The Scion iQ Project museum is proud to present its latest exhibit which takes a look at the life and accomplishments of hip-hop icon Big Daddy Kane; from his teenage years as a member of The Juice Crew, to his jump to solo stardom and street fashion pioneer. Hard but smooth, immaculately tailored but street-savvy. As went his music, so did his looks.
Hip-hop scholar Bill Adler once wrote that Kane was “one of the most striking-looking black achievers since Grace Jones.” Kane’s trademark high-top fade haircut made him an instantly recognizable icon. The video for Kane’s solo smash “Ain’t No Half Steppin” featured multiple outfit changes to display his fly threads: Kane in a shiny grey suit with salmon suspenders and a monstrous gold dookie rope; Kane in a red satin boxing robe with KANE stitched on the back; Kane disrobed and prone on a massage table getting attention from a honey. Nobody but nobody was rocking it like Kane.
Big Daddy Kane came onto the scene as original school hip-hop flowed in to its golden era. For most of the 1980s, hip-hop fashion was based on personal taste, cobbled from seemingly incompatible brands like British Walkers, Bill Blass, Lee, and Kangol. Back in the day when Kane performed live he’d have other rappers keep the crowd moving while he ran backstage to change outfits. A young Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter was one of the MCs Kane brought on tour for this purpose. Jay-Z wore a special jacket for the occasion. The back of the jacket did not say Hovah or Roc-A-Fella. It said, in giant gold letters, BIG DADDY KANE.
Watch the guided tour below, and visit the full exhibit on Scion iQ Project Museum to learn more.