Today in Hip Hop History: September 12, 1989
Legendary pimp/battle rapper Big Daddy Kane released his 2nd full length album, It’s a Big Daddy Thing, through Cold Chillin’/Reprise Records in 1989. It’s a Big Daddy Thing was produced by Kane himself with the help from Marley Marl, Mister Cee, Prince Paul, Easy Mo Bee and Teddy Riley. It featured the likes of DJ Red Alert, Nice & Smooth, Scoob Lover, Ant Live, Blue Magic, Chuck Stanley and Scrap Lover.
It’s a Big Daddy Thing was recorded from 1988 to 1989 and released only a year after his classic debut album, Long Live the Kane. Along the lines of the previous record, this album furthers his abilities to switch up his style effortlessly, from pimp rap to battling to love ballads and many more. In fact, It’s a Big Daddy Thing cemented Kane as a certified sex symbol in hip hop, alongside LL Cool J. Kane switches up to more politically charged joints on the latter half of the album, capping off his overall diverse experience.
The song “Warm it Up, Kane” from the album appeared on the soundtrack of the popular video game, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, on the classic hip hop radio station Playback FM. In 2008, VH1 ranked the single “I Get The Job Done” #57 on their 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.
To date, It’s a Big Daddy Thing remains Kane’s most commercially successful album, as it became RIAA Certified Gold. It peaked at #33 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and #4 on the U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart. In 1998, The Source selected It’s a Big Daddy Thing as one of their 100 Best Rap Albums.