Hip-hop veterans including DJ Mister Cee, Doug E. Fresh, Marley Marl, Fly Ty, Biz Markie, Roxanne Shante, MC Lyte and Masta Ace gathered to pay tribute the legendary Big Daddy Kane.
By Yaw Asare Aboagye
Bed-Stuy's own, hip-hop legend Big Daddy Kane celebrated the 30th anniversary of his debut album "Long Live the Kane" with a free performance on Wednesday, June 20, at the Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island.
The show featured several other notables from the golden age of hip-hop: DJ Mister Cee, Doug E. Fresh, Little Vicious, Grandmaster Caz, Marley Marl, Fly Ty, Biz Markie, Roxanne Shante, Renee of Zhane, MC Lyte, Parrish Smith of EMPD, M.O.P., Chubb Rock, Milk D of Audio Two, Divine Sounds, Ecstasy of Whodini, Masta Ace and Craig G.
The artists celebrated their friendship and paid respect to the Grammy Award-winning hip-hop icon. In 1988, Big Daddy Kane stunned the public with his debut album "Long Live the Kane" which also featured "Ain't No Half-Steppin," ranked 25 in Rolling Stone's list of "The Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time."
The concert concluded with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams announcing that Big Daddy Kane would be inducted into the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Celebrity Path, Brooklyn's Walk of Fame.
The show at the Ford Amphitheater was part of the SummerStage 2018 concert series organized each year by the City Parks Foundation. The City Park Foundation conducts events through New York City's five boroughs which including free arts, sports, education and community building programs.