Big Daddy Kane
Kane is known for his incredible ability to syncopate over faster hip-hop beats, despite his asthmatic condition (he is acknowledged as one of the pioneering masters of fast-rap.) His sense of style is renowned and set a number of early-1990s hip-hop trends (high-top fades, cuts in the right eyebrow and four-finger rings). Widely regarded as one of the greatest rappers during the golden age of hip hop (1986-1994), Kane's experimentation with R&B beats and his alignment to the Five Percent faction drew criticism. Later albums, such as Looks Like a Job For..., were acclaimed, but he was never able to return to the commercial and artistic success of It's a Big Daddy Thing. However, he still tours extensively.
In 1996, before the murder of 2Pac, it was said that 2Pac intended to start his own label, Makaveli Records, featuring prominently East Coast acts; one of the artists he intended to sign was Kane, and the two even recorded a song together before the rapper's death, entitled Wherever U Are.
MonikerThe backronym King Asiatic Nobody's Equal is often applied to his moniker. His name Kane came from Kane from the popular TV show Kung Fu. The Big Daddy came from Vincent Price's character in an old Frankie Avalon movie, Beach Party.
Recent ActivitiesRecently (especially as of 2002), a rejuvenated Big Daddy Kane has occasionally been visible collaborating with alternative hip-hop artists, including Jurassic 5, Little Brother, and DJ Babu of the Beat Junkies. He has released two singles, the Alchemist-produced The Man, The Icon, and the DJ Premier-laced Any Type of Way (on which he discusses urban collapse in post-9/11 New York City ("Giuliani got the streets lookin' like Osama starred") and the erosion of the middle class.) His most recent guest appearance was on trip-hop group Morcheeba's 2003 single What's Your Name. He has not stated any interest in working on another solo album.
In 2005, Big Daddy Kane was honored during the VH1 Hip-Hop Honors. After a medley of hits performed by T.I., Black Thought, and Common, he came out to perform his beloved track Warm It Up, Kane with his old dancers, Scoob and Scrap. The performance was tremendously well-received. Most recently, he appeared alongside the Wu-Tang Clan, Rakim, and his longtime friends Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip in a segment of the 2006 Summer Jam concert (June 7, 2006), as part of an initiative by Busta Rhymes to honor the legacy of New York City hip-hop.
Big Daddy Kane Facts
|Birth Name||Antonio Hardy|
|Birthday||September 10, 1968 (53)|
|Birthplace||Brooklyn, New York, USA|
|Just Another Day|
|Hip-Hop Nation Volume 1|
|Love for Sale|
|Hip Hop Nation Volume 2|
|Big Daddy Dawson's Coming|