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Big Daddy Kane's 1988 debut still stands as a raw classic from one of hip-hop's most fruitful years. The production is end to end brilliant, with Juice Crew guru Marley Marl soundtracking Kane through nine furious cuts (and one absolute stinker, the slow jam "The Day You're Mine"). Marl's production has rarely sounded finer, a gritty chorus of drums and funk-soul samples that have since been immortalized. "Raw," "Just Rhymin' with Biz," and "Ain't No Half-Steppin'" are the certified anthems, but they're not the only highlights. Check the furious "Long Live the Kane" and "Set It Off" for Kane's up-tempo odes to himself. "I'll Take You There" and "Word to the Mother(Land)" were the obligatory (yet heartfelt) Nation nods, mandatory during this brief late-'80s period of Afrocentricity. Though his image would soon switch to that of a smoothed-out new jack playa, the memory of Kane as one of hip-hop's supreme lyrical rulers lives long on this masterpiece. --Hua Hsu

1. Long Live The Kane
2. Raw (Remix)
3. Set It Off
4. The Day You're Mine
5. On The Bugged Tip
6. Ain't No Half-Steppin'
7. I'll Take You There
8. Just Rhymin' With Biz
9. Mister Cee's Master Plan
10. Word To The Mother (Land)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002LEK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,530 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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For lovers of old school hip hop, this is a must!
The Fancy One
While I think this is a great album(could have been better), his second one is actually better mainly because it has more songs.
C. Troxler
Big Daddy Kane is undoubtedly the best MC of all time.
Peter Edey

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Norfeest VINE VOICE on May 12, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I can't really say anything that hasn't been said here already. Long Live The Kane is a classic. Hands down. Point blank. Period. The lyrics were unlike anything that had been heard at the time and the beats were most definitely on point. At the time, sampling didn't require clearance (which would change later that year), so DJs/Producers were able to freely sample and the creative sounds of '88 were unlike any other year. Marley Marl most definitely hooked Kane up on this joint. "On The Bugged Tip", "Ain't No Half Steppin", "Raw (Remix)", "Set It Off", and "Just Rhymin' With Biz" are all classic joints. In fact, every song on the album is dope. Man, albums like this really make me long for the days of '88 again.

I have to disagree with some of these reviewers that say there is no filler on this album. "The Day You're Mine" could be considered filler when you examine the content of the rest of the album. But with cats like LL, Slick Rick, and Heavy D dropping classic joints for the ladies at the time, you could say that this was the trend at the time. Don't get me wrong, it's not wack......I'm just saying that it could be considered as filler because the rest of the album is centered around Kane getting busy on the mic.

Long Live The Kane is still a 5 star classic. It's been dissected, copied, examined, and used as a blueprint for hundreds of MCs that followed. Not many rap albums are as heavily sampled as this one. The beats are on point and the lyrics are timeless. Long Live The Kane is a must have album. It simply gets no better than this. Highly reccomended.

Standout Tracks: Every Track Stands Out
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Maye on April 5, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Big Daddy Kane is one of the most gifted MCs to grace the mic, up there with the likes of Rakim. Kane represented what an artists should do on the mic. It's too bad that no MCs flow like this today, but with Kane's first album, it should come as no surprise that his influence was felt in some other MCs after him, namely Jay-Z. But with Long Live The Kane, Kane made his mark in hip hop forever. Here's the review:
Album Highlights: The entire album, there's no filler here.
Production: Thumbs up. Marley Marl on the boards, nuff said.
Lyrics and Subject Matter: Thumbs up. Outside of Rakim and Kool G.Rap, NO ONE else was THIS nice with the words.
Originality: Thumbs Up.
The Last Word: One CLASSIC album. This is true Big Daddy Kane in all of his glory. He truly represented with his lyrical skills, sense of dropping ILL metaphors, and clever delivery. He won't be forgotten. A STRONG RECOMMENDATION for this album. You won't be disappointed.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 4, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Mmm, Mmm, Mmm...Ah yeah, I'm with this...It's '88, time to set it straight. From "Ain't No Half-Steppin'" to "Raw," and "Set it Off," this album was quintessential late 80's New York rap. It had the perfunctory love jam, "The Day You're Mine," (one of the better rap love songs along with "Teenage Love" by Slick Rick,"Funky Dividends" by 3XD, "I Need Love" by LL, and "Silent Treatment" by the Roots), the pro-black cut, "Word to the Mother(land)," the DJ cut,"Mister Cee's Master Plan," the posse cuts, "On the Bugged Tip" and "Just Rhymin' With Biz," and the positive cut (which at times was the pro-black cut also), "I'll Take You There." Though this album had elements similar to other rap at that time, it was unique in that Kane was a superior rapper. He used similes extensively, and his rhymes were pretty intelligent. Unfortunately, Kane kind of went overboard with his pop attempts (which ironically dominate much of present hip-hop) and his loverman image. Nevertheless, "Long Live the Kane" and "It's a Big Daddy Thing" are classics. The next two albums were solid also, and his subsequent works had positive cuts here and there. The latest, "Veteranz Day," is decent (3 out of 5).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By liveon14887 on September 19, 2004
Format: Audio CD
He wasn't just better than the rest, he was fresher than the freshest. An example to prove this point, a line taken from his incredible Raw, "I'm not an amateur but a professional unquestionable/without a doubt superb/also full of action, my name should be a verb". Now really, how sick is that rhyme? Tell me a better rhyme that a rapper has come up with to beat this classic Raw cut.

When the young Big Daddy Kane blasted away rap music with his '88 cut, Long Live the Kane, he could care less about playing his position. Raised from Hollis, Queens, he came and saw and conquered- with much emphasis on conquered (eg. Raw).

Raw was sort of an introduction to Big Daddy Kane where he stated points that he could not be beaten. Ain't No Half Steppin' confirmed it and proved his rhymes in Raw was true, "For you to beat me/it's gonna take a miracle". Like some rappers, Big Daddy Kane was a 2-sided man. Besides his 'grab-my-dick' motto, he was influential and had a keen social awareness as witnessed on I'll Take You There or Word to the Mother (Land). Predicting the facts of war being transferred to video games, Brooklyn's Finest found his way to reign that would crown him the King of his own era.
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