Big Daddy Kane released his debut LP Long Live The Kane. Released by Cold Chillin’ Records and produced by Marley Marl, this album is one of Hip Hop’s earliest successes. Through this project, Big Daddy Kane was able to create one of the dopest styles ever heard in hip hop. His abilities made him universally appealing and easily marketable.
This album can be credited as one of the most influential LPs of the golden age of Hip Hop. (Nas, Pete Rock, AZ, Gang Starr, RZA, Biggie Smalls, and MF DOOM) are among some of the acclaimed artists who have made directed references to either this album or Big Daddy Kane in general throughout their music. In 1998, The Source Magazine ranked this project as one of the 1000 Greatest Albums in Hip Hop. The album was certified gold in the year of its release and serves as one of the two projects from Big Daddy Kane that sold well over 500,000 copies.
The same way R&B had Michael Jackson vs Prince in the 80s hip hop had Kane vs Rakim. Though the 2 never formally battled, there was always an undercurrent of competition because the 2 mirrored each other. Both were 5%rs (Nation of God’s and earth’s) both had murderous lyrics, both dropped albums that changed the soundscape of hip hop. Kane dropped “Long Live The Kane” in June of 88, Rakim along with his DJ Eric B. dropped “Paid in Full” in July of 87. It was as if hip hop were basic math before Kane and Rakim came. Rakim seemed almost invincible before Kane came. Kane took Rakim’s style and put a turbo on it. Heads from the golden era will always debate about who is the best but Kane and Rakim were actually Kool with each other.
Kane was a showman truly hip hops version of James Brown. He had some of the dopest back up dancers in the game. He had impeccable stlye, his flat top hair style was the standard for the 80s. Long Live the Kane was the Rawest album that Kane dropped and will always be a hallmark of hip hop history.
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