Throwback Thursdays Vol 4

Writing a review on Big Daddy is the hardest I’ve done and the hardest I will ever do. How do you possibly give someone with this much skill and credentials the props they deserve?

Well, plainly put, you don’t. But not only am I going to try, from now on in I’m introducing the BDK Rating system that will rate our throwbacks out of a maximum 5 BDK’s. It’s a bit like the Source’s five mic rating system. But better.

I love Big Daddy Kane. To me, he is what hip-hop is all about: Good, clean fun. And this week’s throwback typifies that. Big Daddy Kane-Ain’t No Half Steppin’ (Long Live The Kane) (1988)

Ain’t No Half Steppin‘ was BDK’s instant hit from his summer of 1988 debut Long Live The Kane. Smooth but crisp; Kane slows his usual hard hitting, high tempo rhymes down and yet still manages to rip the beat apart without breaking a sweat. Switching styles up effortlessly he proves that quick, punchy rhymes can be incorporated with long drawn out bars. At periods its almost like BDK is like a dog on a leash, running off into the distance before checking back to run around his owner’s heels.

In classic Kane battling style he goes at the MC population stating:

“Competition I just devour, like a pitbull against a Chihuahua, Cause when it comes to being dope, hot damn
I got it good, Now let me tell you who I am, The B-I-G D-A-double D-Y K-A-N-E, Dramatic, Asiatic, not like many I’m different, So don’t compare me to another, Cause they can’t hang, word to the mother.”

Unlike many other rappers, Kane ties all this into a comedic video that makes me smile every time I watch it. We see Kane, sporting his trademark hi-top fade hairstyle, face up with his competitor in the first scene before appearing in a boxing ring where they battle it out over a game of cards.

Watch out for some top facial expressions (@1:08 and 3:05 in particular). For me, this is Big Daddy’s finest joint, but contrary to other beliefs I love his newer material just as much as his old. Make sure you check out Long Live The Kane at least, but if you get a chance, be sure to peep Daddy’s Home because no hip-hop collection is complete without the master himself. (Oh yeah. Some guy called Jay-Z used to be his hype man too)

Murray’s BDK Rating:ger

Up next week… I was going to do this one later on but I can’t resist anymore. He was 14 when he recorded his debut and shared a historic moment on stage with Notorious B.I.G, Tupac and BDK himself…

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2 comments to Throwback Thursdays Vol 4

  • Andrew

    Murray, would you go as far to say that being a Jay-Z fan without knowing who Big Daddy Kane is, is like being a Wayne Rooney fan without knowing who Man Utd are? Because i’d never heard of big daddy kane until today. Thanks for the education…

  • This song was one of the first hip-hop songs I ever fell in love with. What a classic.

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