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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Very Best Of Big Daddy Kane

1. Raw

2. Set It Off

3. Ain't No Half Steppin'

4. Word To The Mother (Land)

5. I'll Take You There

6. Just Rhymin' With Biz

7. Another Victory

8. I Get The Job Done

9. Wrath Of Kane (Live)

10. Warm It Up, Kane

11. Smooth Operator

12. Young, Gifted And Black

13. Rap Summary (Lean On Me) (Remix)

14. Cause I Can Do It Right

15. It's Hard Being The Kane

16. Very Special

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Track List: Looks Like A Job For...

1. Looks Like A Job For...

2. How U Get A Record Deal?

3. Chocolate City

4. Prelude

5. The Beef Is On

6. Stop Shammin'

7. Brother Man, Brother Man

8. Rest In Peace

9. Very Special

10. Here Comes Kane, Scoob And Scrap

11. N**gaz Never Learn

12. Give It To Me

13. 'Nuff Respect (Remix)

14. Finale

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Track List: Taste Of Chocolate (Explicit)

1. Taste Of Chocolate (Intro)

2. Cause I Can Do It Right

3. It's Hard Being The Kane

4. Who Am I

5. Dance With The Devil

6. No Damn Good

7. All Of Me

9. Mister Pitiful

10. Put Your Weight On It

12. Down The Line

13. Taste Of Chocolate (Exit)

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Track List: It's A Big Daddy Thing

1. It's A Big Daddy Thing

2. Another Victory

3. Mortal Combat

4. Children R The Future

5. Young, Gifted And Black

6. Smooth Operator

7. Calling Mr. Welfare

8. Wrath Of Kane (Live)

9. I Get The Job Done

10. Ain't No Stopping Us Now

11. Pimpin' Ain't Easy

12. Big Daddy's Theme

13. To Be Your Man

14. The House That Cee Built

15. On The Move

16. Warm It Up, Kane

17. Rap Summary (Lean On Me) (Remix)

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Track List: Long Live The Kane

1. Long Live The Kane

2. Raw (Remix)

3. Set It Off

4. The Day You're Mine

5. On The Bugged Tip

6. Ain't No Half Steppin'

7. I'll Take You There

8. Just Rhymin' With Biz

9. Mister Cee's Master Plan

10. Word To The Mother (Land)

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Yes, the Original Man - look it up. Very smart and deep young man. Shared great lyrics with hip hop and rap. Thanks King.
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OLD SCHOOL RAP IS THE BEST !! AND IM JUST A PECKERWOOD LOOKING IN !!
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Nyc all day son
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NO DOUBT.....BI G DADDY KANE GETS. ALL CAPS OFF,TO THIS!
Is more.
Than"CLOUT"! ! ! ! ! ! -
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This my s**t
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Much respect to my pops R.I.p love ya
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I lost mines at 5 years old cu
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N**ga u ain't tha only ones
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I lost my mom when I was 10 and she loved you
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CLASSIC
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Hip hop baby yes%
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I Got The Job Done...yes Big Daddy Kane
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I'm not trying to start a fight but you need a o be more slick and stop saying f**k all the time and I'm only six so chill
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babygirlbk69 3 1
DAMN BACK N THE DAY BIG DADDY WAS THE SHYT ,FEMALES WAS KRAZY OVER THIS MAN HE WAS CHOCOLATE BUT SEXY AS HELL!
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Like slick rick ��
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I still remember Kane and Rakim battling. Some of the dopest s**t I've ever heard.
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Looking for that perfect beat!
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Classic hip hop....Kane was smoooooooth
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My Uncle's used to want to be Big Daddy Kane SOOOO BAD growing up! They had they high top cut, all the chains and used to dress just like him! Even tried to dance like him! Kane used to be and is still the man!
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I love ALL of our classic music,**RunD M c / B i g Daddy Kane/Salt&Pe p _ s p i n d a r e l l a
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I go to work... n haven't worked a day since I heard when spankin b**ches b new! Ya wayyy I soooooi luva uuu u babezzzzz
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MARYJANE GIRLS BEAT..SO SMOOTH!!!
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Big Daddy Kane...sexy as hell!!!
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Kane , Scoob lover, Scrap lover ::: Mr. Cee
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Juice crew!!
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Doope AF...this s**t is real hip hop
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Big Daddy is a true rap pioneer
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It's a Lil Mommy Thing
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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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