Text by Professor Mike Jordan, videos selected by Steve 'Flash' Juon to accompany.
Big Daddy Kane was born Antonio Monterio Hardy in Brooklyn, New York on this day in 1968.
Kane signed with Marley Marl's Cold Chillin' Records in 1987.
Kane joined Marl's Juice Crew collective, as well, which featured Biz Markie, Roxanne Shante, Kool G Rap, Grand Daddy I.U., TJ Swan, Masta Ace, Intelligent Hoodlum a.k.a. Tragedy Khadafi and Craig G.
Kane released his classic first single "Raw" the same year and his debut solo album followed in 1988 called "Long Live The Kane".
The album spawned the hits "I'll Take You There" and the classic "Ain't No Half Steppin'".
Kane's smooth lyrical style and debonair fashion sense quickly earned him the reputation as the Billy Dee Williams of rap.
Kane also became one of the earliest rappers to incorporate the 5% teachings into his lyrics.
His faster than average vocal delivery style also made Kane unique and started a new vocal trend that would influence future MC's like Treach of Naughty By Nature and Twista.
Kane's sophomore set, "It's A Big Daddy Thing", was released in 1989 and produced more hits like "Smooth Operator" and the Teddy Riley produced "I Get The Job Done".
Kane also had one of the most memorable verses on the classic Juice Crew posse cut "The Symphony".
In the early 1990's Kane would have Jay-Z join him onstage during his tour, while he changed onstage outfits.
These would be some of the earliest public performances by Jay-Z.
Kane has released seven albums to date as well as collaborating with the likes of Patti Labelle, 2Pac, MC Hammer, Danny Boy, Jurassic 5, Morcheeba, The Game and Busta Rhymes, just to name a few.
In 1991, Kane won a Grammy Award for his work on the 1989 Quincy Jones album "Back On The Block"
Kane has also appeared in the films "Meteor Man", "Just Another Day" and had a memorable role in Mario Van Peebles 1993 Black Western "Posse" as "Father Time".
Big Daddy Kane contributed the classic track "'Nuff Respect" to the 1992 soundtrack to "Juice", a Paramount Pictures crime-drama which also served as the late Tupac Shakur's film debut.
In 2005, Kane was honored during the VH1 Hip-Hop Honors with T.I., Black Thought and Common performing some his classics before Kane himself took to the stage for a performance with his longtime dancers Scoob and Scrap.
In 2013, Kane collaborated with Lifted Crew and singer Showtyme in a group called Las Supper and released the album "Back To The Future" on iTunes and Amazon.
Big Daddy Kane is regarded, by many, as one of the greatest MC's ever.