It's a Big Daddy Thing

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It's a Big Daddy Thing
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 19, 1989
GenreGolden age hip hop
Big Daddy Kane chronology
Long Live the Kane
It's a Big Daddy Thing
Taste of Chocolate
Singles from It's a Big Daddy Thing
  1. "Smooth Operator"
    Released: August 3, 1989
  2. "I Get the Job Done"
    Released: December 23, 1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
Robert Christgau(B)[3]
Rolling Stone[4]

It's a Big Daddy Thing is the second full-length album by American rapper Big Daddy Kane. It was released on September 19, 1989 by Cold Chillin' Records and Warner Bros. Records. Critics call it his best album by far.


Unlike his debut album, which was solely produced by Marley Marl, Kane himself produced the majority of the album. Production was also provided by Prince Paul, Easy Mo Bee, Teddy Riley, Mister Cee, as well as Marley Marl. In character with his first album and many other albums of the day, It's a Big Daddy Thing branches out into different styles, from battle rhymes to love ballads and more. His later posturing as a self-proclaimed ladies' man is somewhat foreshadowed by the hit song "Smooth Operator".

Even though "Wrath of Kane" had already been recorded & released on the "I'll Take You There" single, a decision was made to include a live performance taken from the Apollo Theater. The studio version has never been released on compact disc.

To date, it is his most successful effort commercially, certified gold by RIAA.[5]


In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums.[6]

In 2004, the song, "Warm it Up, Kane" appeared at classic hip hop radio station Playback FM, in the popular video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

In 2008, the single "I Get The Job Done" was ranked number 57 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.[7]

The track It's a Big Daddy Thing has sampled sound bit from ITC Entertainment ident.

Track listing[edit]

1."It's a Big Daddy Thing"Prince Paul3:23
2."Another Victory"Easy Mo Bee4:53
3."Mortal Combat"Big Daddy Kane5:24
4."Children R the Future"Big Daddy Kane4:00
5."Young, Gifted and Black"Marley Marl3:13
6."Smooth Operator"Big Daddy Kane4:44
7."Calling Mr. Welfare" (featuring DJ Red Alert)Easy Mo Bee4:25
8."Wrath of Kane" (Live)Marley Marl5:00
9."I Get the Job Done"Teddy Riley5:30
10."Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now"Prince Paul3:20
11."Pimpin' Ain't Easy" (featuring Nice & Smooth, Scoob Lover and Ant Live)Big Daddy Kane4:10
12."Big Daddy's Theme"Big Daddy Kane2:08
13."To Be Your Man" (featuring Blue Magic and Chuck Stanley)Big Daddy Kane5:45
14."The House That Cee Built" (featuring Mister Cee)Mister Cee5:28
15."On the Move" (featuring Scoob Lover and Scrap Lover)Big Daddy Kane5:20
16."Warm It Up, Kane"Big Daddy Kane4:11
17."Rap Summary (Lean On Me)" (Remix)Marley Marl5:15
Total length:1:16:32

Tracks 8 and 17 are omitted from the vinyl version.



Year Single Peak chart positions[12]
U.S. Dance U.S. R&B U.S. Rap
1989 "Smooth Operator" 17 11 1
1989 "I Get the Job Done" 27 9


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[13] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


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