It's a Big Daddy Thing

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It's a Big Daddy Thing
Studio album by Big Daddy Kane
Released September 19, 1989
Recorded 1988–1989
Genre Golden age hip hop
Length 76:32
Label Cold Chillin'/Reprise/Warner Bros. Records
Producer Big Daddy Kane, Marley Marl, Mister Cee, Prince Paul, Easy Mo Bee, Teddy Riley
Big Daddy Kane chronology
Long Live the Kane
(1988)Long Live the Kane1988
It's a Big Daddy Thing
Taste of Chocolate
(1990)Taste of Chocolate1990
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (B)[2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 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]

Track listing[edit]

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



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


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


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

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


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  2. ^ " review". Retrieved 2009-10-07. 
  3. ^ "Rolling Stone review". Google books. Retrieved 2009-10-07. 
  4. ^ "RIAA Searchable Database: Big Daddy Kane". Retrieved 2009-10-07. 
  5. ^ "Top 100 Best Rap Albums". Retrieved 2009-10-07. 
  6. ^ "VH1's 100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs". 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". 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