The Grammy Award-winning baritone was the first rapper ever to twice sell out the world famous Apollo Theater, and his rapid fire, metaphorical battle rap style continues to be a thing of legend. Rolling Stone named his song “Ain’t No Half-Steppin’” 25th on The 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time in 2012. In 2005, the VH1 Hip Hop Honors elevated him to legendary status by officially honoring him. Kane’s influences include Marvin Gaye and Grand Master Caz of the Cold Crush Brothers.
Albums such as Long Live the Kane, It’s a Big Daddy Thing, Taste of Chocolate, Prince of Darkness, Look like a Job for… and Daddy’s Home went Gold and solidified his place as a powerful figure in the rap game, while songs like “Raw,” “Smooth Operator,” “Hard Being the Kane” and “Tribute to Birdland” are etched in the memory of hip-hop fans around the world. Kane has also made a few movie appearances in Posse, Meteor Man Dead Heist, Love 4 Sale and Just Another Day. Big Daddy Kane has also contributed voiceover work for films such as Notorious, and even made cameo appearances in Brown Sugar and Gunmen.
Known by many names – Dark Gable, Black Caesar, and King Asiatic Nobody’s Equal– Big Daddy Kane is a name that will go down in history as one of the greatest of all time. Long live the Kane!