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Kano’s Hoodies All Summer turns grime into soul

13 Sep 2019

KANO 1

Kano is back with his sixth album – Hoodies All Summer.

This much-anticipated newest release is somewhat biographical yet wholly thought-provoking. It draws upon societal problems for inspiration.

As a gauge of his mood, Kano takes a thematic approach to his album launches. This time he’s setting the scene for his reflective and symphonic release by showcasing at the ultra regal Royal Albert Hall in London.

This sits in contrast to the Brixton O2 Academy which showcased Made in the Manor in 2016, seeing the proverbial roof blown off.

Despite the juxtaposition, the MC’s newest artistic episode is in every way as thrilling and compelling as its predecessor.

With music and commentary, each track offers intimate and vivid storytelling. Every chapter is a deep-delve snapshot of modern life alongside standalone brilliance.

“I realised it’s not about me,” the East Ham grime artist tells Billboard in an interview about Top Boy and his latest album. “It’s more about we. Once I refocused, that opened so much up.”

The 10-track LP’s first release is a 19-minute double hitter, comprising the Trouble and Class of Deja singles. Another single – Good Youtes Walk Amongst Evil, reflects on how hard work (the grind) is more important than fame (shine).

Topical themes such as knife crime, political power and even gentrification are woven through the collection. It also draws upon talent such as Popcaan, D Double E, Ghetts and more.

Kano adds: “The Britain and London areas are dealing with a lot right now, so it was the perfect time to have a dialogue and an open conversation.”