Living Legends: Big Daddy Kane (Audio/Video Playlist)

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“The name Kane is superior to many people. It means King Asiatic Nobody’s Equal.” No truer words were ever spoken, even though they were from the man, himself. Along with Rakim, Kane has had one of the most enduring influences on Hip-Hop as we know it today, having been one of the godfathers of multisyllabic rhyming. He could effortlessly switch from battle rap to something for the ladies unlike any other MC not named LL. Earlier this week, Big Daddy Kane celebrated his 45th birthday. Today, we celebrate him as part of our Living Legends series for the more than 25 years he has contributed to Hip-Hop culture. Here’s a playlist of just a few of the jewels BDK has dropped over the years including his solo material, collabos like The Symphony and Come On Down and the track where he put on Jay Z. Hit play and take a listen to one of the first of Brooklyn’s finest.

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