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Sat 28 Aug 2021

Anyone remotely aware of the Kano’s significance to the fabric of Black British music and culture will know this: he only makes albums out of necessity not hype. At just 10 tracks, ‘Hoodies All Summer’ is certainly an album of necessity. It captures the social zeitgeist of Britain, a mouthpiece for the Black British working-class youth which speaks on youth violence, poverty, racism, trauma, escapism, prison pipeline and general systematic failure. But there is nothing preachy about this album, Kano is not standing on a soapbox yelling at public bystanders. No, Kano is in fact having an intimate and private conversation with the youth of Britain.