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Big Daddy Kane

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Rising during hip-hop’s massive creative expansion from the past due ’80s, Big Daddy Kane was the best lover guy of rap’s initial decade, yet there is more to him compared to the stylish closet, silver jewelry, and sophisticated charisma. Kane possessed a prodigious rhyming technique honed from many B-boy fights; he may be an Afrocentric consciousness-raiser versed within the school of thought of the country of Islam’s Five Percent college, or a even urban spirit crooner whose performing was no match for his abilities as an MC. While he under no circumstances scored very much pop-crossover achievement, his best materials ranks among the best possible hip-hop of its period, and his sex-drenched persona was enormously important on countless potential would-be players. Big Daddy Kane was created Antonio Hardy in Brooklyn on Sept 10, 1968; the stage name “Kane” was an acronym for Ruler Asiatic Nobody’s Equivalent. In 1984, he fulfilled Biz Markie, and both struck up a a friendly relationship. Kane would continue to co-write a number of the Biz’s best-known raps, and both ultimately became important people from the Queens-based Juice Team, a collective going by renowned maker Marley Marl. Kane authorized with Marl’s Cool Chillin’ label in 1987 and debuted the next year using the 12″ solitary “Uncooked,” which became an underground feeling. His first recording, Long Live the Kane, adopted shortly after and was similarly well-received, creating another underground traditional in “Ain’t No Half-Steppin’.” Kane consolidated his achievement with 1989’s From the Big Daddy Thing, which spawned probably his most reliable love-man music in “Clean Operator” (and in addition found him dealing with fresh jack maker Teddy Riley on “I Complete the job”). 1990’s A Flavor of Chocolates was a wide-ranging work, highlighted by Kane’s duets with Barry White colored and comedian Rudy Ray Moore, aka Dolemite. Kane’s 1st major misstep was included with the 1991 recording Prince of Darkness, a mellower, even more R&B-based collection that didn’t play towards the rapper’s solid suits; nevertheless, he taken care of his sex-symbol position by posing for Madonna’s notorious 1992 picture book Sex, in addition to Playgirl journal. 1993’s APPEARS LIKE employment For… was something of the artistic comeback, nonetheless it didn’t re-establish his position within the hip-hop community, that was amid a Dr. Dre-inspired romance with gangsta rap. Kane shifted to the MCA label for 1994’s Daddy’s House, and dabbled within an performing career with looks in Mario Vehicle Peebles’ 1993 dark Traditional western Posse and 1994’s Gunmen. Nevertheless, he generally retired in the scene on the next couple of years. Kane resurfaced in 1998 on Blackheart Information, releasing that which was ostensibly his farewell record, Veteranz Day.

Quick Facts


Full Name Big Daddy Kane
Height 1.83 m
Profession Actor, Model, Rapper, Mail carrier, Music Producer, Screenwriter, Songwriter
Nationality American
Spouse Shawnette Hardy
Children Lamel Hardy
Siblings Little Daddy Shane
Awards Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group
Music Groups Juice Crew
Music Songs Ain't No Half Steppin', Smooth Operator, I Get the Job Done, Warm It Up, Kane, Wrath of Kane, Cause I Can Do It Right, It's Hard Being the Kane, Set It Off, Show & Prove, Pimpin' Ain't Easy, Nuff' Respect, Just Rhymin' With Biz, Very Special, Another Victory, Young Gifted and Black, Uncut, Pure, Word to the Mother, Rap Summary, How U Get a Record Deal?, The Lover in You, Groove With it, On the Bugged Tip, The Day You're Mine, Lyrical Gymnastics, Calling Mr. Welfare, The House That Cee Built, Children R the Future, Mister Cee's Master Plan, Raw '91, Mortal Combat, I'll Take You There, Stop Shammin'
Albums The Very Best Of Big Daddy Kane, Veteranz Day, Daddy's Home, Looks Like a Job For..., Prince of Darkness, Taste of Chocolate, It's a Big Daddy Thing, Long Live the Kane
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance, Soul Train Music Award for Best Rap Album
Movies Posse, The Meteor Man, Dead Heist, Love for Sale, Just Another Day, You're Nobody 'til Somebody Kills You, Exposed, Hip-Hop Peace and Unity Fest, Hip Hop Time Capsule: The Best of RETV 1992, Scribble Jam #13, Movie Madness


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#Fact
1 Has not released an album since 1998's "Veteranz' Day".
2 His first two albums "Long Live the Kane" and "It's a Big Daddy Thing" (released in 1988 and 1989 respectively) are his only recordings that were certified gold by the RIAA.
3 Brother of Little Daddy Shane.
4 Father of Lamel Hardy.
5 Hip-hop artist who was most famously affiliated with Marley Marl's old-school crew, the Juice Crew.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Sex Tape 2014 writer: "Where The Hood At" - as Antonio Hardy
One Hit Wonderland TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
Battle of the Year 2013 writer: "Boom" - as Antonio Hardy
The We and the I 2012 performer: "Smooth Operator"
Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap 2012 Documentary performer: "Raw", "No Damn Good"
So You Think You Can Dance 2006-2007 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Kickin' It Old Skool 2007 performer: "Set It Off" / writer: "Set It Off"
School for Scoundrels 2006 writer: "Where the Hood at" - as Antonio Hardy
Everybody Hates Chris TV Series performer - 3 episodes, 2005 - 2006 writer - 1 episode, 2005
American Wasteland 2005 Video Game performer: "Burn Hollywood Burn" / writer: "Burn Hollywood Burn" - as Antonio Hardy
Sunday Driver 2005 Documentary "Day at the Races" / writer: "Day at the Races"
Dave Chappelle's Block Party 2005 Documentary performer: "Boom" / producer: "Boom" - as Antonio Hardy / writer: "Boom" - as Antonio Hardy
Blade: Trinity 2004 performer: "Hard Wax" / writer: "Hard Wax" - as Antonio Hardy
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 2004 Video Game performer: "Warm It Up, Kane" / writer: "Warm It Up, Kane", "The Vapors" - as Antonio M. Hardy
Tony Hawk's Underground 2003 Video Game "A Day at the Races" / lyrics: "A Day at the Races" - as A. Hardy / performer: "A Day at the Races" - as A. Hardy / writer: "A Day at the Races" - as A. Hardy
Hollywood Homicide 2003 writer: "A Day at the Races"
25th Hour 2002 performer: "Warm It Up Kane" / writer: "Warm It Up Kane" - as Antonio Hardy
Music of the Heart 1999 performer: "Symphony Vol. 1" / writer: "Symphony Vol. 1" - as Antonio Hardy
Beavis and Butt-Head 1993 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Black to the Promised Land 1992 Documentary "Back on the Block"
Mo' Money 1992 performer: "A Job Ain't Nuthin' But Work" / writer: "A Job Ain't Nuthin' But Work"
Juice 1992 performer: "Nuff' Respect" / writer: "Nuff' Respect"
Strictly Business 1991 performer: "Groove with It" / writer: "Groove with It" - as Antonio Hardy
Lean on Me 1989 performer: "RAP SUMMARY LEAN ON ME" / writer: "RAP SUMMARY LEAN ON ME"
Colors 1988 performer: "RAW" / writer: "RAW", "GO GIRL" - as Antonio Hardy

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Just Leo 2015 TV Series completed Thomas Douglas
Movie Madness 2016 Captain
Exposed 2016/III Jonathan 'Black' Jones
My Name Is Nobody 2014 Phil Sr.
Riff Raff Realm 2014 TV Series Bobby Tsunami
You're Nobody 'til Somebody Kills You 2012 Big Daddy Kane
Pale Blue Light 2011 Short Brick Nice
Caught in the Act: Art in Brooklyn 2010 TV Series
Just Another Day 2009/IV Clay
Love for Sale 2008
Dead Heist 2007 Hunter
The Meteor Man 1993 Pirate
Posse 1993 Father Time
Real Blood: The True Beginning News Reporter

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Movie Madness 2016 co-director

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Public Enemy Feat. Ice Cube and Big Daddy Kane: Burn Hollywood Burn 1990 Short

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Game Is to Be Sold Not Told 2016 Video short composer: additional music

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Life and Times of Gangsta Brown Part 2 2012 special thanks
Beef 2003 Documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Architects of Hip Hop 2017 TV Series post-production Himself
Check the Rhyme 2016 Documentary Himself
Unsung Hollywood 2016 TV Series documentary Himself
Hip-Hop Evolution 2016 Documentary Himself
The Wendy Williams Show 2016 TV Series Himself
Bikini Body Conscious Living 2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
Riff Raff Realm 2013-2014 TV Series Himself
2013 Soul Train Awards 2013 TV Special Himself
RapFix Live 2013 TV Series Himself
1 Mic Cypher 2012 TV Movie Himself (rumored)
Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap 2012 Documentary Himself
2011 Soul Train Awards 2011 TV Special Himself
Unsung 2011 TV Series documentary Himself
The Mo'Nique Show 2010 TV Series Himself
Madonna: Celebration - The Video Collection 2009 Video Himself (segment "Erotica")
An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Patti LaBelle 2009 TV Movie Himself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2006 TV Series Himself
3rd Annual VH1 Hip-Hop Honors 2006 TV Movie Himself
My Shot With 2006 TV Series Himself
Ohio Players 2006 Video documentary short Himself
September in Brooklyn: The Making of 'Block Party' 2006 Video documentary short Himself
VH1 Goes Inside 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
2nd Annual VH1 Hip-Hop Honors 2005 TV Movie Himself - Honoree
Dave Chappelle's Block Party 2005 Documentary Himself
Beef 2003 Documentary Himself - Hip Hop Artist
Brown Sugar 2002 Himself
Gunmen 1993 Himself
Sex 1992 Video documentary Himself
The 6th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1992 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Soul Train 1990-1991 TV Series documentary Himself / Himself - Guest
In Living Color 1991 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
Ebony/Jet Showcase 1991 TV Series Himself
The 5th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1991 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The Arsenio Hall Show 1990-1991 TV Series Himself
Grammy Legends 1990 TV Special Himself
Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones 1990 Documentary Himself
The 4th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1990 TV Special Himself
Saturday Night Live 1990 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
Public Enemy Feat. Ice Cube and Big Daddy Kane: Burn Hollywood Burn 1990 Short Himself
Rapmania: The Roots of Rap 1990 TV Movie documentary Himself
Showtime at the Apollo 1989 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
And You Don't Stop: 30 Years of Hip-Hop 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself

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