Big Daddy Kane

  • Birth name Antonio Hardy
  • Also known as BDK, Dark Gable, King Asiatic Nobody’s Equal, Blackanova, Count Macula
  • Born (1968-09-10) September 10, 1968 (aged 52). New York, New York, USA
  • Genres Hardcore hip hop
  • Occupation(s) Rapper, actor, producer, model
  • Years of activity 1987 – present
  • Labels
  • Cold chillin’
  • Warner Bros. Records (1987–1993)
  • MCA Records (1994)
  • Blackheart
  • Mercury
  • PolyGram Records (1998)
  • Associated bands Juice Crew, Prince Paul
  • Website

Antonio Hardy (born September 10, 1968), better known by his stage name Big Daddy Kane, G Rammy Award, is an American rapper and actor who began his career in 1986 as part of the rap collective Juice Crew. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential and accomplished MCs in hip hop.

The name Big Daddy Kane comes from a variation on Caine, David Carradine. a character from the television show Kung Fu and a character named “Big Daddy” Vincent Price played in the movie Beach Party. Rolling Stone magazine ranked his song “Ain’t No Half-Steppin'” number 25 on their list of the 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time, calling him “a master of the late-age rapper’s words and a huge influence on the MC generation.”

Biography 1980s

In 1984, Kane befriended Biz Markey, and he would co-write some of Biz’s most famous lyrics. Both eventually became important members of the Queens-based Juice Crew, a collective led by famed producer Marley Marl. Kane signed to Tyrone Williams (Marl’s manager) and Len Fichtelberg’s label Cold Chillin’ Records in 1987 and debuted the same year with the 12″ single “Raw”, which became an underground hit. Kane is known for his ability to syncopate the faster rhythms of hip hop, and despite his asthmatic condition, he is recognized as one of the first masters of fast rhyming. His sense of style is widely recognized and defined a number of late 1980s and early 1990s hip hop trends (high (hairstyles, velor suits and four finger rings). The backronym King Asiatic Nobody’s Equal is often applied to his nickname.

He released his debut album on Cold Chillin’ Records in early summer 1988 called Long Live the Kane which included the hit “Ain’t No Half Steppin'”. The following year, Kane released his second album and biggest hit for date It’s a Big Daddy Thing which included past 1970s samples such as “Smooth Operator” and the Teddy Riley-produced track “I Get the Job Done” which entered the RB Top 40 in the late 1980s. He also had a catchy verse on the Marley Marl-produced track “The Symphony”, released in late 1988, which included Juice Crew members Craig Gee, Masta Ace and Cool. Grap.

Big Daddy Kane appeared on Patti LaBelle’s 1991 album, “Burnin'”. He performed the rap chorus to the single “Feels Like Another One”. He also appeared on the music video for “Live in New York”.

He wrote the song “Nuff Respect” for the soundtrack of Ernest Dickerson’s feature film debut Juice, which starred Omar Epps and Tupac Shakur, further demonstrating his fast-paced lyrics.

In 1991, Kane won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for his performance on the Quincy Jones collaborative track “Back on the Block” from the eponymous album Back on the Block.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest rappers of hip hop’s “golden age” (1986–1997), Kane’s experimentation with RB beats and his focus on Five Percent Nation drew criticism. Later albums such as Looks Like a Job For… were well known, but he never returned to the commercial and artistic success of It’s a Big Daddy Thing. However, he still tours a lot.

As an actor, he made his acting debut in Mario Van Peebles’ 1993 Western, Posse and appeared in Robert Townsend’s 1993 film Meteor Man. Big Daddy Kane also posed for Playgirl and Madonna in the book Sex during the 1990s. In 1996, he collaborated with 2Pac on the song “Where Ever U R”.

In the early 1990s, Jay-Z toured with Kane and Kane helped him start his career – Ice-T says “I actually met Jay-Z with Kane. Kane brought Jay-Z to my house.” Kane himself says that Jay-Z was technically not his hypeman in the true sense of the word – “he wasn’t a hypeman, he basically came on stage sporadically. When I left the stage to change outfits, I’d introduce Jay-Z and Positive K and let them freestyle until I get back on stage.” Jay-Z was also featured on the Big Daddy Kane track ‘Show Prove’ from Daddy’s Home (1994) as well as video.

In 1995, Kane recorded with MC Hammer and Tupac Shakur on the rap song “Too Late Playa” (with Danny Boy). He was also mentioned signing with Death Row East in 1996. In 1997, Kane teamed up with Frankie Cutlass on his third single “The Cypher Part 3” and some of the Marley Marl Juice Crew veterans. In 1998 he released his last solo album “Veteran’z Day”. He received a mixedacny reviews and sold poorly. However, Kane did not give up on rap and performed extensively in the 2000s.

New York 1998

In 2000, Big Daddy Kane appeared on Tony Touch’s mixtape “The Piece Maker” along with Kool G Rap and KRS-One. The rejuvenated Big Daddy Kane has occasionally collaborated with a variety of hip-hop artists, including A Tribe Called Quest, Jurassic 5, Little Brother, and DJ Babu of the Beat Junkies. He released two singles: Alchemist “The Man, The Icon” and DJ Premier “Any Type of Way” (where he discusses urban collapse in his article). -9/11 New York (“Giuliani made New York look like it was Amistad”)) and the erosion of the middle class.

Big Daddy Kane appeared on the 2003 single “What’s Your Name” by the trip-hop group Morchiba. In 2004, “Warm It Up, Kane” appeared in the popular video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, broadcast on classic hip-hop radio station Playback FM, Kane’s name was even used to refer to the name of a rival gang leader in the game.

In 2005, Big Daddy Kane was awarded the VH1 Hip-Hop Honors. After a mix of hits from TI, Black Thought and Common, he went out to perform “Warm It Up, Kane” with his old dancers, Scoob and Scrap. Kane and Cool G Rap can be seen briefly in Dave Chappelle’s documentary Block Party.

In 2006, he appeared as a guest MC on the track “Get Wild Off This” produced by The Stanton Warriors for their Stanton Sessions Vol. 2 mixing breaks. He also appeared with the Wu-Tang Clan, Rakim, and his longtime friends Busta Rhimes and Q-Tip in the 2006 Summer segment. Jam Concert (June 7, 2006) as part of the Busta Rhymes initiative to honor New York’s hip hop heritage.

In 2007, the new track “BK Mentality” was released on the Official Joints mixtape compilation. Kane also appeared on Joel Ortiz’s mixtape The Brick: Bodega Chronicles.

Big Papa Kane made a cameo appearance in the 2008 video for “Game’s Pain”, a track by rapper Compton The Game. The video also featured Raekwon, Three 6 Mafia, and Ice Cube. The Game also mentions Jay-Z’s former occupation as hypeman Kane: “Ask a Jay-Z fan about Big Daddy Kane: don’t know him, the Game will show them.” He also appeared on the remix of “Don’t Touch Me” by Busta Rhymes. Also in 2009, Kane played the role of Clay in the film Just Another Day. The film tells about two rappers, poor and young, as well as older and successful. The film follows them through another day of their lives.

Big Daddy Kane appears on one of the tracks on MA Doom: Son of Yvonne, a collaboration between MF DOOM and former Juice Crew member Masta Ace. In 2013, Big Daddy Kane was hired by the New York-based Lifted Crew and RB singer Showtyme to form a group called “Las Supper”. The project is said to have a classic hip-hop and RB vibe. The album titled “Back to the Future” was released on March 26, 2013.

On November 24, 2014, Big Daddy Kane spoke about his upbringing, childhood influences, relationships, sexual experiences, and Madonna <186 Book>1992 Sex in a heart-to-heart interview on Dr. Zoe Today’s show. In 2016, it was featured on Tito Jackson’s single “Get It Baby” as well as in the documentary Hip-Hop Evolution.

. In June 2020, Big Daddy Kane released the single ‘Enough’ – aimed at addressing issues surrounding police brutality.


Big Daddy Kane is considered one of the most influential and accomplished rappers of the golden age. MTV ranked him #7 on their list of the Greatest MCs of all time, he was #4 in Cool Mo Dee’s book There’s a God on the Mic: The True 50 Greatest MCs, ranked him #3 on their list of “The 50 Best MCs of Our Time” ”, and RZA included it in the top five. the best MC’s. In 2012, The Source ranked him at number 8 on their list of the top 50 lyricists of all time. Allmusic says that “his finest material ranks among the best hip-hops of its era, and his sex-soaked image has been a huge influence on countless future would-be players”, and describes him as an “extremely talented fighting MC”, “one of the main rap talent”, refers to his “almost peerless technique” and “top-notch technique and rhyming skills”, and says that he “had the pure speech ability and razor-sharp dexterity to ambush any MC and excite anyone who witnessed or heard him speak.” Cool Moe Dee describes him as “one of the most imitated MCs ever in the game” and “one of the greatest MCs of all time” and Ice-T says:

“To me, Big Daddy Kane is still alive one of the best rappers. I would put Big Daddy Kane against any rapper in a fight. Jay-Z, Nas, Eminem, any of them. I could take his raw swagger from ’88 and match it against any record [from today]. Kane is one of the most incredible lyricists out there… and he’ll eat you up on the mic. I don’t want to try to outplay Big Daddy Kane. Big Daddy Kane knows how to rap around cats.”

His first two albums are also considered hip-hop classics, with Rolling Stone saying “it has consistently received critical acclaim”. In Rap-Up: In The Ultimate Guide To Hip-Hop And RB, Cameron and Devin Lazerin say that Big Daddy Kane is “widely regarded as one of the best lyricists of his day and even today is regularly reviewed by young guys” and a music journalist Peter Shapiro says that Kane is “perhaps the most accomplished MC ever.” Eminem refers to Big Daddy Kane in the lyrics of his song “Yellow Brick Road” from his album Encore, saying “we (Eminem and Proof) were on the same shit as this Big Daddy Kane shit where complex syllables sound together” , and he quotes the same lines in his book The Way I Am – this shows how Big Daddy Kane influenced Eminem and Proof’s rhyming technique.