Old emcees never die; they just magnify!
I remember the first time I heard Big Daddy Kane back in the day from his freestyle cut with Biz Markie, Just Rhymin’ With Biz. This brother was so loose delivering his lines but with a ton of conviction. His cool delivery made his lyrics so convincing that you had to believe what he was saying was true! While Biz was eloquently clowning with his visual verse, Kane played the straight man even though he was about to chuckle. The two together was definitely a routine like Abbot and Costello with a classic duet in the making no doubt! Just Rhymin’ With Biz is one of my all time favorites selections!
I was a 16 year old who could not stop playing that track because of the absolute flavor of Biz and Kane, but when Raw was released the world was hit with an absolute nuclear warhead of dopeness! I was knocked the hell out! Damn! I believe my whole crew was knocked the hell out! Raw was so fierce and vicious, Kane’s lyrics and Marley Marl‘s track together truly lived up to the song’s title, and a new emcee lord shook up the world of Hip Hop!
Tell me if I am wrong!
A whole new method of flow was introduced, and it seemed that every new jack rapper on the scene at that time had to bite Kane’s style (if they were not biting Rakim or LL Cool J!) His flavor in Raw was so hot, strong, and black with tons of caffeine, it woke many asses up! Although, it can also be safe to say that these new jacks were not just clones but brothers who Kane inspired so much to pick up the microphone. Personally, I know many kids who never even thought about rapping wanted to rhyme because of Big Daddy Kane and Raw. He definitely was a big daddy to so many new emcees!
Below I have some great Big Daddy Kane videos for everyone to enjoy. I feel these are very important pieces for new kids coming up to get to know and identify with one of the greatest emcees ever to burn the mic. This is for all of those new aspiring spitters to hear and see the man to eliminate any myth because Big Daddy Kane is a milestone! Long live the Kane!
Now go and be magnified!
The first piece is called BDK directed by Ant Marshall, and the other two features are directed by D-Nice formerly of BDP and the Stop the Violence fame. Credit belongs where credit is due.