Big Daddy Kane Praises Jay-Z, Discusses Brooklyn Gentrification

Big Daddy Kane shows his love for Jay-Z and discusses the current state of Brooklyn.

This upcoming June 2013 marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Big Daddy Kane's seminal debut album Long Live the Kane. Now, in a recent interview with Complex, Kane retraces the steps of his career and revisits one of his former proteges. 

Kane first discussed his relationship with fellow Brooklynite and former protege Jay-Z. He said that's proud to see his "Show and Prove" partner has become so successful and praised his ability on the mic.

"I’m happy for him. I’ve always thought that dude was a good rapper and always wanted to see him achieve the best and he has," said Kane.

Kane also dicussed his place as one of the two Brooklyn representatives in the predominantly Queens-bred Juice Crew. He said that he always tried to do justice to Brooklyn while with the Juice Crew, but nowadays, however, he doesn't even recognize what Brooklyn's become.

"In the beginning there was awkwardness, because me and Shan didn’t necessarily get along and Mr. Magic was kind of funny towards me. But eventually we were all close and good friends. I definitely wanted to rep Brooklyn, because pretty much all of them were reppin’ Queens...[but Brooklyn’s] mad different. When people ask me would I move back, I say, 'What for?' All my memories are gone. It’s not like I can go to the Empire and put my feet up on the back of someone else’s seat so the rats don’t run across my feet. It’s not like I can go see great kung fu flicks on The Deuce for $1.50...I go there now and an old movie theater will end up being an organic shop or Blimpie’s will end up being a Starbucks."

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  • Anonymous

    Who is this old wack rapper talking about kung fu movies? They have something called special effects now Lame Daddy Pain.


    Kane, the father of Jay-z flow and multiple rhymes schemes. he would fit perfectly now with YMCMB.

  • joeycraks

    Kane lives in North Carolina now and I don't blame him.

  • Anonymous

    where does kane live now?

  • Hypestyle

    where is the new album from Kane-- production by Marley, Premier, Rick Rubin, Just Blaze, Kanye West, DJ Toomp, etc.

  • Anonymous

    Every Juice Crew/Marley Marl/Shan story I've heard alludes to Shan being hard to get along with.

  • Anonymous

    How about moving back because it's a better place?

    • Anonymous

      If you copped a bigger crib downsouth for a lower price why would you? Not just NY but everything town I've lived in or visited got rid of what gives them their character.

  • It's fucked up!

    It's fucked up what happening to Brooklyn and harlem. People getting being forced to move out of their own neighborhoods so rich people can come. Soon Brooklyn is just going to be for rich people

    • donnis mac

      Are y'all from NYC? A lot of these gentrified neighborhoods were drug havens and abandoned real estate for years (energy crisis, '77 Blackout looting, stuttered slumlord tenements). Re-zoning, subsidizing, and grants has it looking "meshed" now. The projects were former co-ops before the state bought them up so it's no surprise they want to turn some of them back to co-ops. Also, a lot of B'klyn Blacks actually owned/own townhouses, co-ops, homes, condos, lofts. They were bought out, sold them and got out the state because of the high cost of living, a la TAXES, or are still there.

    • Jack Daniel

      There is no conspiracy or racism in gentrification. The underlying theme is money and profit. Building owners cashing in on a neighborhoods new found popularity. I seen it in Chicago happen before my eyes. Logan Square, Wicker, they are trying to do Humbolt Park but the Puerto Rican homeowners aren really trying to go out like that last time I checked...but the need for money makes people change their minds real quick.

    • Jack Daniel

      Thats the thing...its NOT THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD! If 90% of these black people actually OWNED the property they lived in, then gentrification could be stopped. But what forces them out is the actual property owners, the landlords desire to make more money off of the property. Its based on mathematics and money. When an area is up and coming the property value rises. The building owner/landlord who bought his building in the 90s or 80s for $100,000 which gave renters $700 a month rent has now sold the building for $500,000 (based off of the areas new found popularity) to someone new who has now refurbished the building and is renting it to a yuppy and hipster couple at the rate of $1900 a month that they are more than willing to pay for. Now multiply this scenario by every building in the area. This is how it works.

    • Anonymous

      The predominately black neighborhoods in Brooklyn will remain predominately black neighborhoods for years to come. Specifically, Bed-Stuy. There are far too many black folks to displace, and, eventually the gentrification will even-out. Also, not every white face in Bed-Stuy is a homeowner. Many of these people are simply renting for the short-term.


    There really is no reason for moving back at all

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