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Kano on Coming Full Circle with Grime’s Big Moment

on January 21, 2020 - 4:06pm

“The Class of Deja’s doing fine!” declares Kano on “Pan-Fried,” the celebratory Kojo Funds-assisted single from his new studio album, Hoodies All Summer.

Kano lists his top five grime instrumentals

on December 5, 2019 - 10:44am

The MC, and star of Netflix’s Top Boy, shares the beats you need to understand grime.

Kano provides an essential guide to the essentials of early grime in the latest episode of Top Five. The legendary east London MC and Top Boy star, ranks his favorite beats from across the genre's foundational period, taking time to shout out production from Jammer, Ruff Sqwad, Danny Weed, and more.

"We rarely hear instrumentals any more," he says, explaining the turn-of-the-century period when he was coming up alongside peers such as Dizzee Rascal and Wiley.


Kano Talks Us Through 'Hoodies All Summer'

on November 22, 2019 - 10:44am

On the Kojo Funds-assisted track "Pan-Fried," Kano takes a stab at rapping over a warped vocal sample, pitched up to a whine then tuned back down again. He's direct, as usual: "The whole hood got love for me/ For never frontin,' no fakin,' no fuckeries/ Hail up my brothers, but they need a compass/ We're tryna navigate out of this concrete jungle." He pauses to let the sample breathe between his own breaks for air.

It's unusual for an artist of his caliber and determination to do this — truly, every second of speech time counts — but backing tracks blissfully live out their own separate lives



on November 18, 2019 - 12:01pm

The London-based grime rapper, who stars in the Netflix drama “Top Boy,” reflects on British slang, his sixth album, and how to get into the mind of a criminal.

Kano, the British rapper, ended a national tour last month with an unusual home-town performance: appearing at London’s Royal Albert Hall, an august venue better known for presenting classical music than for hosting grime artists.

Kano Is Speaking to a New Generation

on August 30, 2019 - 4:56pm
From ‘Top Boy’ to ‘Hoodies All Summer,’ the East London MC is ready for a new chapter.

It’s been three years since Kano released Made in the Manor, but the East London rapper is getting ready for a busy end to 2019. After releasing his first four projects in five years and establishing himself as a central figure in grime’s first wave, Kano took a six-year break between 2010’s Method to the Maadness and its follow up. Now though, major projects are stacking up. In addition to launching his new album Hoodies All Summer, Kano is also set to reprise his role in Top Boy’s much-heralded