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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

    '80s Urban Music

    '80s Urban Music
    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 Stoppin' Us Now
  13.   Ain't No Half Steppin by DJ Revolution
  14.   Taste of Chocolate (Intro)
  15.   Wrath of Kane
  16.   It's Hard Being the Kane
  17.   Cause I Can Do It Right
  18.   Nuff Respect
  19.   I'll Take You There
  20.   Pimpin' Ain't Easy
  21.   3 Forties and a Bottle of Moet
  22.   The Day You're Mine
  23.   Rap Summary (Lean on Me)
  24.   Mister Cee's Master Plan
  25.   Big Daddy's Theme
  26.   Very Special
  27.   To Be Your Man
  28.   The Way It's Goin' Down
  29.   Stop Shammin'
  30.   Show & Prove
  31.   Sex According to the Prince of Darkness
  32.   Rest in Peace
  33.   Put Your Weight on It
  34.   Prelude
  35.   On the Move
  36.   Looks Like a Job For...
  37.   Long Live the Kane
  38.   Let Yourself Go
  39.   Keep 'Em on the Floor
  40.   It's a Big Daddy Thing
  41.   How U Get a Record Deal?
  42.   Here Comes Kane, Scoob and Scrap
  43.   Down the Line
  44.   Chocolate City
  45.   Children R the Future
  46.   Calling Mr. Welfare
  47.   The Beef Is On
  48.   W.G.O.N.R.S.
  49.   Give It to Me
  50.   Boom featuring Kool G Rap
  51.   The Lover in You
  52.   The House That Cee Built
  53.   That's How I Did 'Em
  54.   Somebody's Been Sleeping in My Bed
  55.   On the Bugged Tip
  56.   Niggaz Never Learn
  57.   Mr. Pitiful
  58.   Lyrical Gymnastics
  59.   In the Pj's by Big Scoob
  60.   Finale
  61.   Don't Do It to Yourself by Big Scoob
  62.   Daddy's Home
  63.   Brooklyn Style...Laid Out by Big Scoob
  64.   All of Me
  65.   All the Ladies
  66.   Come On Down by Busta Rhymes & Q-Tip
  67.   Another Victory
  68.   Big Daddy vs. Dolemite
  69.   Brother Man, Brother Man
  70.   Dance With the Devil
  71.   No Damn Good
  72.   Who Am I

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