Happy Birthday, Big Daddy Kane!

11Sep - by MarthaCobb

Happy Birthday, Big Daddy Kane!
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Big Daddy Kane gets the job done. The Brooklyn legend is 49 today.

On the short list greatest emcees to ever do it, the King Asiatic Nobody’s Equal certainly has to rank pretty high. Kane emerged in the late 1980s as arguably the most formidable Marley Marl’s famed Juice Crew. He dropped his classic debut, Long Live the Kane, in 1988; and followed it with the stellar It’s A Big Daddy Thing a year later.

Kane was part an elite wave late 80s emcees who set the standard for rhyming as a new decade dawned. Alongside luminaries such as KRS-One, Rakim, Kool G Rap, Slick Rick and LL Cool J, Kane was near the head the class amongst the best his generation.

His critical favor took a downturn with 1990s A Taste Chocolate and a commercial slide would soon follow, from which his career would never fully recover. Well-publicized controversies his notorious appearances in Playgirl magazine and Madonna’s infamous SEX book in 1992 also overshadowed the admittedly mediocre music he was now making.

“I was able to tour the world and see what was happening in other places, like Los Angeles and London. I had a broader perspective and I was able to really paint it in It’s a Big Daddy Thing,” he recalled in 2016. “After that, I was unhappy with the label, so I dropped two trash albums to try to hurry up and finish up my 5-album deal so that’s why they were coming so fast after that. I was trying to hurry up and get out the deal. I guess Warner Brothers caught on after Prince Darkness and they just stopped me and made me freeze for a year. I was glad they did because at that point in time I started realizing that the streets were saying ‘Yo, they say you fell f. You wack.’”

Kane made his missteps, but his legacy is etched in stone as a pillar hip-hop greatness.

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