Big Daddy Kane will headline the 2019 World Famous Hip-Hop Family Day, a four-day event capped by a festival on April 13 on Main Street in downtown Columbia. The seventh annual festival is expected to draw more than 16,000 people and is sponsored by Love, Peace & Hip-Hop, the city of Columbia and WellCare Healthy Connections.
Kane is a Grammy-winning artist who began his career as a New York battle rapper before joining Juice Crew with fellow rappers Marley Marl and Biz Markie. His 1988 debut album, “Long Live the Kane,” featured the hits “Ain’t No Half Steppin” and “Raw.”
“Big Daddy Kane is of the most profound lyricists of all time — hard enough for the fellas and smooth enough for the ladies, with second-to-none showmanship,” Love, Peace & Hip-Hop founder and executive director FatRat Da Czar said in a new release. “We’d attempted to secure him for the festival two other times, but the third time is the charm.”
“Kane,” an acronym for King Asiatic Nobody's Equal Kane, comes from the rapper’s fascination with martial arts films as a youth, while “Big Daddy” comes from the name of a character Vincent Price played in the 1963 film Beach Party.
World Famous Hip-Hop Family Day was founded in 2013. MC Lyte headlined the festival last year.