Big Daddy Kane [Hardy, Antonio]
- Jared Pauley
(b Brooklyn, NY, Sept 10, 1968).
American rapper. He began his solo career with the prominent Queens-based hip-hop collective the Juice Crew, which included members Marly Marl, Craig G, Kool G Rap, Biz Markie and Roxanne Shanté. The Juice Crew was one of the most popular and respected groups during the mid- to late-1980s. A gifted lyricist, Big Daddy Kane penned lines for other members of the group, playing a major role in their success. As an MC, Kane is heralded as one of the greatest of his time and is often cited as an inspiration by many who followed him. Known for his rapid yet cohesive delivery, his rhymes are intricately crafted and poetically sophisticated, but delivered with sharp rhythmic precision. In addition to his skills, Kane’s smooth baritone voice and good looks helped him appeal to a larger female fan base than many other artists of his time. Kane seemed well aware of this fact, and he was one of the first MCs self-consciously to market himself as a “player” or pimp....