BIG. DADDY. KANE. Probably the most hip hop name ever. If you don’t know this figure, here are some facts to measure the weight of this nonstandard MC :
Some rankings : No. 7 for MTV Greatest MCs Of All Time, No. 4 in Kool Moe Dee’s book There’s A God On The Mic: The True 50 Greatest MCs, No. 8 for The Source Top 50 Lyricists of All Time.
Rolling Stone magazine ranked his song Ain’t No Half-Steppin’ #25 on its list of The 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time.
He introduced the notion of lyrics in the Hip Hop, coupled with an innovative rhyme technique and an unrivalled flow for his time. For instance, he directly influenced Eminem on his own rhyme technique. No less!
In short the Hip Hop has never been the same after Big Daddy Kane. He changed everything.
After 30 years of career (more than I lived), B.D.K is still performing on stage like no one else for his Big Daddy Kane Tour.
It’s all about entertainment, it’s all about Big Daddy Kane
On this occasion, with the key player, we had the opportunity to review what defines him: the tour, his motivation, his projects, his vision… Interview with a legend.
You have almost 30 years of career, which is just crazy at some point. How do you find the motivation to keep rapping and performing all around the world ?
Oh man you know I just love Hip Hop. It’s just a passion. It’s not that hard to get motivated.
Can you please describe us what is The Big Daddy Kane Tour ?
We have several shows across the US, the UK and other European countries. It’s a real live performance, it’s only about entertainment, it’s only about Big Daddy Kane.
Yes, we know you as a great entertainer.
Yeah, you can expect a real show with a lot of theatrics, choreographies, costumes… it will be a great event.
The 10th of May, you will perform at the Jazz Café in London. Have you already been there ?
Yes, I have been there several times. I love the atmosphere there, the ground, the public… everything is here to get the best performance. I really enjoy the British public, they always come forward. I have many shows planned in the UK and it’s always a pleasure to perform there.
To talk about your career now, your last studio album “Back to the Future” was with your crew Las Supper in 2013. How did the group form ?
I can’t really tell you how it did, it’s just my band, you know.
Will your crew be there in London ?
I don’t know yet. We have to see which dates fit with the diary of everyone. But yes, seeing them on stage is a possibility, it would be great.
Can we expect new projects from you or your group in the future ?
Not for the moment honestly. We are all involved in different projects for the moment, you know… but yeah it would be interesting. Maybe in the future, who knows ?
What’s your vision about the current rap game and its evolution ?
Tough question… I would say it’s totally different now. The beats, the flows, the topics… it’s not the same trip. People don’t rap the same way no more. You have different trends now. I don’t really have an opinion about all this.
You are a real pioneer, you defined the term lyricist in the Hip Hop. Do you think lyrical rappers are still well represented ?
Well, you have rappers like Kendrick Lamar, J Cole, Logic… who are currently considered as the best rappers. Even though the times are different with all these new trends, the lyrics are still very important in the rap game. It’s what defines hip hop.
What kind of music are you listening to now ?
Mmh well, not that much of hip hop. I am listening mainly to soul music with artists like Leon Bridges. This kind of music has a real influence on me.
You also have an actor career. For instance we saw you in “Escaped” with Keanu Reeves last year. Do you have new projects from this side ?
Not in short time, but I am currently working as an executive producer on a biopic of my career and the Juice Crew (with Marley Marl, MC Shan, Kool G Rap, Masta Ace amongst others). The dates have to be confirmed but many hip hop guests are involved, it’s exciting !
Something to say to our readers ?
I am really looking forward to seeing you guys. I hope you will all come around. It will be a great show, don’t miss out !
Big Daddy Kane will be playing at the below dates, for tickets click here.
Friday 5-May-2017 2FunkyArts, Leicester
Saturday 6-May-2017 Duke of Cumberland, Whitstable
Sunday 7-May-2017 The Waterfront , Norwich
Monday 8-May-2017 The Fleece , Bristol
Wednesday 10-May-2017 Jazz Café, London
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