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Antonio Hardy (born September 10, 1968 in Brooklyn, New York) better known by his stage name, Big Daddy Kane, is an American rapper. He started his career in 1986 as a member of the rap group, the Juice Crew. He is considered one of the most influential and greatest MCs in Hip Hop.
Regarding the name Big Daddy Kane, he said: “The Big Daddy part and the Kane part came from two different things. The Kane part came from my fascination with the Martial Arts flicks when I was young. The Big Daddy came from something that happened on a ski trip one time involving a young lady.”
In 1984, Kane became friends with Biz Markie, and he would co-write some of Biz’s best-known lyrics. Both eventually became important members of the Queens-based Juice Crew, a collective headed by renowned producer Marley Marl. Kane signed with Marl’s Cold Chillin’ Records label in 1987 and debuted the following year with the 12″ single “Raw,” an underground hit. Kane is known for his ability to syncopate over faster hip hop beats, and 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 late-1980s and early-1990s hip hop trends (high-top fades, velour suits, and four-finger rings). The backronym “King Asiatic Nobody’s Equal” is often applied to his moniker. His name “Kane” came from Caine from the popular TV show Kung Fu. The “Big Daddy” came from Vincent Price’s character in an old Frankie Avalon movie, Beach Party.
He released his debut album under Cold Chillin’ Records in the early summer of 1988 called Long Live the Kane which featured the hip hop hit “Ain’t No Half Steppin”. The following year, he released his second album and biggest hit to date It’s a Big Daddy Thing which included 1970s sample throwbacks like “Smooth Operator” and the Teddy Riley produced track “I Get the Job Done” which hit the R&B top 40 during the closing of the 1980s. He also had a memorable verse on the Marley Marl produced track “The Symphony” released in late 1988 which included Juice Crew member Craig G, Masta Ace, and Kool G. Rap (later remixed to include Big Pun, DMX and KRS-One).
Big Daddy Kane appeared on Patti Labelle’s 1991 effort, “Burnin'”. He provided the rap chorus to the single “Feels Like Another One”. He also appeared on the video release “Live in New York”.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest rappers during the “golden age” of hip hop (19861993), 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.
As an actor, he debuted in Mario Van Peebles’ 1993 western, Posse, and appeared in Robert Townsend’s 1993 Meteor Man. Big Daddy Kane also posed for Playgirl and Madonna’s Sex book during the 1990s.
During the early 1990s, Jay-Z is known to have been Big Daddy Kanes hypeman, and Kane helped him early on in his career – Ice-T says, I actually met Jay-Z with Kane. Kane brought Jay-Z over to my house. Kane himself says that Jay-Z wasnt technically his hypeman in the true sense of the term he wasnt a hypeman, he basically made cameo appearances on stage. When I would leave the stage to go change outfits, I would bring out Jay-Z and Positive K and let them freestyle until I came back to the stage. Jay-Z was also featured on Big Daddy Kanes track Show & Prove from Daddys Home (1994), as well as in the video.
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