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Big Daddy Kane Proves Why He's The "Smooth Operator" During NPR Tiny Desk Concert

New York, NY – Big Daddy Kane was the latest guest on NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series, where the Hip Hop great ran through renditions “Smooth Operator,” “Ain’t No Half Steppin’,” and “Raw.”

Backed by a sax, keyboard, bass and drums, the Juice Crew alum delivered his polished rhymes with the same swagger we’ve come to expect.

“It’s that intimate jazz club feel,” BDK tells HipHopDX the performance. “You get to see everyone’s faces and party with them as opposed to standing over them.”

Elsewhere inthe performance, Dark Gablealso delivered an impromptu freestyle andtouched on the divisiveness in rap during an interlude.


Kane started carving out his legacy in 1988 with Long Live The Kane andfollowed up with It’s A Big Daddy Thingin 1989. Although he hasn’t released a proper solo album since 1998’s Veteranz Day,he’scollaborated with numerous artists in the years since.

In 2016, he hooked up with Joell Ortiz, Chris Rivers and Token for Kill At Will: The Final Chapter.