On September 10, 1968, Brooklyn, NY gave birth to one of hip-hop’s most lyrical, diverse, innovative, and trendsetting M.C.’s known by some as Dark Gable, Black Caesar, and King Asiatic Nobody’s Equal, but known to the world as Big Daddy Kane.
This baritone-voiced and stylishly-dressed M.C. was the first one to bring the playa element to hip-hop, and along with Bobby Brown and Michael Jordan, put dark skin back on the map. Kane was the first rapper to ever hold not one, but two sold-out shows at the world-famous Apollo Theater for women only. He appeared in various publications from Right On to Source to Madonna’s infamous book, Sex. His rapid fire, metaphoric battle rap style earned him respect in the hip-hop community. Kane’s influences are Muhammad Ali, Marvin Gaye, and Grand Master Caz of the Cold Crush Brothers, his rap hero—but once joined on stage with dancers Scoob Lover and Scrap Lover, audiences can clearly see influences of James Brown and the Famous Flames.
With several gold albums, Kane has endured a long career with releases like: Long Live The Kane (1988), which features hit songs “Ain’t No Half Steppin'” and “Raw;” It’s A Big Daddy Thing (1989), which features “Smooth Operator,” “Warm It Up,” and the Teddy Riley produced hit “I Get The Job Done;” and Taste Of Chocolate (1990), which features “Hard Being The Kane” and “All Of Me,” a duet with the late legend Barry White. His additional albums included Prince Of Darkness (1991), Looks Like A Job For… (1993), and Daddy’s Home (1994).
Kane has recorded several songs for movie soundtracks including “Lean On Me (Rap Summary)” from the film Lean On Me, “Nuff Respect” from Juice, The Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis produced “A Job Ain’t Nothin’ But Work” from Mo’ Money, and “Raw” from Colors. Kane has also made a few movie appearances in Posse, Meteor Man, and most recently, Dead Heist, Love 4 Sale, and Just Another Day. Kane’s baritone voice has been heard as the narrator of the documentary film Notorious and with a couple of cameo appearances in Brown Sugar and Gunmen.
As a powerful figure in the rap game, Kane has collaborated with many artist such as Kool G Rap, Masta Ace, and Craig G on the Marley Marl produced “The Symphony.” He worked with Public Enemy and Ice Cube on the single “Burn Hollywood Burn,” with Heavy D on the single “Don’t Curse,” with UGK on “Next Up,” with Busta Rhymes on the remix of “Don’t Touch Me,” with Patti LaBelle on the gold-certified single “Feels Like Another One,” and with Quincy Jones on his multi-platinum masterpiece ” Birdland” and the title cut “Back On The Block” from the album of the same name. After recording five successful studio albums, winning a Grammy, being named as an Honoree at the 2005 VH1 Hip Hop Honors, and racking up millions of fans and listeners worldwide, Big Daddy Kane has undoubtedly cemented himself as a hip-hop legend.
Biography provided by artist management.