Big Daddy Kane says that Macklemore should be celebrated, not criticized, for his single “Downtown” single with Ryan Lewis, whose video features Rap pioneers Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee and Grandmaster Caz. Macklemore also featured the rap veterans Sunday (August 30) in his VMA performance of the song.

REAL TALK!!! I don’t see one artist in the game that put Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee or Grandmaster Caz on their new song or let them perform on the VMA’s (Including Me) but people wanna have a problem with @macklemore for paying homage to them?” Big Daddy Kane wrote on Instagram yesterday (August 31). “We don’t acknowledge our own & get mad when another color does. Now if one of them passes, then we wanna post shit about them, say RIP & get t-shirts with their picture. FOH!!!!!!! Learn about your history & preserve it now. If not, SHUT THE FUCK UP!!! To me this is about real pioneers getting recognition in today’s society.”

BET then wrote about Big Daddy Kane’s post, which he says he appreciated. But he says the site could have covered the situation differently. 

“It would mean so much more to Hip Hop if you took this time to interview Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee & Gransmaster Caz about being featured on this new song & what it’s like working with the younger generation,” Big Daddy Kane says. “Please consider a story on these true Hip Hop pioneers. Thank you for your time.”

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