Big Daddy Kane Biography

Antonio M. Hardy, 10 September 1968, Brooklyn, New York, USA. Self-styled ‘black gentleman vampire’, whose KANE moniker is an acronym for King Asiatic Nobody’s Equal. Kane followed his cousin into hip-hop by rapping in front of a beatbox for his first shows on Long Island, New York. Aided by his DJ Mr Cee, he has released several albums of laconic, fully realized songs pitched halfway between soul and rap. His tough but sensual work is best sampled on the hit singles ‘Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now’ and ‘Smooth Operator’. The production skills of Marley Marl and the deep groove worked up by Mr Cee play no small part in the refined ambience of his better work. Despite being an obvious ladies’ man, his appeal is enhanced by his ability to handle tough street raps, of the nature of the debut album’s ‘Raw’, his contribution to Public Enemy’s ‘Burn Hollywood Burn’, or his own Afrocentric, Muslim tracts. He also joined with Ice-T on a speaking tour of black high schools in Detroit in the late 80s. A huge fan of soul, obvious similarities to Barry White are given further credence by the duet he shares with that artist on Taste Of Chocolate. On the same set he also produced a comedic duet with Rudy Ray Moore. He straddled the rap and mainstream R&B markets with several decidedly mellow albums, and also worked widely as a freelance lyricist for Cold Chillin’ Records, writing with Roxanne Shanté and Biz Markie, among others. Kane also moved into acting, appearing in Posse and Gunmen, and appeared in Madonna’s erotic photo book Sex. Looks Like A Job For Big Daddy and Daddy’s Home toughened his sound, but struggled to make a commercial impact. He returned at the end of the decade with the independently released Veteranz Day.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.