Made in the Manor
A decade since debut album Home Sweet Home saw Kano placed among grime’s chosen few, the east Londoner circles back to his roots. At 30 and with ten years negotiating UK hip-hop’s choppy waters on the clock, Made in the Manor sees Kano neatly placed to ruminate on old neighborhoods, family and contemporaries. “Little Sis”, “Deep Blues” and “Endz” are mature, searingly honest and clever reflections, but this is no sentimental collection from an artist winding down. “Hail”, “3 Wheels Up” and “This Is England” are blistering urban commentaries that feel urgent and dangerous.