Big Daddy Kane Celebrates 20 Years Tonight In New York

Big Daddy Kane is extending an open invitation to New Yorkers to come help him commemorate his 20-year Hip-Hop career tonight (November 14). The Brooklyn legend and New York entertainment firm Lyrics To Go are organizing a star-studded event that will include a rare live performance by Kane himself.

The event will be held at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill and will be hosted by comedian and Kiss FM on-air personality Talent, with sounds provided by guest DJs Mister Cee and Biz Markie.

For his actual performance, Kane will reunite with Connie Price and the Keystones, the live band with which he toured in 2007, as part of the Scion Live Metro tour.

Big Daddy Kane also promises several celebrity surprises during the performance.

The celebration comes just a few months past the 20th anniversary of the June 1988 release of Kane's Cold Chillin' Records debut Long Live The Kane.

The album, which yielded the hit single "Ain't No Half Steppin'," was proclaimed one of the top 20 albums of 1988 by Spin Magazine and one of the top 100 Best Rap Albums by The Source.

Long Live The Kane, which was produced entirely by Marley Marl, has been sampled and referenced by a multitude of pioneering artists in their own rights including Pete Rock & CL Smooth, AZ, Gang Starr, the Beastie Boys, RZA, The Notorious B.I.G. and Nas.

The following year, Kane released his biggest commercial success to date, It's a Big Daddy Thing, which included the hits "Warm It Up Kane," "I Get The Job Done," and "Smooth Operator."

Four more studio albums came before the 1998 release of his last album to date, Veteranz Day.

Kane, who celebrated his 40th birthday in September, returned to the world of touring and recording following his inclusion in the 2005 class of VH1 Hip-Hop Honors.

This career milestone will mark another surge of public activity for Kane, possibly culminate in the release of a new album.

"They haven't heard from me in a while," Kane said in a statement. “But I will be back on the big screens doing bigger and better things so definitely keep watching."