Len Afrosaxon Remix)- 6:18
  10. "WhipC.R.E.A.M." (Remot Remix)- 2:44
  11. "The Avenue" (Zach W. Remix)- 4:44[16]

Singles[edit]

"4 3 2 1" (TheSoundCrate Remix)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Canadian Albums Chart[17] 23

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