Hip-hop artist K-NO is without a doubt one of the freshest acts to surface from the Niagara Region in a long time. He was featured on the Chicago-based magazine H.E.E.T. back in 2002, and from then on he hasn't stopped. K-NO definitely has the potential to take Hip-Hop to the next level, with a trend-setting state of mind, his unique sound is soon to get the recognition it deserves.
At the age of 10 K-NO was introduced to what has become his biggest love in life, Hip-Hop. There have been many influences in K-NO's life like 2pac, Notorious B.I.G., Method Man, Wu-Tang, Dr. Dre, Eminem, but his biggest influence and first artist that he could relate to was LL Cool J. It wasn't until the age of 15-16 that he started to write his own material. His motivation to write emerged when former Legendz partner, Rex DS, started writing his own lyrics and freestyling in front of small crowds. Although the skill of writing was present, K-NO didn't take it seriously until last year (beginning of 2006), around the time he started working with A-FAM. They influenced him on many levels, but musically they brought out something new in him. Shortly after, he started work on his written "freestyles" mixtape "Killin Time Vol. 1". That was a dope mixtape but right after that he hooked up with 905 artists Tino & Gau once again. After long hours of living life, drinking, smoking chronic and most important of all, writting, we came up with what ended up being Gau's introduction mixtape. Exec. produced by K-NO, the mixtape "EVOLUTION" dropped in early 2007. His newest project "GANGRENE" will be dropping around AUGUST/SEPTEMBER of 2007. Right after "EVOLUTION" he started work on this new project, and after many hours spent in the studio writing and recording and rehearsing, he came up with a CD that has the potential to take Hip-Hop to a whole new level. It's something new, fresh, intellectual, deep and most important of all: UNIQUE. His lyrical skill evolved through the mixtape series he started "K-NO Presents: The Basement Vol.'s 1, 2 & 3". The buzz and credibility created by these mixtapes pushed K-NO to pursue what had been only a hobby until then.
Since then, K-NO has released a few singles that have solidified his credibility in this city, but has spent most of his time perfecting his craft to the fullest. As each day goes by, his skills get tighter and tighter, constantly in the studio trying to create and contribute something new to Hip-Hop. Some of his earliest material was recorded with the former 905 Records crew (Versetile, FlipX, Street Sweets, Rex DS, Abnormal), but has since moved on to a more serious path. He's worked with open-minded and trend-setting individuals like upcoming artist Rail and DJ Ill Table Manners along with Tino, Gau, Moofeek, Lyrical Prez, Pawn, Splyt, AG, Blaze, Carlito and more just to name a few of the other cats that are making moves in this city and the whole 905 area. K-NO has been making guest appearences on local records, and soon to be extended with artists throughout Canada as his music keeps reaching new grounds everyday.
K-NO's plans for the future are to drop his second full-length album "The Prototype", which is sure to have heads thinking and approaching Hip-Hop on a new angle. No date has been set yet, but make sure to keep checking back for more information on this project.
P.S. If you want to contact K-NO in regards to his music, you can hit him up on email: firstname.lastname@example.org