It's a Big Daddy Thing

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It's a Big Daddy Thing
ItsABigDaddyThing.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 19, 1989
Recorded1988–1989
GenreGolden age hip hop
Length76:32
LabelCold Chillin'/Reprise/Warner Bros. Records
25941
ProducerBig Daddy Kane, Marley Marl, Mister Cee, Prince Paul, Easy Mo Bee, Teddy Riley
Big Daddy Kane chronology
Long Live the Kane
(1988)
It's a Big Daddy Thing
(1989)
Taste of Chocolate
(1990)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau(B)[2]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[3]

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.

To date, it is his most successful effort commercially, certified gold by RIAA.[4]

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". Also, one of the songs in the album, "Wrath of Kane," appears in live performance taken from the Apollo Theater.

In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums.[5]

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.[6]

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

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleProducer(s)Length
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)Big Daddy Kane5:00
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.

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
position
UK Albums (OCC)[7] 37
US Billboard 200[8] 33
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[9] 4

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions[10]
U.S. Dance U.S. R&B U.S. Rap
1989 "Smooth Operator" 17 11 1
1989 "I Get the Job Done" 27 9

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[11] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "All Music Guide review". All Music Guide. Retrieved 2009-10-07.
  2. ^ "Robertchristgau.com review". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 2009-10-07.
  3. ^ "Rolling Stone review". Google books. Retrieved 2009-10-07.
  4. ^ "RIAA Searchable Database: Big Daddy Kane". RIAA.com. Retrieved 2009-10-07.
  5. ^ "Top 100 Best Rap Albums". Rocklist.net. Retrieved 2009-10-07.
  6. ^ "VH1's 100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs". prefixmag.com. Retrieved 2009-10-07.
  7. ^ "Big Daddy Kane | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved March 4, 2017.
  8. ^ "Big Daddy Kane Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved March 4, 2017.
  9. ^ "Big Daddy Kane Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved March 4, 2017.
  10. ^ "Big Daddy Kane singles charts". allmusicguide.com. Retrieved 2009-10-07.
  11. ^ "American album certifications – Big Daddy Kane – It's a Big Daddy Thing". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.