World Famous Hip-Hop Family Day is proud to announce Big Daddy Kane as its headliner for 2019. A Grammy Award-winning artist who began his career in 1986 as a member of the rap collective the Juice Crew, Big Daddy Kane is widely considered one of the most skilled MCs in hip hop and has been ranked on several lists as one of the top 10 MCs of all time.
Kane started out as a Brooklyn battle rapper before joining Juice Crew alongside Marley Marl and Biz Markie. His 1988 debut album, Long Live the Kane, featured the hit “Ain’t No Half Steppin’” and “Raw.” His LP, It’s A Big Daddy Thing, featured “Smooth Operator,” “Warm It Up,” and “I Get The Job Done.”
“Big Daddy Kane is of the most profound lyricists of all time—hard enough for the fellas and smooth enough for the ladies, with second-to-none showmanship,” says Love, Peace & Hip-Hop founder and executive director FatRat Da Czar. “We’d attempted to secure him for the festival two other times, but the third time is the charm. He will undoubtedly set the SODA on fire.”
Big Daddy Kane has collaborated with renowned artists such as Kool G Rap, Masta Ace, Public Enemy, Ice Cube, Patti LaBelle, and Quincy Jones. In 2005, Kane was honored during the VH1 Hip-Hop Honors. After a medley of his hits was performed by T.I., Black Thought, and Common, he came out to perform “Warm It Up, Kane” with his old dancers, Scoob and Scrap.
“Kane,” an acronym for King Asiatic Nobody’s Equal Kane, comes from his youthful fascination with martial arts films. “Big Daddy” comes from the name of a character Vincent Price played in the 1963 film Beach Party. The artist is also known as B.D.K., Dark Gable, King Asiatic Nobody’s Equal, Blackanova, and Count Macula.
A four-day celebration capped by a free, family-friendly festival on Saturday, April 13, the 7th annual World Famous Hip-Hop Family Day will bring over 16,000 attendees to Columbia’s Main Street. Presented by Love, Peace & Hip-Hop, the City of Columbia, and WellCare Healthy Connections, Hip-Hop Family Day is an unforgettable day of fun with the best and brightest live performers, DJs, B-Boy dance crews, hip-hop visual artists, and craft and food vendors.