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Big Daddy Kane

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Brooklyn NY, United States (1986 – present)

Big Daddy Kane (born Antonio Hardy, September 10, 1968) is a rapper from Brooklyn, New York. He grew up in the notorious Bed-Stuy section of Brooklyn. During his career, he has worked with artists including Biz Markie, Marley Marl, Teddy Riley, Rudy Ray Moore and Barry White. Part of Marley Marl’s legendary Juice Crew, he also penned lyrics for fellow members Biz Markie and Roxanne Shante. Kane was responsible for jump-starting the career of Jay-Z, now a hugely commercially successful rapper who got his start as Kane’s hypeman.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest rappers during the ‘golden age’ of (1986–1993), 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 and is involved in several upcoming projects. He recently featured in Morcheeba’s hip hop trip song ‘What’s your Name’.

During 1996, before the murder of 2Pac, it was said that Pac intended to start his own label, Makaveli Records, featuring promintently East Coast acts; one of the artists he intended to sign was Kane, and the two even recorded a song before the rapper’s death, entitled Wherever U Are.

Big Daddy Kane has posed for Playgirl and Madonna’s Sex book. As an actor, he debuted in Mario Van Peebles’ western, Posse.

Big Daddy Kane is famous for his pimp persona that is portrayed in his lyrics. He is famous for the title of his song, “Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy”. The backronym “King Asiatic Nobody’s Equal,” is often applied to his moniker.

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  • g_junior

    This nigga had 2Pac, Jigga and Queen Latifah on tour as assistents. Legend.

    25 Jun 1:53am Reply
  • lerfish

    15-20 years ago, rap was BIG like NOTORIOUS B.I.G., BIG L, BIG DADDY KANE, KRS-ONE. Today is still big, just underground like Fliptrix, Roots Manuva, CunninLynguists, Aesop Rock, Atmosphere, Hilltop Hoods, El-P.....

    24 May 9:04pm Reply
  • magicznybueno

    15-20 years ago, rap was BIG like NOTORIOUS B.I.G., BIG L, BIG DADDY KANE, today is little like lil' wayne, lil' jon, lil' bow wow..... [6]

    10 May 10:17pm Reply
  • woenney

    15-20 years ago, rap was BIG like NOTORIOUS B.I.G., BIG L, BIG DADDY KANE, today is little like lil' wayne, lil' jon, lil' bow wow..... [5]

    10 May 8:55pm Reply
  • afakler

    Legend!

    3 Apr 11:03am Reply
  • zkl2wwa

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rApjE-B_9r0 Big Daddy Kane & DJ Premier - XX8 Days Of Flight

    18 Sep 2013 Reply
  • In_bloom_

    15-20 years ago, rap was BIG like NOTORIOUS B.I.G., BIG L, BIG DADDY KANE, today is little like lil' wayne, lil' jon, lil' bow wow [3]

    11 Sep 2013 Reply
  • BoBs933

    TOP!!!

    28 Aug 2013 Reply
  • gggfunk

    what a tremendous performance on hip hop kemp!!!

    25 Aug 2013 Reply
  • BoBs933

    True legend

    23 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Wolfdogg1

    Top 10 rap artist of all time

    22 Aug 2013 Reply
  • PlzDontBan

    lil jon and lil bow wow no longer have a presence in hip hop

    6 Aug 2013 Reply
  • DefenceMan

    Monster ! Hardcore rapper. Legend.

    12 Apr 2013 Reply
  • omaCore

    GOD.

    20 Dec 2012 Reply
  • zkl2wwa

    God among rappers.

    30 Nov 2012 Reply
  • aarONE119

    my favorite rapper to finger madonna!

    29 Nov 2012 Reply
  • pakllena

    GOAT

    19 Nov 2012 Reply
  • i_love_mangos

    swag for yo ass

    7 Nov 2012 Reply
  • WestSideTrippin

    15-20 years ago, rap was BIG like NOTORIOUS B.I.G., BIG L, BIG DADDY KANE, today is little like lil' wayne, lil' jon, lil' bow wow..... [2]

    12 Oct 2012 Reply
  • JJMCSPooh

    Saw him at Rock The Bells yesterday. He was my favorite performer!

    27 Aug 2012 Reply
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