Big Daddy Kane Addresses Rakim Rivalry & Comparisons

Big Daddy Kane explains why he never battled Rakim despite their rivalry.

Big Daddy Kane and Rakim are celebrated as critically acclaimed emcees, but the two have not always seen eye-to-eye. Recently, Big Daddy Kane addressed his rivalry with Rakim and explained why the two never battled, despite their feud.

"Me and Rakim were always clear that we were rivals," Kane says in an interview with MySpace. "Eric B. is a personal friend of mine and that’s probably the only reason why me and Ra never really battled."

Big Daddy Kane Says Rakim Comparisons Were "Always Beautiful"

In the interview, Kane also explains how he's felt about Rakim, their rivalry and comparisons that have been made. 

"Rakim is a great lyricist," Kane says. "To me, it was always beautiful to be compared to him." 

In August 2013, Kane said Eric B.'s brother, Ant Live, helped him squash his feud with Rakim. 

“Back then I didn’t really know Ra like that,” Kane said at the time. “It was like me and Eric was the ones that was cool…Because of that it was a type of thing where I would never go at Eric’s emcee. It was something that I know people wanted to see and I would have loved to have seen it happen, but Eric was my man so I wasn’t gonna go at his emcee. And Rakim never went at me.”

“But then one day, what happened was this girl gave me a photo,” he continued. “I remember it like it was yesterday. And it said, ‘Dear Kane, I want to set it off and get R.A.W. Ain’t no half-stepping’ because I’m gonna break your wrath in half.’ So, I handed to the picture to my man Ant Live, who’s Eric B.’s brother. And he asked her about it and she said, ‘Yeah, Rakim got this song called ‘Break The Wrath In Half.’ You ain’t heard it? Eric B. played it for me’…So, we laughing about it, but at that point Ant was like, ‘Yo, this is just getting too out of hand, man. Y’all really need to talk.’ So, Ant Live called Rakim and he told me that he had a line he was gonna put in a song, but he took it out. And I told him I had something that I was gonna put in a song, but you know I took it out. And we just squashed it and left it alone."

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30 Comments

  • OnkelMichael

    Don't talk bad about legends...Kane spoke up... http://www.send space.com/file/3aeqdq Easy Moe Bee The shit internet talks now he said back then...

  • Anonymous

    Big Daddy Kane symphony verse Settin' it off, lettin' it off, beginnin'. Rough to the endin', you never been in to move the groove with the smooth rap lord; like a bottle of juice, rhymes are being poured. Down your ear, crisp and clear, as I prepare to wear, tear and smear - then I'm outta here. With a mark left that you can all cling. Cuz rockin' a party? Yo, it's a small thing. I rip many places on regular basis, and broken down mics were the only traces that I'd been there and there at the party. The mic had my prints, and on it was a body. So take caution. I'm not horsin' around in a throwdown, clown, I'm takin' yours son. So just acknowledge the way that I kick it, cuz if rap was a house, you'd be evicted. And dismissed from the microphone, chokin' on a bone, cuz Daddy's home. And battlin' me is hazardous to health, so put a quarter in your ass, cuz ya played yourself Like a game in the arcade. You need a far aid. I'm walkin' the path that Allah made. I'll attend and then begin to send a speech to reach and teach, so just say when. So I can let lyrics blast like a bullet. My mouth is the gun; on suckers I pull it. The trigger, ya figure, my pockets gettin' bigger, cuz when it comes to money, yo, Grant's my nigga! You've got the groove, MCs, freeze, stand still, nobody move. It's a sabotage, as I take charge. Don't barge, cuz gotdamn, I'm livin' large like a giant. You're nothin' but a midget, a small digit. You ain't hit it, forget it, quit it. I reign superior, always takin' care o'ya. No-frill rappers, you will evaporate, disintegrate, deflate to your fate, as the great will dominate straight to the state of reignin', gainin. So put Kane in, that category. Period. End of story...

  • MGRUPPE.COM

    RAP PAGES/RAP MASTER/ETC BACK IN THE DAY STATED THAT KANE HAD THE SKILL AND CHARISMA TO TAKE OVER THE SCENE. GIVE DUDE A MIC IN 2014 - HE CAN ROCK A SHOW; A TRUE MASTER OF CEREMONY BUT RAKIM IS A GOD. AS A BDK FAN FROM DAY ONE I HATED THE FACT THAT HE GOT TOO GASSED UP ABOUT BEING A PIMP/SMOOTH/PLAYBOY LOVER SO HIS SHIT WENT SOFT TIL "LOOKS LIKE A JOB FOR..." WHEN IT WAS TOO LATE. KANE FUCK UP HIS CAREER BIG TIME: YOU REMEMBER THE NAKED PICS WITH MADONNA AND NAOMI CAMPBELL??? TODAY WHEN I LOOK A THAT "ALL OF ME" RECORD-COVER WITH HIM AND BARRY WHITE I STILL CANT BELIEVE I BOUGHT THAT SHIT.

  • OnkelMichael

    The big daddy.... http://www.send space.com/file/g7ajd9

  • nquestion

    Just tell the truth Kane u didn"t go at Rakim back in the day because u know u would have got busted up and embarrsased and got your little pride hurt u weren't ready but at that time no one was the man was the best in the business back then hands down !

  • Sensaye Sixkiller

    This was Hip-Hop version of Prince Vs. Michael Jackson when I was a kid. I still can't really call it. On any given day I may think one is better than the other. Kane was more versatile and fun to listen to. Kane was one of those MCs you can play anywhere, with your boys, with your girl, with your parents, at a club, on the street, because he could do it all. Kane also had more energy and was a better performer. He was the total package as an artist, and was a nasty lyricist on top of that. Rakim was more the ferocious, serious MC. Dropped knowledge on you in an aggressive way. Painted ill pictures. Was way ahead of his time with some of his techniques. To me, they're 1 and 1A. I'd never say a foul word about either of 'em.

    • Anonymous

      More like NKOTB vs. N Sync

    • Sensaye Sixkiller

      LL was always dope, and he's a legend who's career went further than both Kane and Rakim. But if we're just talking MCing, LL couldn't fuck with Kane or Rakim. The only other MC I could put on their level back then lyrically, was probably Kool G. Rap. I even put Slick Rick and KRS a notch below them, and on the same level as LL. As far as challenging Rakim, Kool Keith used to get at Rakim. They were going at each other. "Ain't it Good To You" by Ultra was a diss to Rakim, in response to "Follow the Leader". Rakim dissed him back on "Musical Massacre". You gotta respect Keith's longevity too. He was bat-shit crazy back then and he still is, but somehow that fucker has outlasted everyone. He was a nasty MC back in the day. His flows and rhyme structures were ahead of their time. His shit now is just TOO unconventional. It's like yo, I respect your originality, but humor us by just flowing on beat from time to time. The DJing question, to me, Scratch was ill. Eric B was more a producer than a DJ. Mister Cee was dope. But the dopest DJ then and the dopest DJ now is Jazzy Jeff. To me, he's the all time greatest. You can factor in every fact of DJing and Jeff comes out on top, and that's aside from the fact that he's one of the most underrated producers of all time. Peace.

    • nquestion

      And I know u gone say were talking rappers not DJ'S but back then they were a team the rapper and the Dj were one soul damn i miss those days that's why everyone had such a unique sound back then now-a-days everyone rapper is buying his beats from the same producer in my opinion that killed real rap !

    • nquestion

      Ur post was spot on man until u said 1 and 1A because Kane was nice but Rakim was great in my opinion and i want u to respond to this at that time the only MC i think would have been man enough to attempt challenging Rakim may have been LL Cool J and I also think he me have even been ur 1A at that time not Kane because if i remember correctly the Cut Creator and Eric B were the top two DJ'S at that time DJ Scratch would come up a little short in either of those battles do u or do u not agree ?

  • Anonymous

    Rakim owned EPMD subliminally on Follow the Leader epmd said "it's like dig em smack you smack at me and I smack you back" to dis Ra line "you can get a smack for this" Rakim owned them with "Brothers said dig em I never dug em they couldn't follow the leader long enough so I drug em in the danger zone" and you know the rest.

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  • Come On

    Growing up I liked them both, But lets be honest they were not that close Rakim has a way better catalog of hits, and to me is he superior emcee out of the two.

  • Anonymous

    Kane can still bring it live but yeah, even Rakim in decline destroys anything BDK has released since... 1990?

  • Anonymous

    Rakim will shit on Kane. Kane has only 2 good albums, his firsttwo after that he became wack and started singin and shit

    • Anonymous

      Doubtful. Rakim maybe was a better lyricist, but he was a story teller where as Kane was a natural battle rapper. He clowned fools. He was also more multi-faceted than Rakim. Rakim was pretty much always serious where as Kane could get open with humor, being a ladies man, and just destroying MCs.

    • Anonymous

      All his albums were dope once you got past the lead off singles which were probably label requirements. Especially if you listen to Veteranz day that's his hardest post Juice Crew album.

    • Anonymous

      smh the youth

  • Anonymous

    Ain't too late to get a collab... holla at each other and make history happen. 1

  • Anonymous

    Imagine if kane and rakim was a duo group like epmd or outkast

    • Anonymous

      G rap and Rakim would've been more likely to happen. Marley Marl said the Eric B for President beat was intended for Freddy Foxx(Bumpy Knuckles)but he didn't make it to the session so he missed out and has been tossing sodium at Rakim since.

  • Anonymous

    They had too many common friends especially Biz Markie. He seemed to have a hand in a lot people's careers back then all from just traveling borough to borough.

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  • rbgwarrior

    two of the top three (#1 KRS)going at it wouldve been legendary to say the least!

  • track22

    Wish it would have happened. It would defenitly saved BDK from coming out with that weak prince of darkness album.

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