Big Daddy Kane is one of my favourite rappers. Straight out of Brooklyn, NY he's one of hip hop's lyrical founding fathers. He is also a member of the legendary Juice crew which contains such esteemed emcees as MC Shan, Masta Ace, Marley Marl, Roxanne Shante & Biz Markie. You can check out the famous Juice Crew joint 'The Symphony' below.
Big Daddy Kane had intricate lyrical style and was able to rap quickly as well as acheive a smooth, mellow delivery despite having asthma. The name Kane is from the TV series 'Kung Fu' whose protagonist is called 'Caine'. Kane is also meant to stand for, 'King Asiatic Nobody's equal'!
Kane was also a member of the five percent nation. His music touched on many subjects including: Race, on the track 'Erase racism' (watch the video below), the record industry on 'How U get a Record Deal', (vid below) and his forte, LOVE (go on youtube). His versatile style is something that is missing in Hip Hop today. BDK was able to display love and affection to females on a record, a very rare thing in mainstream Hip Hop nowadays. He was also able to touch on political issues whilst maintaing credibility and record sales. He also wrote some of Biz Markie's early lyrics.BDK is one of the dopest originators.
You can watch the documentary 'The Big Daddy Kane Story' in full right here...