The Brooklyn icon, Big Daddy Kane, better known as Dark Gable, showed off the true essence of hip-hop by performing a short set of classics for NPR’s Tiny Desk.
If you’re a real, true blue, A+ type student and lover of hip-hop then you know the name (and rhymes) of Big Daddy Kane. His rep is impeccable and the slew of MCs that were inspired by him are Hall of Fame worthy themselves (see: Jay-Z). To let a new generation of hip-hop fans learn just how dope King Asiatic really is, BDK performed a short set of classics for NPR’s Tiny Desk.
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Turning the space into an office block party, the rap pioneer kicked off a slew of hits such as “Ain’t No Half Steppin’,” “Raw,” “Smooth Operator,” and a bonus freestyle just to let you know he never lost it. During his set he used an interlude between songs to address the intergenerational divisiveness defining rap today and the importance of fans of all ages supporting whatever they like, while “focusing on what’s positive and keeping that in the spotlight.”
The breakout member of the Juice Crew popularized quick-cadence flows, multisyllabic rhyme schemes, some really slick dance moves and ensuring that your live show is one-of-a-kind. As hip-hop has become the most popular genre and a global phenomenon, Tiny Desk does the game a true solid by showcasing a legend who laid the foundation down before the rest of the world became aware.
Watch the performance below and check out the setlist underneath that:
• “Smooth Operator”
• “Ain’t No Half Steppin”