NEW ORLEANS, LA - JULY 01:  Rapper Big Daddy Kane attends the 2011 Essence Music Festival at the Louisiana Superdome on July 1, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)

Big Daddy Kane


He started off as a member of the legendary Juice Crew and morphed into one of the most skilled and respected rap artists the world’s ever seen. Born Antonio Hardy in Brooklyn, Big Daddy Kane is known for his impeccable lyricism, influence in the hip hop community, and for single-handedly revolutionizing rappers' approach to performance. He’s gifted us with timeless singles like “Smooth Operator,” “Ain’t No Half Steppin’,” “I Get the Job Done” and classic LPs that will forever remain among hip hop’s most prized masterpieces. The Grammy Award winner is bringing crowds to their feet and proving he is a true hip hop icon.  (Photo: Johnny Nunez/WireImage)