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Long Live the Kane

Big Daddy Kane

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Album Review

Even though he spends a good 90% of the album boasting about his skills and abilities on the microphone, and cutting those of other MCs, Big Daddy Kane consistently proves himself a thrilling artist on his debut album, Long Live the Kane, one of the most appealing creations from the original new school of rap. This debut captures the Big Daddy Kane who rocked the house at hip-hop clubs and verbally cut up any and all comers in the late '80s with his articulate precision and locomotive power — the Big Daddy Kane who became an underground legend, the Big Daddy Kane who had the sheer verbal facility and razor-clean dexterity to ambush any MC and exhilarate anyone who witnessed or heard him perform. There are missteps here, to be sure — especially "The Day You're Mine," on which Kane casts himself as a loverman over a stilted drum machine and lackluster, cheesily seductive singing (offering a glimpse of the particular corner into which he would eventually paint himself). But there are also plenty of legitimate early hip-hop classics, none of which have lost an ounce of their power, and all of which serve as reminders of a time and era when hip-hop felt immediate, exciting, fresh, and a little bit dangerous (in the figurative, rather than literal, sense), and when hip-hop spawned commercial tastes of the moment rather than surrendering to them. Although his next album would be nearly the artistic equal of the debut — and, in many ways, even bettered it — Big Daddy Kane would never sound as compelling or as fresh as on this first effort.

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Long Live The Kane lives on!!

If you ask anyone from the height of the 'Golden Age' era of rap, and particularly of that year - 88', which album was the dopest of that time, Long Live The Kane would probably rate at the top.
Out of all the Juice Crew members of the time, Big Daddy Kane was the heavyweight. Whats remarkable too is that he was pretty much still a teenager at the time of releasing this opus.
The album spawned the hits, Raw, Ain't No Half Steppin', and Set It Off, but the rest of the album's material remains strong offerings (with the exception of The Day You're Mine), showcasing Marley Marl's sample heavy, break beat based production, and Kane's lyrical supremacy...a combination which to this day stands as a testament to what a perfect Hip-Hop album can sound like.
As an MC, Kane excelled in his braggadocios swagger with supreme confidence. His punchlines catchy, sharp, and accessible, and his subject matter, although typical of the time, was varied enough not to pigeon-hole him as just a battle rapper.
If you're into landmark , vintage Hip-Hop, Long Live The Kane is a must in your collection.
If The Source magazine was around in 88' , this album would have got an easy 5 mics! Classic.


Born: 10 September 1968 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Emerging during hip-hop's massive creative expansion of the late '80s, Big Daddy Kane was the ultimate lover man of rap's first decade, yet there was more to him than the stylish wardrobe, gold jewelry, and sophisticated charisma. Kane possessed a prodigious rhyming technique honed from numerous B-boy battles; he could also be an Afrocentric consciousness-raiser versed in the philosophy of the Nation of Islam's Five Percent school, or a smooth urban soul crooner whose singing was no match for his...
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  • £7.90
  • Genres: Hip-Hop/Rap, Music, Hardcore Rap
  • Released: 21 June 1988

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