K-os has written and produced nearly every part of all three of his three previous albums, and this one's no different. As on his first three albums, collaborations are few (in the past he's hooked up with Sam Roberts, Buck 65, and Kamau). And when he does on Yes!, its pure magic. "Uptown Girl" features who he considers to be two of Canada's "greatest lyricists", Metric's Emily Haines and The Dear's Murray Lightburn. The song is intended to in his own words "address the ghetto, but very clearly say that I wasn't from it". No stranger to sampling or re-tooling massive hits of yesteryear, for today's purposes, in 2006 he recorded a stellar version of John Lennonís "Jealous Guy" for human rights organization Amnesty International.
The battle of the sexes is an underlying theme throughout. W.H.I.P. Cream and The Avenue both candidly speak to the navigation of male-female relations, but with a twist. The former song, arguably the catchiest number on Yes!, provides a thought-provoking and unique lyrical upgrade on how groupie-rock star relations could work in the future over piercing guitars and synths, while The Avenue, might remind you of The Police when they were marrying pop melodies with roots reggae riddim arrangements.
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