Antonio M. Hardy, 10 September 1968, Brooklyn, New York, USA. Self-styled black gentleman vampire, whose KANE moniker is an acronym for King Asiatic Nobodys 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 Aint 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 albums Raw, his contribution to Public Enemys Burn Hollywood Burn, or his own Afrocentric, Muslim...
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