The alias "k-os", spelled with a lower case "k", was intended to be less aggressive than the pseudonyms of other rappers whose names were all upper case, such as KRS-One.It is an acronym for "Knowledge of Self", although in a later interview he said that it originally stood for "Kevin's Original Sound".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.k-os suddenly withdrew from the music industry in 1996 after receiving an offer from BMG.k-os would later say that during this time he had already completed several albums but was dissatisfied with his music.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.
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.
On March 26, 2002, k-os released his debut album Exit in Canada to critical acclaim.
The United States release followed the next year on January 28, 2003.
His father temporarily stayed behind in Trinidad to continue his work.