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BIG DADDY KANE

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Antonio Hardy a.k.a. Big Daddy Kane

Born: September 10, 1968, New York City, New York, U.S.

“Let it roll, get bold, I just can't hold - back, or fold cos I'm a man with soul ”

Big Daddy Kane is a Brooklyn, New York M.C. who undisputedly defined the term “lyricist” in the world of Hip Hop . Along with the lyrical ingenuity he brought to the genre, he also introduced innovative live performances as well. Kane was the first rapper to ever hold not one but two sold out shows at the world famous Apollo Theater for women only. These lives performances, which consisted of theatrics, choreography and tailored costumes proved that Big Daddy Kane was not only an M.C., he was a full entertainer. Kane revolutionized Hip Hop  fashion and the way Hip Hop  shows were performed.

Big Daddy Kane 1988

Big Daddy Kane 1988, NYC. Photo by Janette Beckman

Kane has endured a substantive music career. He has several gold albums, endless music accolades including a Grammy award. He also received a VH1 Hip Hop Honor in 2005. His catalogue of music consists of the LP “Long Live The Kane” that features the hit songs “Ain’t No Half Steppin’” and “Raw.” The LP “It’s A Big Daddy Thing” featured “Smooth Operator” “Warm It Up” and the Teddy Riley produced hit “I Get The Job Done.” The LP “Taste Of Chocolate” features “Hard Being The Kane” and “All Of Me” as well as a duet with the legendary Barry White.

Additional albums were “Prince Of Darkness,” “Looks Like A Job For…” and “Daddy’s Home.” Kane has also recorded on movie soundtracks with “Lean On Me (Rap Summary)” from the film “Lean On Me.” “Nuff Respect” from the film “Juice,” The Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis produced “A Job Ain’t Nothin’ But Work” from “Mo’ Money” and of course “Raw” from the film “Colors.”

As a powerful figure in the rap game, Kane has collaborated with many artists such as Kool G Rap, Masta Ace and Craig G on the Marley Marl produced “Symphony.” He has worked with Public Enemy and Ice Cube on the single “Burn, Hollywood Burn” with Heavy D on the single “Don’t Curse” with Patti LaBelle on the certified gold single “Feels Like Another One” and the Quincy Jones multi-platinum masterpiece “Tribute To Birdland” as well as the title cut “Back On The Block” from the album of the same name.

Proving that he is a full entertainer and that he is a man of many talents, Kane has also made a few appearances on the big screen in the movies ”Posse” “Meteor Man” “Dead Heist” “Brown Sugar” and “Gunmen.”

Big Daddy Kane 2015

Big Daddy Kane, Art Of Rap Festival, Irvine, California, 7/18/2015. Photo by HipHopGoldenAge

Officiale site:  Big Daddy Kane | Twitter:  @bigdaddykane

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Discography

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Dead Heist

Dead Heist

Four friends plan the perfect small town bank heist, but choose the wrong night. Their plans go horribly wrong when vampiric zombies attack ...

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Word is Bond

Word is Bond

This documentary film examines the transformative power of lyrics in the world of hip-hop music. Through dynamic archival footage, in-depth...

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Posse

Posse

A group of mostly black infantrymen return from the Spanish-American War with a cache of gold. They travel to the West where their leader se...

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Listen Up: The Lives Of Quincy Jones

Listen Up: The Lives Of Quincy Jones

The extraordinary life of Quincy Jones -- one of the 20th century's most influential and talented composers, musicians and music producers -...

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Sex

Sex

A silent film made for the release of Madonna's book 'Sex'...

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Exposed

Exposed

After witnessing a miracle, a young Latina woman experiences strange things as a police detective searches for the truth behind his partner'...

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Brown Sugar

Brown Sugar

Sidney is a writer who's just left her L.A. Times music review gig to edit New York hip-hop magazine XXL. Dre is an executive with a hip-hop...

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The Meteor Man

The Meteor Man

One night Jefferson Reed gets hit in the chest by a souped-up chunk of meteor. So he can fly, but he's scared of heights. He can master the ...

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Fresh Dressed

Fresh Dressed

Fresh Dressed chronicles the history of Hip-Hop | Urban fashion and its rise from southern cotton plantations to the gangs of 1970s in the S...

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Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap

Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap

SOMETHING FROM NOTHING: THE ART OF RAP is a feature length performance documentary about the runaway juggernaut that is Rap music. At the wh...

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DJ Cinema Presents: Masterpiece Theater Blend Dvd

DJ Cinema Presents: Masterpiece Theater Blend Dvd

DJ Cinema is mixing up blends with artists like Biggie, Nas, Jay-Z, AZ, Rick Ross, Fabolous, 50 Cent and Jadakiss....

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