Kano

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Nines tops nominations for first Mobo awards since 2017
West London rapper scores five nominations at celebration of Black British music, with J Hus, Lianne La Havas, Mahalia, Tiana Major9 and Darkoo all earning three

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

24, Nov, 2020 @10:10 AM

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Michael Kiwanuka wins 2020 Mercury prize
Folk-soul singer wins £25,000 prize on third attempt for the album Kiwanuka, described by the Guardian as one of the best albums of the past decade

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

24, Sep, 2020 @6:36 PM

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Mercury prize 2020: where are the albums dragged from the fringes?
Yes, it boasts more women, but this year’s list of nominees doesn’t offer much in the way of surprises

Alexis Petridis

23, Jul, 2020 @10:30 AM

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Mercury prize 2020: Stormzy, Dua Lipa and Michael Kiwanuka among nominees
More female artists nominated than any other year, including a fourth nomination for Laura Marling

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

23, Jul, 2020 @10:30 AM

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The 50 best albums of 2019: the full list
Our pick of the year’s finest albums brings American dreaming, teenage dynamism, heartbreak, barbed rap, impetuous indie and beautiful soundscapes

20, Dec, 2019 @9:41 AM

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Kano review – the grime star comes of age
The star of TV’s Top Boy storms the Albert Hall with a set of raw beauty

Kitty Empire

12, Oct, 2019 @1:00 PM

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Kano review – brash and brilliant block party from Top Boy of UK rap
The rapper and TV star, enhanced by a choir and even a sousaphone, is equally adept at storytelling and moshpits

Graeme Virtue

03, Oct, 2019 @10:47 AM

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Top Boy review – more violent, more gripping, more shocking than ever
Thanks to superfan Drake, Netflix has brought the London drug-gangs drama back with a new generation of cutthroat criminals – and it’s a searing indictment of our times

Rebecca Nicholson

13, Sep, 2019 @6:00 AM

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Kano: Hoodies All Summer review – grime elder statesman back with force
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Kitty Empire

01, Sep, 2019 @7:00 AM

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Ronan Bennett: ‘Top Boy was special to me... I poured it all into the scripts’
Thanks to Drake and Netflix, it’s back

Ronan Bennett

31, Aug, 2019 @3:00 PM

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Kano: Hoodies All Summer review – London's grime guru gets soulful
The veteran MC reveals his pensive side on a brooding sixth album that skilfully fuses the sombre and the uplifting

Al Horner

30, Aug, 2019 @9:30 AM

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'The show needed to come back': how Drake rescued the druglords of Top Boy
It was ‘Britain’s answer to The Wire’. But the gang drama was dead – until the rapper stepped in and pitched it to Netflix. Its stars and writer talk grime, gentrification and Boris Johnson’s Britain

Lanre Bakare

12, Aug, 2019 @7:03 AM

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