Big Daddy Kane
With dizzying wordplay, upbeat, conscious lyrics and a chocolate Hugh Hefner-like mojo, Big Daddy Kane revolutionized hip hop’s style and sound in the 1980's. Best known for his songwriting skills and sizzling stage shows, Kane could rock the party a la "I Get the Job Done", battle rap with cuts like "Warm It Up Kane" or craft politically inspiring joints like "Another Victory.” But mostly, Kane was all about the ladies, on stage and off. The smooth operating native of Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy would exert a direct influence on Notorious B.I.G. and Jay-Z, both of whom took notes on his easy flow and take no prisoners style. (Indeed, Kane put Jay-Z on stage early on, giving the future Roc Nation mogul one of his early breaks) But as the West Coast sound crowded out stars from hip hop’s ‘Golden Era’, Kane seemed to fade from view. Or did he? In this episode, Kane and a slew of stars - including Biz Markie, Roxanne Shante and Kool Moe Dee – chronicle the surprising life and times of a charismatic rap kingpin, who always did it his way.