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Kane is by far one of the most requested MC’s people always suggest, no demand, we cover. And we couldn’t be more thrilled that Kane blessed us with an interview.

We initially planned to talk to Kane about recording his classic 1988 debut, “Long Live The Kane” but it quickly dawned on me that we should make the most of our time with Kane, so instead of setting up a future interview to discuss his other classic album “It’s a Big Daddy Thing”, let’s just knock it all out at once.

Thankfully the most influential and finest rapper of all time was in for the trip down memory lane. Needless to say we couldn’t wait to hear Kane talk about creating some of the genre’s most defining songs. I know, neither can you, so I’ll skip the overview of Kane’s career and let him tell you in his own words. – Alex (via NWSO)

Some of you might know of my unwavering love for Golden Era hiphop (88-94). Those are the greatest years for hiphop, hands down. I’ll fight ANYONE who wants to dispute this! Shout me out and let me know a time and a place, and knuckle up cause I’m going for your grill.

All ranting aside, the reason me and Triple get along so well, is not because he grew up in that era, but because he was taken to hiphop school by a good friend of mine J$Money. Every Saturday Money would school a young upstart named Triple about all the best artists that came out of this era of music. I think Money should actually open a school. Maybe HHHT should start a hip hop buxiban in Taipei. Cous cous you down? 2 Handed one?

Anyways one of those great golden era artists is this man, Antonio Hardy aka Big Daddy Kane. The original smooth operator on the microphone.


When other artists were wearing sneakers and track suits, this man was on some playalistic type ish, wearing suits and hats, with the high top fade and 3 cuts in the eyebrows. Mad style. Let me tell you something, this was one of my hiphop heroes from this era. Yes, I had a high top fade. No I didn’t have 3 cuts in my eyebrows. Yes, I know he fell off on the third album. No, my respect for the raps hasn’t faded.

So HHHTers, here is my little nugget of wisdom to contribute to your schooling. This is recommeded viewing.

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Im not even scratching the surface about how ill Kane is. Consider this Part 1.

We Gets It In!


In honor of Obama’s victory, I’d like to take a sec to dedicate a few songs from one of my hiphop heroes to the man. When I got the call from my homegirl Mandy at noon yesterday, tears welled up in my eyes. I had to get off my scooter and take a minute. After we finished talking, the first song I felt compelled to play was Big Daddy Kane’s ‘Young, Gifted and Black’. Now i’m not trying to be on some super black power tip and please dont take it as that. I hope that people will start to notice the talent of all people now, regardless of color. Here’s to hoping that we’ve transcended those barriers.

Here are a few BDK tunes you should get acquainted with:
Another Victory

Young, Gifted and Black

Warm It Up Kane

And this one is a special dedication to all my Americans who stood in lines and took part in their nations history. Here’s to change, and hoping that the sentiment expressed in this song never has to be felt by anyone, anywhere, ever again.

Syl Jonson ‘Is it because I’m black?’

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September 2020