This line would be paid tribute to by The Roots in their song “The Next Movement”
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Kane’s style was very influential on lots of rappers, including a young Jay-Z, who Kane mentored in the early 1990’s Here’s Kane and Jay freestyling together at Kane’s 1991 birthday party:
This album would contain a then-necessary token black-power song called “Word to the Mother(land)”
The influential Minneapolis rap group Atmosphere would put their own spin on these opening lines years later
These lines are an homage to the opening of Big Daddy Kane’s 1988 classic Ain’t No Half Steppin:
Rappers stepping to me, they wanna get some
But I’m the Kane, so yo, you know the outcome
He’s saying that most of these rappers would be better off just settling into a desk job and give up the game now.
The modification of the last line speaks to me as people who try to keep each other down to get ahead instead of improving their own life.
Kane always had a bit of a reputation as a ladies' man, one he would take to the extreme by posing for the magazine Playgirl in 1991
Whew! No, he didn’t!
Oh man..did he just say..
Kane, born September 10, 1968 is indeed a Virgo
See above for the derivation of the “Cameo afro” phrase