Big Daddy Kane is one of the greatest MCs to have ever lived. He’s not only one of the most influential and skilled rappers from the golden age of hip-hop, but has the best techniques when it comes to the genre.
BDK gets his flowers for being one of hip-hop’s best legends, & for flowing on a beat HARD. He was also a fashion icon in the hip hop game in the late 80s, early 90s with his trademark high top fade, velour suits and four finger rings.
His first two albums are considered to be classics. In fact his most known records have been appreciated and celebrated by his peers and generations after him.
Albums Released: Long Live the Kane, It’s a Big Daddy Thing.
Kane became an important member of the rap collective “the Juice Crew,” which consisted of New York based artists like Biz Markie, Roxanne Shanté, Marley Mark, MC Shan & many more.
Kane signed with Cold Chillin’ Records in 1987, & debuted that year with Raw, & Get Into It.
His debut album “Long Live the Kane” was released in the summer of 88. Produced by Marley Marl, the Gold certified album and is one of the most influential hip hop albums from the Golden Era.
If you haven’t heard of Marley Marl’s “The Symphony,” you aren’t a hip hop head like you think you are. Kane is featured on this record with Masta Ace, Kool G Rap & Craig G. It is one of the greatest hip hop records of all time.
1989 was a big year for Kane. He was featured on the soundtrack to the hit biopic “Lean on Me,” he was on iconic producer & composer Quincy Jones’ “Back on the Block” album and released his second album “It’s a Big Daddy Thing.”
Albums Released: Taste of Chocolate, Prince of Darkness, Looks Like a Job For, Daddy’s Home, Veteranz’s Day.
One of my favorite BDK records is his third album “Taste of Chocolate.” You get new jack swing influenced Kane, & one of my favorite songs “All of Me,” a R&B number with the maestro Barry White!
In 1991, Kane became a Grammy award winner for his collaboration with Quincy Jones. He also continued to give us gems up until his final studio album to date, “Veteran’z Day.”
BDK became a sex symbol to the ladies well into his career. In fact, he was featured in Madonna’s controversial “Sex” book that accompanied her 1992 studio album “Erotica” w/ Madonna & Naomi Campbell (NSFW).
Fun fact, a young Jay Z used to tour with BDK, & was featured on a record (Show & Prove) for Kane’s 1994 album “Daddy’s Home.” He’s been referred to as Kane’s hype man during that period, but Kane says he would just have him make cameo appearances.
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In 2005, Kane was honored at VH1 ‘s Hip Hop Honors. Y’all know how I love to see the new school paying homage to the ones who paved the way!
In 2016, BDK was featured on Tito Jackson’s single “Get It Baby.”
Big Daddy Kane will go down as one of the greatest emcees of all time. From his persona to his material, he is truly incomparable. -MJ 💐🌷