Joyful Rebellion

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Joyful Rebellion
Studio album by k-os
Released13 August 2004
RecordedMetalworks Studios, Mississauga, Ontario
LabelVirgin Records (U.S.)
EMI (Canada)
k-os chronology
Joyful Rebellion
Atlantis: Hymns for Disco
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
HipHopDX4.5/5 stars[2]
Obnoxious Listeners4.5/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[6]
Sputnikmusic4.5/5 stars[7]

Joyful Rebellion is the second album of alternative hip hop artist k-os. It was released 13 August 2004 in Canada by EMI and 21 September 2004 in the United States by Virgin Records. It debuted at #7 on the Canadian Albums Chart, and went platinum in Canada, selling over 100,000 units.


  • The MuchMusic Video Awards (MMVA's)
    • 2005 Best Pop Video ("Crabbuckit")
    • 2005 MuchVibe Best Rap Video ("Man I Used To Be")
  • Juno Awards
    • 2005 Single of the Year ("Crabbuckit")
    • 2005 Rap Recording of the Year ("Joyful Rebellion")
    • 2005 Video of the Year ("B-Boy Stance")
  • Canadian Urban Music Awards
    • 2004 Hip Hop Recording of the Year ("B-Boy Stance")
    • 2004 Music Video of the Year ("B-Boy Stance")

At the 2017 Polaris Music Prize, the album won the jury vote for the Heritage Prize in the 1996-2005 category.[8]


Like Exit, Joyful Rebellion primarily focuses on k-os's negative views of the music industry, supplemented by more metaphorical lyrics.

The track "Man I Used to Be" is about a man who wants to revert to his previous self. The tracks "The Love Song" and "The Mirror" are semi-autobiographical. The song "One Blood" is an anti-war message. The song "Papercutz" is k-os's denial that Exit was his last album. "Commandante" features the opening sample of a woman speaking in Spanish on a voice mail.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "EMCEE Murdah" – 3:30
  2. "Crucial" – 3:25
  3. "Man I Used to Be" – 5:04
  4. "Crabbuckit" – 3:48
  5. "B-Boy Stance" – 4:00
  6. "Commandante" – 3:45
  7. "The Love Song" – 4:18
  8. "Hallelujah" – 4:17
  9. "Clap Ur Handz" – 1:20
  10. "Neutroniks" - 3:51
  11. "Dirty Water" (featuring Sam Roberts) – 4:14
  12. "One Blood (Jiggy Homicide)" – 3:29
  13. "Papercutz" (featuring Kamau) – 15:27
    • "The Mirror" (Hidden track)

NOTE: "Neutroniks" is only featured on the Canadian version of the album. The song appears on all versions (except the Canadian edition) of his previous album Exit.



Chart (2004) Peak
Canadian Albums Chart[9] 7