It's clear from the very start that Kano has a lot to say. Opening track "Free Years Later" acts as a transition between the last album and this project, giving us an insight into his mindset in 2019. His fiery and increasingly chaotic flow purposely juxtaposes with the melancholic beat to create a real sense of a frustrated anger in his verses. "Trouble" transforms this frustration into an uplifting soulful ballad that acts as Kano 's state-of-the-nation address, offering wisdom to the younger generation while placing the struggles of his community within the context of modern Britain.
Three years after his MOBO winning album 'Made In The Manor' was released, Kano is back with his most important piece of work to date: 'Hoodies All Summer'. His sound and message evolve with each release, this one being less personal and more communal with its tone. Even saying so himself; "[Made In The Manor] was about me, this album is about 'us'." It serves as a record that gives a voice to inner-city communities.
New Musical Express (NME) - 80 Based on rating 4/5
A powerful homage to the victims of a broken society, Kano's latest record demonstrates music's ability to mourn, heal, and ask important questions Next month, cult drama Top Boy will return to Netflix. The show, which started in 2011 on Channel 4, is a moving portrayal of life in the fictional Summerhouse estate in Hackney and become a crucial voice in British culture ever since. The same can be said about one of the show's lead actors, Kano.