Kno (musician)

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Kno performing live in 2011
Background information
Birth nameRyan Wisler
Also known asKnoKash
OriginAtlanta, Georgia
GenresHip hop, alternative hip hop
Occupation(s)Rapper, producer, singer
Years active1999-present
LabelsQN5 Music, APOS Music
Associated acts

Ryan Wisler, better known by his stage name Kno, is an American alternative hip hop rapper, producer, and singer.[1] He is a founding member of the hip hop groups CunninLynguists and Built to Fade. Kno is currently signed to QN5 Music and APOS Music.[2] In 2010, Kno was named "one of the top loop-miners east of the Mississippi" by URB.[3]


Kno first became known as a prominent hip hop producer and rapper through the indie hip hop group CunninLynguists, which consists of him, Deacon the Villain and Natti.[4] In 2004, he released his remixed version of Jay-Z's album The Black Album, called Kno vs Hov - The White Albulum.[5] Between 2004-2006, he released a series of hip hop instrumentals, named Excrementals.[6]

In 2010, Kno released his debut solo album Death Is Silent, which was received critically acclaimed, with URB Magazine giving the album 4.5/5, saying "Easily one of the top five most satisfying hip-hop albums of the year and possibly one of the year’s ten best genre-wide." and HipHopDX giving it a 4/5 saying: "This makes the production on Death is Silent that much more poignant as Kno chose to go across the Atlantic rather than across the Mississippi when it came to mining sounds for one of the year’s strongest collection of beats."[7] In 2013, Kno formed a new group, Built to Fade, with vocalists Dane Ferguson, Zoe Wick and Anna Wise (of Sonnymoon). The band released their debut album To Dust on November 12.[8]


In 2019, Kno criticized supporters of Bernie Sanders by likening them to "Trump cultists" in a series of tweets[9], in which he also voiced support for centrist policies supported by Wall Street investment banks[10].


Solo albums

Collaborative albums

  • Machete Vision (2011) (with Marq Spekt)
  • Phantom Limbs (2015) (with Sadistik)

Remix albums[edit]

  • Kno vs Hov - The White Albulum (2004)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Excrementals Vol. 1 (2004)
  • Excrementals Vol. 2 (2004)
  • Excrementals Vol. 3 (2004)
  • Excrementals Vol. 4 (2006)
  • Excrementals Vol. 5 (2006)


  • Jugga the Bully – "Tha Jugganaut's Comin'", "Pressure", "Feel Me", "Sh*t Is Bangin", "Anachronisms" and "You Dat" from Hostile Takeover (1999)
  • Tonedeff – "Love Ain't (Remix)" from Underscore (2003)
  • Substantial – "Arrogant" from Substantial Evidence (2003)
  • iCON the Mic King – "Ahead Of My Time" from Rent Money Music (2003)
  • Braille – "Right This Moment" from Shades Of Grey (2004)
  • Oktober – "Stay In Line" from Project:Building (2004)
  • Tonedeff – "Loyal" from Archetype (2005)
  • PackFM – "Excuses", "Ugly Woman" and "Forevershine" from WhutduzFMstand4? (2006)
  • Pizon – "Say Goodbye" and "Four Letters" from I Am Hip Hop (2006)
  • Celph Titled – "Clap" and "616 Rewind" from The Gatalog: A Collection Of Chaos (2006)
  • Elemental Zazen – "No Survivors" and "Hanging By A Thread" from The Glass Should Be Full (2008)
  • Inverse – "Til The End (C.A.L.I.)" and "Look Around" from So Far (The Collection) (2008)
  • Braille – "Get It Right" from The IV Edition (2008)
  • Substantial – "It's You (I Think)" from Sacrifice (2008)
  • PackFM – "Wanna Know" from I F*cking Hate Rappers (2010)
  • Freddie Gibbs – "The Coldest" from Str8 Killa (2010)
  • Deacon the Villain and Sheisty Khrist – "A Million Miles" and "Black Dog" from Niggaz With Latitude (2010)
  • Sadistik – "Kill the King" from Flowers For My Father (2013)
  • Natti – "Another Galaxy", "Just Like You" and "Filthy Hard" from Still Motion (2013)


  1. ^ Howard, Jacinta (2009-11-25). "Q&A with Kno of CunninLynguists". Westword. Retrieved 2017-02-11.
  2. ^ "CunninLynguists | QN5 Music". Retrieved 2017-02-11.
  3. ^ "Kno - Death Is Silent URB Review". Archived from the original on 2010-10-13.
  4. ^ Okayplayer. "An Episode of Strange Journeys with the CunninLynguists - Okayplayer Okayplayer". Retrieved 2017-02-11.
  5. ^ "The White Albulum, by Kno vs. Hov". CunninLynguists. Retrieved 2017-02-11.
  6. ^ "Excrementals Vol. 1 - Kno — Listen and discover music at". Retrieved 2017-02-11.
  7. ^ "Kno, Death Is Silent | URB.COM". 2010-10-13. Archived from the original Check |url= value (help) on 2010-10-13. Retrieved 2017-02-11.
  8. ^ Zirpolo, Craig (7 October 2013). "Built to Fade ready to shine". Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  9. ^ "Kno on Twitter: If anyone says you're overreacting comparing Bernie fanboys to Trump cultists, simply dis one of their favorite c-list, neck-bearded podcasters. They'll go from "🌹🌹 Medicare For All 🌹🌹" to full 4Chan in your mentions at fucking breakneck speed". 17 June 2019. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  10. ^ "Kno on Twitter: Imagine holding a grudge against a woman for dunking on you in '18 only to doxx them a year later for *checks notes* having a different opinion about a thing they actually have a degree & career in. Keep proving my point by doing cartwheels for podcaster dog biscuits though". 17 June 2019. Retrieved 17 June 2019.

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