The Very Best of Big Daddy Kane

The Very Best of Big Daddy Kane

by Big Daddy KaneBig Daddy Kane


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How do you become a hip-hop legend and still remain somewhat underappreciated? If you're Big Daddy Kane, you hit the scene right after one of the greatest MCs ever to pick up a mic (Rakim), record lots of battle rhymes when your peers (KRS-One, Chuck D.) are getting political, and cross over to R&B listeners before hip-hop figured out that it didn't have to compromise to do so. Kane was one of the prime movers behind the quantum leap in lyrical technique that took place during the late '80s, rapping with excellent diction at a more frantic pace than the smooth, effortless-sounding Rakim. Time has been kind to his work, as Rhino's The Very Best of Big Daddy Kane demonstrates. Its selections concentrate mostly on Kane's first (and best) two albums, pulling six tracks from Long Live the Kane and seven from It's a Big Daddy Thing. The opening trio of classics -- "Raw," "Set It Off," and "Ain't No Half-Steppin'" -- are flawless bids for immortality all by themselves, and haven't lost an ounce of energy, nor has the storming live cut "Wrath of Kane." Despite his reputation as a battle MC, Kane's Nation of Islam beliefs did pop up in the occasional message cut, represented here by "Word to the Mother (Land)" and "Another Victory." And even if they made purists uneasy at the time, Kane's crossover efforts were where his image as hip-hop's leading loverman came together. "Smooth Operator" and "Cause I Can Do It Right" hold up just fine, and while the Teddy Riley-produced "I Get the Job Done" has a jarringly different new jack sound, the spirit behind it is pretty infectious all the same. (The ballad "Very Special," on the other hand...well, it made the charts.) Even so, there's no better place than this to get acquainted with one of the golden age's greatest rappers.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/06/2001
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227991920
catalogNumber: 279919
Rank: 27472


  1. Raw
  2. Set It Off
  3. Ain't No Half-Steppin'
  4. Word to the Mother (Land)
  5. I'll Take You There
  6. Just Rhymin' With Biz
  7. Another Victory
  8. I Get the Job Done
  9. Wrath of Kane
  10. Warm It up, Kane
  11. Smooth Operator
  12. Young, Gifted and Black
  13. Rap Summary (Lean on Me)
  14. Cause I Can Do It Right
  15. It's Hard Being the Kane
  16. Very Special
  17. Give a Demonstration

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Big Daddy Kane   Primary Artist
Biz Markie   Vocals
Big Scoob   Vocals

Technical Credits

Big Daddy Kane   Composer,Producer
Easy Mo Bee   Producer
Bill Inglot   Producer
William Jeffrey   Composer
Marley Marl   Producer
Benny Medina   Executive Producer
Prince Paul   Producer
Lee Peters   Composer
Teddy Riley   Producer
Tyrone Williams   Executive Producer
Al Jackson   Composer
Sevie Bates   Art Direction
Steve Woolard   Liner Notes,Discographical Annotation
Antonio Hardy   Composer
Shawn Amos   Editorial Coordinator
Malia Doss   Licensing
Daniel Goldmark   Editorial Research
DJ Mister Cee   Producer

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