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  • Summary: This is the second full-length for the adventurous Canadian rapper, who mixes jazz, reggae and rock with hip-hop. He produced the album himself, and even plays guitar and piano on several tracks.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
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  1. K-Os doesn't necessarily pursue Rebellion's themes far enough. But give him a break -- it's only the cat's second album.
  2. 80
    A schizophrenic journey into the mind of a man who clearly embraces myriad genres. [Oct 2004, p.103]
  3. A blueprint for where hip hop should be headed.
  4. Tracking the spiritual crossroads of hip-hop, reggae, soul, and flamenco, Joyful Rebellion stirs each of those ingredients into an album that, at the very least, deserves acclaim for blending classic and often forgotten Afro-sounds into 04's hip-hop scene.
  5. With genre-hopping abandon he enlists Spanish guitars, jazz bass, reggae horns, rock drums and disco synths, relentlessly asserting that commercial viability and imagination don't have to be mutually exclusive. [May 2005, p.112]
  6. 70
    While k-os's antimaterialist ranting can wear thin at times, Joyful Rebellion builds and improves on the rich, organic, live sound that made his debut, Exit, such a left-field hit. [Nov 2004, p.162]
  7. Gives alt-rap humanism a good name. [28 Oct 2004, p.103]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. SorenaR
    Jan 15, 2005
    I just got this album and i have been listening to it none-stop ever since i got it this morning. It's totally unique and I love it's style. K-OS is definately going places if he continues to produce such great music. And just for the record i'm not even a big fan of hip-hop, but I am a music lover and i can appriciate good music. Thanx K-OS!!! Expand
  2. CM
    Sep 10, 2009
    K-OS second album "Joyful Rebellion" is as underrated as TV On the Radio's "Dear Science" is overrated. Songs like "Crucial", "Man I used to be", "Crabbuckit" and especially "The Love Song" are, in its essence, instant classics that could rival OutKast's best recordings. The question is, why is everyone listening to the Black Eyed Peas instead of the K-OS? Expand
  3. nickb
    Apr 10, 2005
    this is one of the best albums ive ever listened too. Usally i dont like rap, but i loved this album!!!!!!
  4. MikeP
    Oct 11, 2006
    One of the few hip-hop albums that I have heard latley that doesn't have any "filler" tracks. Each song has something to offer. Give it a listen and I think you'll agree Expand
  5. RajithV
    Jan 11, 2007
    Kos has created an album that creatively and intelligently expands hip hop, and gives the audience what it wants. With hits such as Crabbuckit and Neutroniks, the man himself is revolutionizing hip hop to a tee, and making other 'rappers' choke. Expand
  6. Spongeee
    Oct 26, 2004
    This is an overal well done album. The lyrics can hit some medium points but the production and music taste are amazing. This is one CD that knows how to jam, flow, and teach at the same time. K-OS is making a place for himself...with his own style. Expand
  7. MichaelG.
    Jul 27, 2006
    K-os is one of the few hip-hop artists that I truly enjoy listening to. I like how he combines hip-hop,rock, and other genres together. K-os truely has a unique sound. Expand

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