k-os Mountain Stage, Montreal QC, August 3

k-os Mountain Stage, Montreal QC, August 3
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After tossing his all-access wristband into the crowd and ending his initial Friday afternoon set half-a-song in, due to being unable to hear himself perform, Toronto rapper k-os attempted to redeem himself the next day after scheduling conflicts with another performer led to a main stage vacancy. While his performance could have been marred by his immature behaviour the day before, k-os plodded ever onward, performing a set that interspersed his hits between covers and reinterpretations of popular songs. Of note was his cover of Rihanna's "Umbrella," which ended with k-os beat-boxing while the audience sang every word.

The focus wasn't on k-os, but his crew of supporting players, including a tight backing band, a DJ, and a hype man whose breakdancing and infectious smile pulled the spotlight from the rapper. The band kept the set going, and their technical skill drove many of the covers. k-os didn't seem all that grateful to be given a second chance, but he performed his hits with aplomb. The band played a jammy version of the ever-funky "Crabukkit," and an extended version of "Sunday Morning" that featured the rapper on guitar.

The set ended with "Man I Used to Be," which turned into a muddled mess and concluded with k-os nonchalantly walking off the stage. k-os's current attitude makes one hope that he does return to being the man he used to be. Hopefully that results in him finding some gratitude along the way, and maybe some appreciation for his band, hype man included, undoubtedly the stars of the set.