Although it may have been overshadowed slightly by Kendrick Lamar’s surprise album, in regards to UK music, last week was all about Kano’s latest release..
Although it may have been overshadowed slightly by Kendrick Lamar’s surprise album, in regards to UK music, last week was all about Kano’s latest release and in this week’s Rap Rundown I look at ‘Made In The Manor’ and his Fire In The Booth as well as an all star collaboration on the remix of P Money’s 10/10 and a Boiler Room set with a pretty note worthy line up.
This month saw Kano follow up his game changing debut album with a record that is arguably as significant. The way the east London rapper formatted 'Home Sweet Home' like a commercial project but maintained the authenticity and originality of Grime, changed the way the genre was perceived by the mainstream market and created a formula for up and coming MCs to follow. The album was as young and unapologetic as Grime itself and reflected, what was at the time, a flourishing genre.
Kano's new album however, is coming from a completely different place. As a musician and an ambassador for the scene, Kano is a lot more established. He has matured alongside Grime and 'Made In The Manor' sees him reflect on that journey which famously started on St. Olaves road.
'Made In The Manor' is as introspective as the title suggests, documenting the rapper's early influences and personal experiences but at the same time, it is a microcosm of British culture, covering topics that are relatable to Brits from all walks of life. 'T Shirt Weather In The Manor' talks about the charm of the English summer as well as the reality of what goes on in the city and 'Little Sis' addresses complicated domestic situations which are familiar to a large proportion of the UK.
If you haven't already, I would definitely recommend giving the project a listen and if you disagree with me and think that the album isn't that significant, let me know.
Following the release of 'Made In The Manor' Kano has obviously been doing the rounds to promote the project. But, the highlight for me, and I'm assuming all the Kano fans, was his Fire In The Booth.
It was without a doubt, one of the best to date. His infamous energy and flow were as prominent as ever but the quality of the freestyle was on another level. It was like he had combined all his best verses and wordplay to ensure that his FITB session would be the one to beat. He even calls out Wretch 32, claiming that he has eclipsed him and challenged for the best FITB title. I haven’t quite decided who gets my vote yet but watch the video below and make your own mind up.
As well as an instalment from one of the Grime scene’s originators, last week also saw an assembly of the genre’s new generation feature of the remix of P Money’s anthem, ‘10/10’.
The track, which features Blacks, AJ Tracey, PK, CapoLee, Saf One, Coco, Jammz and Discarda, maintains the energy of the original and adds a variety of flows and adlibs, creating a track that I can definitely see lighting up the raves. The first chance I get to see them all on stage together, passing the mic and bringing this collaboration to life, I’m there.
Finally, last week also saw the visuals of DJ Maximum’s Boiler Room set (filmed on Feb 28) released which features verses from Skepta, Frisco, Shorty, Jammin, AJ Tracey and Fuda Guy. With a line up like that, you can imagine what the vibe was like. Numerous wheel ups, classic, old school bars and an atmosphere that, regardless of how far Grime has developed and expanded, is still as raw and authentic as it ever was.
Words: Patrick Fennelly
Online Edit: Ra'ed Khan