Highly praiseworthy in the name of Hip-Hop, Big Daddy Kane will be inducted into the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Garden Celebrity Path and will also receive the key to the New York City borough of Brooklyn on Sunday (June 24).
Born Antonio Hardy, the Smooth Operator’s rap moniker will be engraved along the esteemed path during a ceremony, which stretches from Flatbush to Washington Avenue right along the newly refurbished Eastern Parkway.
The Bed-Stuy born emcee has been heralded as one of the greatest lyricists to reign out of the adored NYC borough, especially amid Hip-Hop most defining era, the Golden Era. His 1988 solo debut Long Live the Kane, which just celebrated its 30th anniversary stood as an eccentric game changer for the Hip-Hop emcee. King Asiatic Nobody’s Equal is his name and he stepped into the game with a flow so smooth, articulate, and rapid showcasing the multidimensional range of the profound rapper. He has mastered the art of showmanship, which still remains evident in his live performances today, by incorporating traditional crowd participation and dance routines (Scoob and Scrap) heightening the anti of a rapper’s longevity into global prestige. Bound to fellow lyrical masters, he is also a prominent member of Classic Hip-Hop collective the Juice Crew where he joins the likes of Roxanne Shante, MC Shan, Biz Markie, Kool G Rap, Craig G, Masta Ace, and Intelligent Hoodlum (Tragedy Khadafi) as true architects of the late ’80s phenomenon.
Kane’s stamp on the Brooklyn Botanic’s Celebrity Path will join the likes of renowned artist the late Jean-Michael Basquiat and Fabolous, who are both of Brooklyn origin. Congratulations to Big Daddy Kane for an honor respectfully deserved.
Check out how the Hip-Hop legend still got it in his recent freestyle on Funk Flex with DJ Mister Cee, below!