Big Daddy Kane Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Akinwalere Olaleye
Nov 10, 2023 By Akinwalere Olaleye
Originally Published on May 20, 2022
As an actor, Big Daddy Kane debuted in Mario Van Peeble's Western, Posse and Meteor Man.
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About Big Daddy Kane

Big Daddy Kane is the stage name for Antonio Hardy.
He is an actor and rapper from the United States who began his career in the entertainment industry in the middle of the '80s. He rose to prominence as a member of the rap group 'Juice Crew', swiftly becoming one of hip hop's most influential and proficient emcees.
Antonio Hardy was born in Brooklyn, New York, on September 10, 1968. He created his stage name by combining two elements. The 'Kane' originated from his childhood passion for martial arts films, and the 'Big Daddy' came from an incident involving a young woman that occurred on a ski vacation. According to most recent reports, he currently stays in Brooklyn.

Big Daddy Kane Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Big Daddy Kane’s net worth?

Big, an American rapper, and actor, is estimated to have a net worth of $450,000, as of 2022.

How much does Big Daddy Kane earn per year?

No information was found related to the annual salary of Big Daddy Kane.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Big Daddy Kane?

Big Daddy Kane stands 6 ft (183 cm) tall.

How old is Big Daddy Kane?

Big Daddy Kane is 53 years old.

Childhood And Education

Big Daddy Kane came into the world on September 10, 1968. He was raised in Brooklyn's Bed-Stuy neighborhood. He is the older brother of Little Daddy Shane. The September-born rapper attended Sarah J. Hale High School.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Big Daddy Kane’s partner?

Shawnette Hardy and Kane got married on May 1, 2010, and they have two children: Lamel and Tasheem.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

'It's a Big Daddy Thing', Kane's second album and biggest hit to date was released in 1989, with a '70s sample of nostalgics like 'Smooth Operator' and Teddy Riley-produced tune 'I Get The Job Done'. He also had a noteworthy stanza on the Marley Marl-produced tune 'The Symphony,' which was released in late 1988. Patti LaBelle's 1991 album 'Burnin'' included Big Daddy Kane. In the tune 'Feels Like Another One,' he provided the rap chorus. 
He wrote the song 'Nuff Respect' for Ernest Dickerson's feature film debut Juice, starring Tupac Shakur and Omar Epps, showcasing his quick lyrical delivery. He made his acting debut in Mario Van Peebles' Posse and in Robert Townsend's 'The Meteor Man' in 1993.
'Veteranz' Day', his final solo album, was released in 1998. It received mediocre reviews and did not perform well in the marketplace. Kane, on the other hand, did not stop rapping and made numerous appearances in the 2000s.
The Grammy award-winning rapper, Kane is noted for his skill to syncopate on quicker hip hop beats, and despite his asthma, he is considered one of the founding masters of fast rhyming since he was a part of Juice Crew. His fashion sense is legendary, and he pioneered a variety of ’80s to ’90s hip hop fads. His title is commonly referred to as 'King Asiatic Nobody's Equal'. During the 'golden age' of hip hop (1986–1993), he was widely recognized as one of the best rappers.
Kane met Biz Markie in 1984 and went on to produce some of Biz's most well-known lyrics. They ultimately rose to prominence in the 'Juice Crew', a Queens-based collective. Kane partnered with Tyrone Williams and Cold Chillin' Records label in 1987 and made his debut with the underground hit 'Raw' the following year. Long Live the Kane, his debut album released in the early summer of 1988 on Cold Chillin' Records, featured the smash 'Ain't No Half-Steppin'.'
Kane collaborated on 'Too Late Playa' a rap song with Tupac Shakur and MC Hammer in 1995. In 1996, he was said to be partnering with Death Row East. On his third song, 'The Cypher Part 3,' Kane partnered with Frankie Cutlass and some Juice Crew vets in 1997.
Kane, along with Kool G Rap and KRS-One, participated in Tony Touch's 'The Piece Maker' mixtape in 2000. Kane worked with a range of hip-hop musicians, including A Tribe Called Quest, Little Brother, and Jurassic 5 on occasion. He recorded two singles, 'The Man, The Icon,' produced by Alchemist, and 'Any Type of Way,' produced by DJ Premier, on which he talks about the urban breakdown in post-9/11 New York City and the dissolution of the middle class.
Big Daddy Kane was featured on Morcheeba's single 'What's Your Name' in 2003. Big Daddy Kane was awarded the VH1 Hip-Hop Honors, in 2005.
He made an appearance as a guest MC on the Stanton Warriors' track 'Get Wild Off This' on their Stanton Sessions Vol. 2 breaks mix in 2006. He also performed in a piece of the 2006 Summer Jam performance on June 7, 2006, as an initiative to salute the legacy of New York City hip-hop. On the mixtape compilation, 'Official Joints' in 2007, a new track called 'BK Mentality' was released.
Kane was also included in Joell Ortiz's mixtape 'The Brick: Bodega Chronicles'. He makes a cameo appearance in rapper The Game's 2008 video for 'Game's Pain'. Raekwon, Three 6 Mafia, and Ice Cube all made appearances in the video. He also appeared on Busta Rhymes' remix of 'Don't Touch Me.' Kane also starred as Clay in the film 'Just Another Day' in 2009. MA Doom: Son of Yvonne, the collaboration between MF Doom and Masta Ace, features Big Daddy Kane on one tune.
Kane was approached to establish a band called 'Las Supper' by New York City power trio Lifted Crew and R&B vocalist Showtyme in 2013. The project has a traditional hip hop and R&B flavor. On March 26, 2013, the album 'Back to the Future' was released. Kane released the tune 'Enough' in June 2020, which was designed to highlight issues surrounding police violence.

Charity Work

Big Daddy Kane has been a part of many charitable organizations and loves to give back to the community. On July 29, 2011, he performed at the Woodstars Charity Concert in Maywood, Illinois. He has also signed up to play in the 'Hip-Hop World Series' to raise money for charity.

What awards has Big Daddy Kane won?

Kane earned a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 1991 for his contribution to the Quincy Jones duet 'Back on the Block.' MTV ranked him seventh among the 'Greatest MCs of All Time.'

Other Interesting Big Daddy Kane Facts And Trivia

  • Kane was featured on Patti LaBelle's 1991 album 'Burnin'.' In the tune 'Feels Like Another One,' he delivered the rap chorus. Kane also made an appearance in the video 'Live in New York.'
  • The song 'Warm It Up, Kane' was used in the video game series Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and was broadcast on the vintage hip hop radio station in 2004.

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Big Daddy Kane Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Antonio Hardy

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183 cm

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Shawnette Hardy


Little Daddy Shane

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Written by Akinwalere Olaleye

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English Literature

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Akinwalere OlaleyeBachelor of Arts specializing in English Literature

As a highly motivated, detail-oriented, and energetic individual, Olaleye's expertise lies in administrative and management operations. With extensive knowledge as an Editor and Communications Analyst, Olaleye excels in editing, writing, and media relations. Her commitment to upholding professional ethics and driving organizational growth sets her apart. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of Benin, Edo State. 

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