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k-os' music incorporates a wide variety of music genres, including rap, funk, rock, and reggae.
The lyrics frequently focus on promoting a "positive message" while at times expressing criticism of mainstream hip hop culture's obsession with money, fame and glorification of violence.
His father temporarily stayed behind in Trinidad to continue his work.
His father worked as a computer engineer and became Director of Communications for BWIA, the national Trinidadian airline, while his mother owned a cosmetics company.
Later, the parent company EMI transferred his record deal to another label, Astralwerks, co-owned by Virgin Records, after some management and scheduling issues.
He released his second album Joyful Rebellion in 2004, which received platinum status in Canada. His fifth album BLack on BLonde was released in 2013. He and his two younger brothers Joshua and Andrew Richard were raised by Trinidadian Jehovah's Witness parents.
Being friends with Nigel Williams, a member of the band Pocket Dwellers, Nigel encouraged k-os to continue to develop his musical abilities when he was confronted with "difficult forays." While attending York University, k-os gained his first exposure in the music industry in 1993 when he released the single "Musical Essence" with a music video financed by a Video FACT grant.
He dropped out of the university shortly afterwards.
After the release of his second single "Rise Like the Sun" in 1996, he withdrew from the industry because he was dissatisfied with his musical style.
He reappeared briefly in 1999 and released his debut album Exit in 2002.
k-os suddenly withdrew from the music industry in 1996 after receiving an offer from BMG.