I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman

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Kevin Brereton (born February 20, 1972), better known by his stage name k-os (pronounced /ˈkeɪ.ɒs/ "chaos"), is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer. His given name may also be cited as Kheaven, a spelling he later adopted.

The alias "k-os" (spelled with a lower case "k") is an acronym for "Knowledge of Self," although in a later interview he also said that it used to stand for "Kheaven's Original Sound." His 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. A musician as well as a producer, k-os has written and produced nearly every part of all four of his albums. k-os usually performs with a live band, something that is uncommon in the hip hop genre. He sometimes plays guitar and keyboard both during live performances and in the studio.

k-os received his first musical exposure with the single "Musical Essence", released in 1993. 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. The album received positive reviews but sold relatively few copies. He released his second album Joyful Rebellion in 2004, which received platinum status in Canada. Joyful Rebellion received positive reviews, and Atlantis: Hymns for Disco, was released in 2006. His most recent album, Yes!, was released in 2009.

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Kos yes album.gif
Studio album by k-os
ReleasedApril 14, 2009
February 23, 2010
May 3, 2010
GenreAlternative hip hop
LabelUniversal Music Canada
Producerk-os, Rich Kidd
k-os chronology

Yes! is the fourth album of alternative hip hop artist k-os, released on April 14, 2009[7] in Canada by Universal Music Canada. The first single, "4 3 2 1", was released to radio in December 2008 and peaked at #98 on the Canadian Hot 100, also the video premiered on February 17, 2009.[8] "Burning Bridges" and "I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman" are the second and third singles respectively. The album also debuted at #9 on the Canadian Albums Chart. On November 17, Yes! was released on iTunes in the United States. The video for "I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman" was released on November 23 as promo for the US physical release in February 2010. The video for "Zambony" was released on July 14, 2010, as promo for the US and UK physical releases as well.


  • 1 Background
  • 2 Track listing
    • 2.1 iTunes bonus tracks
    • 2.2 Singles
    • 2.3 Charts
  • 3 Yes! It's Yours
    • 3.1 Track listing
    • 3.2 Singles
    • 3.3 Charts
  • 4 References


Yes! was recorded at a number of studios, including Vancouver's The Warehouse Studio, Mushroom Studios, and k-os' home studio. A working title for the album was called Souls on Ice, after a line from "Zambony".

Before recording Yes!, k-os relocated from his hometown of Toronto to Vancouver and changed record labels from EMI to Universal Music Group-Nettwerk. k-os has said of the album, "this album to me is taking those passionate feelings I have and transmuting them into something that's fun -- because I'm having so much fun right now."[9]

On the album cover, k-os is shown painting a wall red with a paint roller, while holding an Ensoniq ASR-X Pro sampler in the other hand. Also, a black acoustic guitar is leaning against the wall, and the word "Yes!" is displayed, similar to the original cover on his debut album Exit, which had a green background with an "EXIT" sign at the top left. It is his first album not to have his trademark "tree logo" on its cover.

The album was included on the longlist for the 2009 Polaris Music Prize.[10]

Speaking on "I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman", k-os said, "this song started because I went over to Saukrates’ house. He invited me over and he was playing a bunch of music because we were trying to get together on a track. And as the story goes, after playing me five or six tracks he was like, ‘oh yeah, and I got this thing’. And I was like, ‘God, dude I have to rap on that.’ And he’s like, ‘that?’ I was like, ‘that’s Phantom Planet’. I didn’t even know it was an OC thing. And he sliced and diced it on his computer, left his verse on it and left a whole second verse for me to write my verse to. And I had that song for a year, no, six months. I was rolling on tour and then by accident we were playing Whistler, DJ-ing and we were running out of songs and we played that song. The crowd was just like, ‘I’m on the run!’ and they’d never heard it before. And I was like, ‘this is going to be on my next album,’ and it was actually the last song that I added to the record. And so his verse is on it, and by default Nelly Furtado is on it. She’s the one singing, ‘can’t really make you love me.’"[11]

About the title; "The title came because I wanted to call it — I couldn't call it "On the Run," because Soxx wanted to use that on his record and I couldn't call it "I Can't Make You Love Me," because there's a Bonnie Raitt song called that and everyone thought it was like blasphemy for me to call it that. So I kept on putting off the title and one morning I was in my bed hungover and my publisher was like 'You've got to tell me a name right now.' I'm like 'I don't know, I wish I knew Natalie Portman.' It was like 'Are you serious right now?' I'm like 'Yeah, I wish I knew Natalie Portman.' And that was it. It wasn't even something I thought about."[12]

Track listing

  1. "Zambony" - 3:46
  2. "Astronaut" - 3:14
  3. "Burning Bridges" - 3:32
  4. "Uptown GirL" (featuring Emily Haines & Murray Lightburn) - 3:38
    • Contains a sample of "Love Buzz" by Shocking Blue.
  5. "I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman" (featuring Saukrates & Nelly Furtado) (Produced by Rich Kidd) - 3:10
    • Originally a Saukrates and Nelly Furtado collaboration entitled "On the Run", this track is the only track that does not appear on the Yes! It's Yours remix album, due to the fact it was a late addition to the album.
    • Contains a sample of "California" by Phantom Planet.
  6. "4 3 2 1" - 3:54
    • Contains a sample of "Soul Flower (Remix)" by The Pharcyde.
  7. "Eye Know Something" (featuring Becky Ninkovic) - 3:36
    • Contains a sample of "I Know There's Something Going On" by Frida.
  8. "The Aviator" - 3:27
  9. "FUN!" - 5:27
    • "Gotham City" (Hidden track)
  10. "Mr. Telephone Man" - 6:06
    • "blackjackjohnson" (Hidden track)
  11. "WhipC.R.E.A.M." - 2:56
  12. "The Avenue" - 9:23
    • "The Backseat" (Hidden track)

iTunes bonus tracks

The following tracks were available with the iTunes pre-order of the album.

  1. "Dance In Your Car"


  • "4 3 2 1" (January 2009)
  • "Burning Bridges" (April 2009)
  • "I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman" (July 2009)

Yes! It's Yours

Yes! It's Yours is remixed version of Yes! containing tracks mixed by producers from all over the world. The album will be made available through concert venues with donations.[14]

Track listing

  1. "Zambony" (Phil Azer Remix)- 2:22
  2. "Astronaut" (Tee L. Remix)- 3:17
  3. "Burning Bridges" (TheSoundCrate Remix)- 3:37
  4. "Uptown Girl" (Jalyn (Film Composer / Music Producer) Remix)- 3:41
  5. "4 3 2 1" (TheSoundCrate Remix)- 3:55
  6. "Eye Know Something" (Herr Kaschke Remix)- 3:15
  7. "The Aviator" (Len Afrosaxon Remix)- 8:42
  8. "FUN!" (Ric Notes Remix)- 3:00
  9. "Mr. Telephone Man" (Len Afrosaxon Remix)- 6:18
  10. "WhipC.R.E.A.M." (Remot Remix)- 2:44
  11. "The Avenue" (Zach W. Remix)- 4:44[15]


"4 3 2 1" (TheSoundCrate Remix)


  1. ^ "Allmusic review". 
  2. ^ "Chart Attack review". 
  3. ^ "HipHop DX review". 
  4. ^ "NOW review". 
  5. ^ "RapReviews review". 
  6. ^ Rayner, Ben (April 14, 2009). "Toronto Star review". The Star. 
  7. ^ "Most Anticipated Albums of 2009: Ones To Watch". MSN Sympatico. Retrieved 2009-04-18. 
  8. ^ "Official Video k-os - 4 3 2 1". YouTube. 2009-02-17. Retrieved 2009-04-18. 
  9. ^ http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/Artists/K/K_OS/2009/04/15/9114926-sun.html
  10. ^ http://polarismusicprize.ca/2009longlist/
  11. ^ http://www.fazermagazine.com/2009/05/27/an-interview-with-k-os-may-5th-2009-in-toronto-ontario/
  12. ^ http://exclaim.ca/Interviews/WebExclusive/k-os_2/Page/4
  13. ^ Top 100 Albums in Canada, jam.canoe.ca
  14. ^ Robert, Thompson (2009-04-17). "K-os Embraces 'Name-Your-Price' Strategy For Tour". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-04-18. 
  15. ^ "Nettwerk: k-os". Nettwerk Music Group. Retrieved 2009-04-18. 
  16. ^ Top 100 Albums in Canada, jam.canoe.ca

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