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Big Daddy Kane

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, Rovi
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all true hip hoppers should know big daddy is the king of smooth!!!!!!
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Smooth Operator...y e s indeed Big Daddy Kane
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What is there 2 say but, Legendary!!! ! ! ! Real Hip-Hop MC. I came up on 2 this music...
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You're just a butterknife I'm a machete classic! !!!!!!
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When i clear my throat that's all she wrote lol classic s**t
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This dude can flow
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My change the other night I cried when you were a the other night I cried because you know I am bringing brock and stock market research after the other night I was trying hard to give in a hospital or life myself and the other night I was trying to get worked out it seems or then I a
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I was brought born to 1971 air supply or do donnts Rick James south east we do ike from Hawaii guess I would fish at showed me the come from around ever seen the stadiums back then last kiss lets say good bye .or sounds of knock in boots or bggses
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R.A.W. can't be touched. Long live the Kane..Much respect do
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pimpolagist1
Come--get some, you little bum.
I take the cake, you can't get a crumb!
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Met this dude at chase hall at scsu in 1989 courtesy of Augustus Abbott , aka Staten Island Man. One hell of a poker game.
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Come no one wanted it with kane and he wanted with who ever!!!!!!!! ! Come back big bro need good rap back because this s**t out now I don't like
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I'm at my apex, others are B low, Nuthin but a milliliter, I'm a kilo
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WARM IT UP KANE
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Damm that rapper great
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tifyjoadi
I grew up on mid 80's hip hop....grand master flash, run-dmc, whoodini, slick rick and doug-e-fresh . Big Daddy is on of the best rappers of all times...much respect.
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My son hair style like big daddy kane
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Soundcloud.c o m / j o h n - b a s m e n t got dat real hiphop!
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Real hiphop
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WHEN THE PEN HIT THE PAPER,ALL SHYT¡¡¡¡¡ IT'S BIG DADDY KANE
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It's Hard Being Kane....yes baby
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nicko252008
Don't ever compare Jay Z to, the king...BIG daddy kane.
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Gotta love old school
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He's the man I started beatboxing 2 Fn amazing
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Follow mee(:
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Say ur name
Say ur crush's name
Post this 4 times
Ur crush will ask you out
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Marley and the juice crew....resp e c t
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Would people stop with that chain crap here's one. "Don't read this cuz it actually works. Kiss your hand and shove it down your throat if you don't then your actually a little intelligent
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
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@jfostermedi a - You're so right! Kane was a brilliant lyricist..me t a p h o r s were genius, no doubt Jay studied his work among others.
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kelvin.a.min d e r
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
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I hope the legends make a comeback. Educated, confident, poetic and not whiney. Jay-z is about as close as we get today and Kane gave him is start so he's old school too.
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Just saw a documentary on TV ONE featuring Big Daddy Kane a must see if your a fan!
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If you don't know you will never know u heard me.
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Big Daddy Kane lyrically was a beast. His lyrical flow classic. Golden age of hip hop. I miss th those days. Rap music today im sorry to say is garbage.
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Big daddy Jane, old school S**t
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Is this where AMG got the beat from?
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da713hustla
One of the greatest rap sons of ALL TIME! This is what you call having SKILLS in the the rap game not that wack stuff from artists like Wacka Flocka
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one of the all time greatest
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busting out my gold rope!!!. old school CLASSIC!
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Mc's were more skilled lyrically and everybody sounded different back then and had their own styles! These new school cats could not touch them ,with the exception of a few.
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I'll take you there!! Love this song!! ❌❤❌❤
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nypd5303
Rap without curses. Love it
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Big Daddy Kane....so.. . s o . . . s e x y !
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when MC's took pride lyrically in their craft ...
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raw hip hop
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Loved watching the videos before I head to the clubs back then.
The smooth one got the job done... He worked!
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Love these lyrics!! ❌⭕❌⭕
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No half steppin with the original pimp daddy kane this old school s**t is off the f**kin rails ; long live the kane .
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He is very gifted with the mic, he can twist and rattle lyrics with speed and accuracy to cut and diss anyone that steps to battle him on stage...but he does it with style, elegance and no cursing!
The clowns on the radio today should pay homage to his legacy, without KANE there be no rap or hip hop. Kane is a legend and will be forever alive like he was just heard for the first time all over again!
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