The English rapper and actor, Kano was born Kane Brett Robinson on 21 May 1985 in England. In 2004, he was approached by Hugo Boss to model for their Spring/Summer collection but declined to begin recording and touring commitments. His debut album, Home Sweet Home gained Gold status in the UK. The album was well reviewed across the British press, most notably in The Independent and The Observer, two of the UK’s major newspapers. In January 2006, he was also nominated for a BRIT Award for Best Urban Act. There is no doubt that the 31-years-old English rapper and actor has definitely paved a successful path for himself in the music industry.
Here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about the English rapper and actor, Kano:
1. Kano was born Kane Brett Robinson on 21 May 1985 in England.
2. He attended Langdon Secondary School, achieving a diploma in graphic design.
3. In his younger years Robinson was a promising footballer, representing Chelsea, West Ham United and Norwich City by the age of 13 but in the end he abandoned his sporting ambitions in favour of a musical career.
4. He joined N.A.S.T.Y. Crew (Natural Artistic Sounds Touching You) who were an east London-based Grime crew.
5. In 2004, he was approached by Hugo Boss to model for their Spring/Summer collection but declined to begin recording and touring commitments.
6. He was voted Best Newcomer award in 2004 at the Urban Music Awards and then in 2005, Kano was nominated for 4 MOBO (Music of Black Origin) Awards, winning the award for Best Newcomer.
7. He released his debut solo single, “P’s & Q’s”, on a 12″ vinyl-only release, which was a massive underground hit, marking Kano out as a rising star.
8. In 2005, he released his second single, “Typical Me”, his first full single release, produced by Dirty Rag. “Typical Me” reached No. 22 in the UK Singles Charts.
9. In September 2005, the fourth single “Nite Nite” was released, featuring Leo the Lion and The Streets. “Nite Nite” hit number 25 in the UK charts, spending six weeks altogether on the top 75.
10. On New Year’s Eve 2005, Kano was announced as one of “London’s Heroes of 2005” by Mayor of London Ken Livingstone. He was also nominated for a BRIT Award for Best Urban Act in January 2006.