ABOUT THE ARTIST

Big Daddy Kane: Good, good.
Khalil Thomas: Alight, Alright, what brings you down to the A, I mean I know you down here you about to do your thing and all but being in Atlanta man I mean it seems as if the underground just came down here because the A3C I think it's about 6 years strong and continually representing not only classic MC's but the newer MC's. So, what you gonna do tonight?
Big Daddy Kane: Oh, I'm just gonna do what I do you know, get onstage and have fun and hopefully everybody enjoys it so you know my whole plan is just to come up here and have fun that's all.
Khalil Thomas: No question, you know growing up you know of course I was a fan and my brother was a fan, and they way you changed the game. I watched them recent unsung and it's crazy because the Unsung piece you were the first MC that they did And I'm looking at that and I'm trying to analyze that and I'm like, why would they select Kane? So, as I'm watching the Unsung, and they featured on you bringing a lot of R&B to the game. Now, as a youngster, I didn't understand this, but from your lineage and your background that's an important piece of you growing up and everything and you brought that to the game. So, please explain how you managed to merge that into Hip Hop as far as the R&B.
Big Daddy Kane: I mean, I truly believe that anybody that embrace Hip Hop from it's early stages it's part of their background too. You know, I mean Anybody who was an MC back in the days if you got on the mic at a block party or at a house party or anything like that what you did was you either rhymed on some disco, some jazz, some rock 'n' roll, you know something like that you know. So, it's something that any real MC goes back to the origin of the game as they've experienced it. They've branched off in different genres when they spit over a beat cause a lot of the break come from those different genres of music.
Khalil Thomas:No question, and not only taking the R&B but with the dancing. I mean, growing up as a shorty after break dancing I was just chilling on the side until I saw School the Scrap and I saw you and yo it's like cool to dance again. But, how did you formulate that? Was it like a true thing or something you just said, "Yo, let's just do this and make it live" because you had everybody doing those maneuvers and techniques that y'all be doing out there.
Big Daddy Kane: I guess the whole concept was to create the whole James Brown, The Fabulous Flames type of love. Like what James had with the two brothers on stage dancing with him. That's what we were trying to create you know, in our camp. You know, School [inaudible 00:03:02] right here, he choreographed some fascinating dance steps.
Khalil Thomas: Now, as far as your inspiration ... there are a lot of great MC's man, you're definitely on the [path 00:03:16], you know great MC's man. But who inspired Kane, a young Kane. Who inspired a young Kane to come out and say what he said?
Big Daddy Kane: That would be [Grands lots of Cash 00:03:28] [inaudible 00:03:29]
I just thought he had a real slick tone and real clever lyrics you know, and that he was very inspirational. You know, my writing style.
Khalil Thomas: No question, no question. Growing up, listening to Kane. The first album cover, I mean it personified your whole vibe, you were like Black Season Lebron, pretty chicks feeding you grapes and everything. That was a classic cover, who inspired you to do something like that as far as ... was it your creation? Or just [PNR 00:04:04] or something? I mean, that was real dope the way it was laid out.
Big Daddy Kane: I wish I could take credit. I believe that it was [George Figuard 00:04:11] [inaudible 00:04:12]
Khalil Thomas:Okay so, what's Kane doing nowadays? What you doing besides from touring and that?
Big Daddy Kane: Well, at this point in time I got a whole lot of projects getting ready to drop next year. It's with a live band, with a [inaudible 00:04:30] and like Hip Hop, with [00:04:32] soul and all the music is all played live, all down to the horn section, we're crushing everything live. You know, that's what I'm working on right now. Well not working on but basically finishing and it will be coming out next year.
Khalil Thomas: Okay, so as far as the A3C goes, like I mentioned earlier. It's a combination of classic MC's and present MC's as long with the Hip Hop is going at, why do you feel the A3C is important in today's Hip Hop culture?
Big Daddy Kane: I believe that anything you know tries to acknowledge a lot of the underground cats that really embrace Hip Hop as a true art form. And they want to showcase them, I think it's beautiful. I think anything that does that is very important and A3C is doing is beautiful because it's giving a lot of young talent the opportunity to be seen, you know around the world, because it's people that's here from so many different places.
Khalil Thomas: So tonight, if I'm a fan, I'm out there man. I got my little ticket in hand, I'm in the back. You come on stage man, what am I going to witness tonight?
Big Daddy Kane: Yo, we just ... [inaudible 00:05:46] I don't know. I mean, hey man we just going to have some fun man. Really we going to have some fun and you know, entertain the crowd man, that's it
Khalil Thomas: I appreciate it man. One of the all time greats, Big Daddy Kane. A3C, Iamclassichiphop.com check us out. Kane, where can we go to find some reading material online, if ... you know like that?
Big Daddy Kane: Check my website, officialbigdaddykane.com. I know my old stuff is up on Itunes now. But it's [inaudible 00:06:18] you want to check the tour dates, see if I'm coming to your town, officialbigdaddykane.com. Or you know, holler at me on Twitter OfficialBDK.
Khalil Thomas: There it is, OfficalBDK. Big Daddy Kane, A3C Iamclassichiphop.com, easy.