Long Live the KaneÂ wass the debut album byÂ Big Daddy Kane, released byÂ Cold Chillin’ RecordsÂ on June 21, 1988. It was produced byÂ Marley MarlÂ and established both as premier artists duringÂ hip hop’s golden age. Kane displayed his unique rapping technique while covering topics including love (“I’ll Take You There”), Afrocentricity (“Word to the Mother(Land)”) and his rapping prowess (“Set It Off”). Marley Marl and Big Daddy Kane display a sparse production style – creating beats with fast-paced drums and lightly utilizedÂ James BrownÂ samples.
Four singles were released in promotion of Kane’s first album: ‘Raw/Word to the Mother (Land),’ ‘Ain’t No Half-Steppin’/Get Into It,’ ‘I’ll Take You There/Wrath of Kane’ and ‘Set It Off/Get Into It,’ The most commercially successful of these singles were “Ain’t No Half-Steppin'”, which reached #53 on theÂ Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & TracksÂ chart, and “I’ll Take You There”, which reached #73 on the same chart, but also peaked at #21 on theÂ Hot Rap SinglesÂ chart. The other two singles did not chart, but “Raw” and “Set It Off” popularized Big Daddy Kane’s high-speed style and abundant use ofÂ word play. “Raw” and “Ain’t No Half Steppin'” are both described as “undergroundÂ sensation[s]” and “classic[s]” by Allmusic’s Steve Huey. ‘Raw’ does not appear onÂ Long Live the Kane, but a remix which utilizes the same beat does.