Big Daddy Kane

In today's super-crowded rap game, it's not too hard to forget who paved the way for the "players" of today, but in order to really "keep it real," the truth must be told. Before the rise of the Notorious B.I.G. and Jay-Z, there was only one Brooklyn baller. Before all the wannabe players, there was only one Smooth Operator. Before rappers-cum-actors were easy to find, there was only one. Before it was fashionable to add "Daddy" to one stage name, there was only one, and there is still only one. Big Daddy Kane. The Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, native became on of rap music's most sought after artist shortly after his first release on Cold Chillin' Records.

His resume is nothing short of Hip-Hop history. Kane's longtime friend Biz Markie brought him to the attention of pioneering Producer/DJ Marley Marl. While performing with the Biz, Big Daddy Kane also proved himself by working as a DJ and penning rhymes for Roxanne Shante. After the release of his smash single "Raw", Cold Chillin' released Kane's debut album in 1988. Long Live The Kane is one of the most renowned rap albums ever recorded, certified platinum by the RIAA shortly after its release. Kane quickly rose to fame as both a superior lyricist and a heartthrob. The hits from Long Live The Kane are still party anthems: "Raw", "Set It Off", and the now classic "Ain't No Half Steppin." More hits came one year later with the release of It's a Big Daddy Thing (also certified platinum), where Kane worked with another young producer named Teddy Riley. That album produced the show-stoppers "I Get The Job Done," "The Wrath of Kane" and self produced "Smooth Operator." His performance on Marley Marl's The Symphony with Master Ace, Craig G., and Kool G. Rap, was unforgettable, and he went with legends Blue Magic, the late Barry White, Patti Labelle, and Quincy Jones.

The rap superstar also contributed soundtrack selections to the major motion pictures Lean On Me, Juice, and Mo' Money. Kane's clever delivery on Quincy Jones' Back On The Block full-length won him a Grammy Award. Additionally, Kane was featured alongside Ice Cube on Public Enemy's, "Burn Hollywood Burn." He also turns up on "Don't Curse" from Heavy D.'s Peaceful Journey. Big Daddy Kane released his 3rd Cold Chillin' album Taste of Chocolate in 1990.

It didn't take long for Big Daddy Kane's popularity to transcend music. His artistry expanded to film, paving the way for Will Smith, Ice Cube, and DMX who enjoy success in Hollywood today. Big Daddy Kane's acting credits include a slick gambler in the western Posse, a villain in Robert Townsend's Meteor Man, and one of Mario Peebles' Gunmen.


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Big Daddy Kane is a Brooklyn, New York M.C. who undisputedly defined the term “lyricist” in the world of hip-hop. Along with the lyrical ingenuity he brought to the genre, he also introduced innovative live performances as well. Kane was the first rapper to ever hold not one but two sold out shows at the world famous Apollo Theater for women only. These lives performances, which consisted of theatrics, choreography and tailored costumes proved that Big Daddy Kane was not only an M.C., he was a full entertainer. Kane revolutionized hip-hop fashion and the way hip-hop shows were performed.

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