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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released August 30, 2019 | Parlophone UK

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Much like fellow grime originators Dizzee Rascal and Wiley, Kano released a highly acclaimed debut album during the genre's first wave circa 2003-2005, then proceeded to spend the following decades alternating between commercially oriented and underground-minded material, with varying results. While Kano has never had chart-topping hit singles like the other two, he's remained steadily popular, with all of his studio albums reaching the Top 50 of the U.K. albums chart, and he's stayed visible through frequent guest appearances (Gorillaz, Chase & Status, Lethal Bizzle) and acting roles. With 2016's Made in the Manor, his first album in six years, he refocused his energy and produced his most successful effort to date, becoming his first Top Ten-charting full-length and winning Best Album at the 2016 MOBO Awards. 2019's Hoodies All Summer is even sharper and more direct, casting off the populist tendencies of some of his earlier releases and emphasizing the emcee's aggressive, razor-sharp lyricism. Addressing problems such as inner-city violence, police brutality, and politicians' indifference to these issues, his words are frank and unsparing, yet he retains a sense of hope and levity throughout. While plenty of Kano's earlier songs were preoccupied with partying, here he references drinking and dancing as essential coping mechanisms for dealing with the ongoing struggle of city life, pledging to "pop ten bottles of escapism" on the Popcaan-featuring "Can't Hold We Down." Other songs such as "Trouble" and "SYM" (featuring the ludicrous taunt "suck your mother and die") are graced with choral vocals, gospel-tinged pianos, and even string arrangements, lending a strong sense of hope but never bogging things down with overwrought sentiments. The production, handled almost entirely by Blue May and Jodi Milliner, is consistently inventive, with jagged, abstract beat patterns befitting Kano's invigorated flows, occasionally breaking for relevant clips from news broadcasts and speeches. Longtime collaborators D Double E and Ghetts (who started out as members of the legendary N.A.S.T.Y. Crew along with Kano) show up and throw down on the brash, defiant "Class of Deja," filled with complex beats and crystalline melodies. Thoroughly inspired as well as creative, Hoodies All Summer is arguably the best work of Kano's career. ~ Paul Simpson
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Dance - Released January 3, 2010 | Full Time Production

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Electronic/Dance - Released February 27, 2015 | New Fresh Records

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Dance - Released November 29, 2009 | Full Time Production

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Dance - Released February 29, 2012 | Full Time

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released March 4, 2016 | Parlophone UK

British grime MC Kano returns in 2016 with his fifth album, Made in the Manor, following 2010's Method to the Maadness. Released ten years after his debut, Kano proves that he hasn't lost his touch, with the lyrical content being just as barbed, albeit a little more personal this time around. There is a plethora of production talent backing him up, including tracks from Rustie, Fraser T Smith, Melé, and Swifta Beater. Kano is joined by Giggs and Wiley on the lead single "3 Wheels Up," JME on bonus track "Flow of the Year," and Damon Albarn on the piano-driven track "Deep Blues." ~ Liam Martin
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Electronic/Dance - Released January 1, 1981 | Mirage Records - Unidisc Music Inc.

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released July 24, 2007 | Ryko - WEA

Ranked #4 in Mojo's "2005 Dance/Electronic Albums Of The Year."
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Dance - Released November 13, 2010 | Full Time Production

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released July 18, 2019 | Parlophone UK

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released June 20, 2013 | Kami Kaze Productions

Alternative & Indie - Released July 27, 2018 | Nova 017 Ltd

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released September 10, 2013 | Kami Kaze Productions

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released February 15, 2011 | Kami Kaze Productions

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released March 26, 2013 | Kami Kaze Productions

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released October 21, 2014 | Kami Kaze Productions

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House - Released February 19, 2019 | Full Time Production

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Drum & Bass - Released April 8, 2019 | Dark Protocol

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Dance - Released November 29, 2009 | Full Time Production

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Dance - Released October 7, 1981 | Full Time Production