Big Daddy Kane Turned Out the Howard Theatre

Article by Sebrena Woods
Images by Rodney Black

The concert was 80’s festival style – an open dance floor. The crowd was small, less than half of capacity; mixed; spanning generations – small children to senior citizens. The theater was extremely warm.

Big Daddy Kane, one of the most prolific MCs of all time did not disappoint. Still “6’1”, dark and lovely,” he hasn’t lost his sex-appeal, just some of his moves.

With 30 years in the business, BDK, at 48 years old, is still an exceptional wordsmith, enticing the audience with typical call and response.

He, along with his 7 piece band – The Last Supper, dj & 2 background singers, performed all of his greatest hits: I Work, Smooth Operator, Raw, Set It Off, and Ain’t No Half Steppin’.

After about an hour, he started to run out of material and began having one-on-one conversations with the audience. He also gave each of his band members & singers brief spotlight solos.

Overall, the show was very nostalgic. It reminded me of the days when rappers spoke clearly enough to understand what they were saying – no profanity, vulgarity, or violence. I miss those days.

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