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Emerging during hip-hop's massive creative expansion of the late '80s, Big Daddy Kane was the ultimate lover man of rap's first decade, yet there was more to him than the stylish wardrobe, gold jewelry, and sophisticated charisma. Kane possessed a prodigious rhyming technique honed from numerous B-boy battles; he could also be an Afrocentric consciousness-raiser versed in the philosophy of the Nation of Islam's Five Percent school, or a smooth urban soul crooner whose singing was no match for his talents as an MC. While he never scored much pop-crossover success, his best material ranks among the finest hip-hop of its era, and his sex-drenched persona was enormously influential on countless future would-be players. Big Daddy Kane was born Antonio Hardy in Brooklyn on September 10, 1968; the stage name "Kane" was an acronym for King Asiatic Nobody's Equal. In 1984, he met Biz Markie, and the two struck up a friendship. Kane would go on to co-write some of the Biz's best-known raps, and both eventually became important members of the Queens-based Juice Crew, a collective headed by renowned producer Marley Marl. Kane signed with Marl's Cold Chillin' label in 1987 and debuted the following year with the 12" single "Raw," which became an underground sensation. His first album, Long Live the Kane, followed not long after and was equally well-received, producing another underground classic in "Ain't No Half-Steppin'." Kane consolidated his success with 1989's It's a Big Daddy Thing, which spawned arguably his most effective love-man song in "Smooth Operator" (and also found him working with new jack producer Teddy Riley on "I Get the Job Done"). 1990's A Taste of Chocolate was a wide-ranging effort, highlighted by Kane's duets with Barry White and comedian Rudy Ray Moore, aka Dolemite. Kane's first major misstep came with the 1991 album Prince of Darkness, a mellower, more R&B-based collection that failed to play to the rapper's strong suits; however, he maintained his sex-symbol status by posing for Madonna's notorious 1992 photo book Sex, as well as Playgirl magazine. 1993's Looks Like a Job For... was something of an artistic comeback, but it failed to re-establish his status in the hip-hop community, which was in the midst of a Dr. Dre-inspired love affair with gangsta rap. Kane moved to the MCA label for 1994's Daddy's Home, and dabbled in an acting career with appearances in Mario Van Peebles' 1993 black Western Posse and 1994's Gunmen. However, he largely retired from the scene over the next few years. Kane resurfaced in 1998 on Blackheart Records, releasing what was ostensibly his farewell album, Veteranz Day. ~ Steve Huey
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Stations Featuring
Big Daddy Kane

    '80s Hip-Hop

    '80s Hip-Hop
    11 songs

    Underground Hip-Hop

    Underground Hip-Hop
    4 songs

Albums by
Big Daddy Kane

Top Songs by
Big Daddy Kane

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   I Get the Job Done
  3.   Smooth Operator
  4.   Raw
  5.   Warm It Up, Kane
  6.   Set It Off
  7.   Ain't No Half-Steppin'
  8.   Word to the Mother (Land)
  9.   Just Rhymin' With Biz
  10.   Mortal Combat
  11.   Young, Gifted and Black
  12.   Ain't No Half Steppin by DJ Revolution
  13.   Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now
  14.   Taste of Chocolate (Intro)
  15.   Wrath of Kane
  16.   It's Hard Being the Kane
  17.   Cause I Can Do It Right
  18.   Big Daddy's Theme
  19.   Very Special
  20.   Children R the Future
  21.   Rap Summary (Lean on Me)
  22.   Show & Prove
  23.   Boom featuring Kool G Rap
  24.   Let Yourself Go
  25.   3 Forties and a Bottle of Moet
  26.   Calling Mr. Welfare
  27.   Nuff Respect
  28.   Long Live the Kane
  29.   In the Pj's by Big Scoob
  30.   I'll Take You There
  31.   Daddy's Home
  32.   Chocolate City
  33.   W.G.O.N.R.S.
  34.   Lyrical Gymnastics
  35.   Brooklyn Style...Laid Out by Big Scoob
  36.   The Way It's Goin' Down
  37.   Don't Do It to Yourself by Big Scoob
  38.   Rest in Peace
  39.   All the Ladies
  40.   Come On Down by Busta Rhymes & Q-Tip
  41.   Who Am I
  42.   To Be Your Man
  43.   The Lover in You
  44.   The House That Cee Built
  45.   That's How I Did 'Em
  46.   Somebody's Been Sleeping in My Bed
  47.   Sex According to the Prince of Darkness
  48.   Put Your Weight on It
  49.   Pimpin' Ain't Easy
  50.   On the Bugged Tip
  51.   Mister Cee's Master Plan
  52.   How U Get a Record Deal?
  53.   Give It to Me
  54.   Down the Line
  55.   Brother Man, Brother Man
  56.   Big Daddy vs. Dolemite
  57.   Another Victory
  58.   Niggaz Never Learn
  59.   All of Me
  60.   The Day You're Mine
  61.   The Beef Is On
  62.   Stop Shammin'
  63.   Prelude
  64.   On the Move
  65.   Dance With the Devil
  66.   Finale
  67.   Here Comes Kane, Scoob and Scrap
  68.   It's a Big Daddy Thing
  69.   Keep 'Em on the Floor
  70.   Looks Like a Job For...
  71.   No Damn Good
  72.   Mr. Pitiful

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