Kano



Kane Robinson (born 21 May 1985), better known as Kano, is an English rapper and actor. He is a significant contributor and is considered one of the forefathers of Grime music. Kano attended Langdon Secondary School, achieving a diploma in graphic design. In his younger years Robinson was a promising footballer, representing Chelsea, West Ham United and Norwich City by the age of 13, but in the end he abandoned his sporting ambitions in favour of a musical career.

He joined N.A.S.T.Y. Crew (Natural Artistic Sounds Touching You) who were an east London-based Grime crew whose original line-up consisted of Kano, Jammer, D Double E, Ghetts, Stormin, Mak 10, Sharky Major & Hyper. N.A.S.T.Y Crew had a popular show on pirate radio station Deja Vu; airing Monday nights from 8pm to 10pm, the sets featuring established and up and coming special guests such as Dizzee Rascal, Durrty Goodz, Wiley etc. Kano used the crew’s underground popularity as a springboard and left N.A.S.T.Y. His first solo track was “Boys Love Girls”, produced in 2002, and was later taken to a studio and remastered by Dizzee Rascal. He was then signed as a solo artist and began work on his début solo album, Home Sweet Home.

Kano released his debut solo single, “P’s & Q’s” in 2004, on a 12″ vinyl-only release, which was a massive underground hit, marking Kano out as a rising star. In 2005 Kano released his second single, “Typical Me”, his first full single release, produced by Dirty Rag. “Typical Me” reached No. 22 in the UK Singles Charts. The video for “Typical Me” was directed by Andy Hylton. The third single, “Remember Me”, fared less well in the charts, reaching No. 71. Two weeks later, on 27 June 2005, Kano’s début album Home Sweet Home was released. The week his album was released, it was the highest new entry, debuting inside the UK top 40 at No. 36. In September 2005, the fourth single “Nite Nite” was released, featuring Leo the Lion and The Streets. “Nite Nite” hit No. 25 in the UK charts, spending six weeks altogether on the top 75.

London Town was released on 10 September 2007, preceded by the single “This Is The Girl”, featuring Craig David, on 27 August. Along with Craig David the album features collaborations with Blur and Gorillaz front-man Damon Albarn, Kate Nash, and Vybz Kartel. 140 Grime Street was released on 29 September 2008 through BPM (Bigger Picture Music). The majority of the album was produced by Mikey J, with Wiley and DaVinChe supplying two beats each, and Skepta handing the production for the song “These MC’s”. The album featured guest appearances from Ghetto, Skepta, Wiley, and Mikey J. The first single released was Hustler.

Kano’s fourth album, Method to the Maadness, was released on 30 August 2010 and charted in the UK Albums Chart at number 45, making it the rapper’s fourth successive album to appear in the Top 50. The lead single, “Upside” (featuring Michelle Breeze), was released on 23 August 2010. On 1 January 2012, Kano released a mixtape called Jack Bauer 2.4 as the follow up mixtape to the 2010 edition. Kano’s fifth album Made in the Manor (2016), the album entered the UK Albums Chart at number 8, becoming Kano’s highest-charting album since London Town (2007).



Discography

Artist: Kano
Title: This Is England
Album: Made In The Manor
Buy MP3: £0.99 (2016)
Buy Album: £9.09 (2016)
Artist: Kano
Title: Get Wild (Explicit)
Album: Method to the Maadness
Buy MP3: £0.69 (2010)
Buy Album: £3.99 (2010)
Artist: Kano
Title: Anywhere We Go
Album: 140 Grime Street
Buy MP3: £0.99 (2008)
Buy Album: £43.95 (2008)
Artist: Kano
Title: This Is The Girl
Album: London Town
Buy MP3: £0.99 (2007)
Buy Album: £7.99 (2007)
Artist: Kano
Title: Nite Nite
Album: Home Sweet Home
Buy MP3: £0.99 (2005)
Buy Album: £8.99 (2005)
Artist: Kano
Title: P’s and Q’s
Album: Home Sweet Home
Buy MP3: £0.99 (2005)
Buy Album: £8.99 (2005)

Albums
Made in the Manor (2016), Method to the Maadness (2010), 140 Grime Street (2008), London Town (2007), Home Sweet Home  (2005).

Mixtapes
Beats + Bars (2005), Kano Mixtape (2007), MC No. 1 (2008), Jack Bauer: The 7 Day Edition (2010), Girls Over Guns (2011), Jack Bauer 2.4 (2012).

EPs
48 Bars Vol. 1 EP (2008), Not 4 the A List EP (2011), Wavy EP (2012).

Singles
As lead artist

“3 Wheel-Ups” (featuring Wiley and Giggs) (2016 Made in the Manor), “Garage Skank Freestyle” (2015 Made in the Manor), “Hail” / “New Banger” (2015 Made in the Manor), “Spaceship” (2010 Method to the Maadness), “Upside” (feat. Michelle Breeze) (2010 Method to the Maadness), “Get Wild” (feat. Aidonia and Wiley) (2010 Method to the Maadness), “More Than One Way” (2010), “Rock n Roller” (2009), “Hustler” (2008 140 Grime Street), “Feel Free” (feat. Damon Albarn) (2007 London Town), “This Is the Girl” (feat. Craig David) (2007 London Town), “Buss It Up” (feat. Vybz Kartel) (2006 London Town), “Brown Eyes” / “Signs in Life” (2005 Home Sweet Home), “Nite Nite” (feat. Leo the Lion and The Streets) (2005 Home Sweet Home), “Remember Me” (2005 Home Sweet Home), Typical Me” (feat. Ghetts) (2005 Home Sweet Home), “P’s and Q’s” (2004 Home Sweet Home).

As featured artist

“Party Animal” (Ghetts feat. Kano)  (2013 Rebel with a Cause), “Lay Her Down” (Skepta feat. Kano)  (2013 Konnichiwa), “They Got it all Wrong Remix”(Lethal Bizzle feat. Krept & Konan, Squeeks, Wiley and Kano) ( 2013 They Got It All Wrong), “First Class” (Wiley feat. Lethal Bizzle and Kano)  (2013 The Ascent), “Forefather” (Benga feat. Kano) (2013 Chapter II), “Worry About You” (Tyler James feat. Kano)  (2013 A Place I Go), “Beamer” (Melé feat. Kano) (2012 Beamer), “Greatness” (Tanya Lacey feat. Kano) (2012 Head Chef), “Please” (Jakwob feat. Kano)  (2012 The Prize), “Mayhem” (Clement Marfo & The Frontline feat. Kano) (2012 Mayhem), “Live Once” (Plan B feat. Kano) (2012 Ill Manors), “Earthquake (All Stars Mix)” (Labrinth feat. Tinie Tempah, Kano, Wretch 32 & Busta Rhymes) (2012 Electronic Earth), “Still Speedin’ Remix” (Sway feat. Kano)  (2011 The Deliverance).

“Wine De Best” (Orange Hill feat. Kano, Busy Signal and Fatman Scoop) (2011 Wine De Best), “Semantics” (Amplify Dot feat. Kano) (2011 Semantics), “Pow 2011” (Lethal Bizzle feat. JME, Wiley, Chipmunk, Face, P Money, Ghetts and Kano) (2011 Best of Bizzle), “White Flag” (Gorillaz feat. Bashy and Kano) (2010 Plastic Beach), “Against All Odds” (Chase & Status feat. Kano)  (2009 More Than A lot), “Stryderman Remix” (Tinchy Stryder feat. Wiley and Kano)  (2008 Stryderman), “Routine Check” (The Mitchell Brothers feat. Kano and The Streets)  (2005 A Breath of Fresh Attire).

Promotional singles
“Mic Fight” (feat. Demon and Wiley) (2004 Run the Road).



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