In this episode of “People’s Party With Talib Kweli”, Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with rapper, writer, and actor:
The King Asiatic Nobody’s Equal, Dark Gable, Blackanova, Count Macula…
BIG DADDY KANE
Truly a legend among legends and always a top contender in the conversation for the greatest of all-time, Kane blessed them with one of our best. Here’s what they covered:
- The origins of his name coming from the show ‘Kung Fu’ and film ‘Beach Party’.
- How Five Percent Nation teachings have inspired Kane through his life and career.
- Getting the attention of Marley Marl through his friendship with Biz Markie.
- The Bridge Wars rivalry and being stuck on the Juice Crew side while friends with KRS-One.
- His hometown of Brooklyn and the sights and sounds there that influenced his writing.
- Working with Rudy Ray Moore on ‘Big Daddy Vs. Dolemite’.
- The legacy of Brooklyn emcee Jaz-O.
- Acknowledging Kane’s influence on Eminem’s pen game.
- All the reasons why 1988 should be considered the best year in hip hop.
- Sex and violence in hip hop and how the radio and censorship has shifted.
- The significance of the flat top hair cut to Kane and his legacy.
- An update on the potential for a Verzuz battle between Kane and Rakim.
- Mentoring the Wu-Tang Clan and a classic ODB drunk out of his mind story.
- Recording with 2Pac and MC Hammer at Death Row studios.
- Black Thought’s style being a combination of Big Daddy Kane and Kool G Rap.
- Kane’s “all over the place” approach to subject matter in his rhymes.
- Activism being a trend and celebrating victories while not losing sight of the big picture.
- The reason why Kane chose to make his move to Raleigh, North Carolina.
- Forming the band Las Supper with singer Showtime and what it’s like to be on tour with them.