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Big Daddy Kane with Dana Dane & Chubb Rock 

When: Fri., April 2 2010
Hip-hop has produced more momentous artists than Big Daddy Kane, but it certainly hasn’t produced many better pure rappers. A product of the genre’s glorious mid-’80s rise, before the likes of Public Enemy and De La Soul expanded the music’s worldview and before gangsta began draining the joy from rap’s inherent playing-the-dozens braggadocio, Big Daddy Kane rivals contemporary Rakim as the MC ideal. Whether dropping smooth lyrics over a nice mellow beat for the epic five-plus minutes of “Ain’t No Half Steppin’,” batting clean-up on Marley Marl’s classic posse cut “The Symphony” (both, incidentally, built on Stax samples), or letting his normally relaxed pulse quicken on “Raw,” Big Daddy Kane only had two real subjects: his own brilliance and the dreary inferiority of his competitors. And that’s all he needed. Big Daddy Kane plays Minglewood Hall Friday, April 2nd, headlining an “Old School ’80s Hip Hop Party” hosted by his old Juice Crew partner Roxanne Shante. Second-tier golden-age rappers Chubb Rock and Dana Dane round out the bill. Showtime is 9 p.m. Tickets are $30. Kane’s concert prophecy: “I grab the mic and make MCs evaporate/The party people say, ‘Damn, that rapper’s great!’” — Chris Herrington
— Chris Herrington


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