General Kane

Decades Active: 1970s 1980s

Biography

US group fronted by Mitch McDowell (1954, San Bernadino, California, USA, d. January 1992). McDowell took the professional name General Kane (formerly General Caine) in tribute to an officer who had supported his artistic ambitions when he was at military school. After leaving that institution, he formed the group Booty People with several future members of War, before assembling an eight-piece rap group and signing with Groove Time Records in 1978. Two albums for the label preceded a move to Tabu Records. A slimmed down version of the group signed a recording contract with Motown Records in the mid-80s. Their debut single for the label, ‘Crack Killed Applejack’, was an uncompromising reflection of drug addiction on the inner city streets, and reached number 12 in the black music charts despite being barred from airplay. Subsequent releases mellowed General Kane’s approach, without losing their commitment to the basic rap sound of the late 80s -...

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