Song of the day 1/24/13

Stop Shammin’ By Big Daddy Kane

I was recently reminded of some of the forgotten work of one of my favorite all time rappers. I’m in that age group where Rakim, Kool G Rap, and Big Daddy Kane will always be in my top 3. Like all rappers though, people get old and lose their edge. While I’d by lying if i said I was really checking for any of these dudes currently, all three of them had a deep and profound effect on the way I listen to hip hop. They were the elite mc’s when I was young and, even after they peaked, a lot of that older shit they did still held up to the standards of whatever was current in hip hop.
In the case of Big Daddy Kane, he had some up’s and downs. After releasing two classic albums (Long live the Kane and It’s a big daddy thing), he saw the first signs of backlash with his album “A taste of chocolate”. While I understand why, I also felt it was wildly slept on and very unfairly judged. But, instead of me explaining why, peep this video right here where RA the Rugged man breaks it down perfectly:

Anyway, because “A Taste of Chocolate” was so intensely judged, the next album was a crucial one for kane. So what did he do? He dropped a dud. “Prince of darkness” , while it had a few moments, was easily the worst Kane album (during his still capable years). Filled with bullshit slow jams and pretty much playing like exactly what people had been saying about his previous album. It’s like he took the criticism and was like “They think that’s soft? Wait’ll they hear this..). After “Prince of Darkness” A lot of people had seemingly threw in the towel on Kane. His loverboy style of rap has gone overboard , he was seemingly mailing it in and people just didn’t wanna hear that shit anymore.
Well, someone must have alerted Kane of this cause he did what so many rappers before him who had had similar fall offs had done…he made a “return to the streets” album. Now, normally, this would be some pandering bullshit that was just the fallen rapper kicking thuggy rhymes in a last ditch effort to regain the fans he had lost by rapping like a pussy. But, in the case of Kane, he was actually still a good enough rapper to pull it off. His album “Looks like a job for…”, featuring a photo of him in a hoodie on the cover, was a return to form. Sure, he wasn’t the same kane who change the game but he was still good enough to make a strong album. So, while “Looks like a job for…” wasn’t fucking with his older catalogue, it was still a good album.
Anyway, I write all that to write this: I had all but forgotten this album until recently and I had a chance to revisit some of it. This song was always one of my favorites from it. Not only the rhymes but that beat? goddamn. Easy Moe bee for the win. Good stuff.
As a bonus, here’s Big Daddy Kane Primer course for those young’uns out there too young to know…Here are some highlights from all his albums up to “Looks like a job for…”
Long Live the kane

It’s a big daddy thing

A taste of Chocolate

Prince of Darkness (This is where things went to shit…)

Ughh…He was definitely mailing it on the highest level there but it did have this song

Looks like a job for…

6 thoughts on “Song of the day 1/24/13

  1. its never esay seeing ur idols fall off (wutang for me). im 27 so i look at this era in hiphop like i look at the good old manufacturing days of america, nostalgia for something i’ll never know. i honestly think alotta shit from that era stands the test off time…flat tops and jackets with shoulder pads not so much(even though that terrible 80’s style been making a comeback). i understand y my favorite mc’s favorite mc’s are rakim and kane. good take.

    my personal favorite “legend past there prime album” is slick ricks “art of story telling”. best album people havent heard by a mile.

  2. Daddy Kane is one of the greatest but I think people don’t know much about Rakim. I wouldn’t compare Kane to Rakim. Everytime you discover new rhymes in his lyrics. Just reading his lyrics and think about them aren’t enough and also you’ll find buncha things while you are listening to. I ask this question all the time: “How did he write these lyrics?”. It doesn’t matter if he entertained people or not. But he is the biggest lyricist. He’s not just dropping rhymes. You can find many aspects behind of them. And whenever I read an article, people just mention his name. That’s it! I heard that he’s working with Pharell and I hope he’ll drop another legendary album years later.
    Peace Out Everybody!

    • I love Rakim but I wouldn’t get my hopes up about that last part. Both it happening and it being good. Rakim is like 50 now. It would be weird if he was still good.

      • The only regret about his 7th Seal album. Been years later he released an album but poorly produced. His lyrics was still good and I believe he is going to drop a good album with a talented producer. I think it has nothing to do with age. Chuck D is older than him and he dropped Most of My Heroes album in July 2012. I was afraid to listen because of the “he could be still hot?” reason. When I listened to album, It was still a Public Enemy album. Legends like Chuck D always show that they got still couple of bullets he can shoot you in the head. I haven’t got his Evil Empire album yet but I have no doubt about it. By The Way, Thanks for your reply.

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