Few MCs have earned the elite distinction of the legendary Big Daddy Kane, who receives props whether he's spewing fire lyricism on classics like "Raw" or laid-back R&B offerings including "Smooth Operator." Add spoken word to his repertoire.
As a member of the new group Las Supper, a 1970's styled soul group blessed with the Brooklyn rapper's gift of gab, Kane takes a break from his usual raps to provide the poetic introduction on the song "I Can't Believe."
The song describes three unbelievable scenarios that have played out in the inner-city – gang initiation-related murders, unprotected sex with the intent to spread HIV, and dumping a handicapped newborn baby in a trash bin.
Big Daddy Kane doesn't make excuses for the actions, but calls out the community's ills.
"I want to talk to you for a minute about my hood," BDK says in his conversational flow. "Where we seem to do things all wrong."
He complains about focusing on materialism. "We lie, cheat and pretend," he rhymes, "'Cause we so worried about what we could put rims on, as opposed to what we could put furniture in."
Kane attributes part of the problem to a "slave mentality." "Seems like they republished 'Willie Lynch' and in the hood it's become the best seller," he raps.
Then he closes with spin on a popular cliché. "It's like the cost of living is going up, and the chance of living is going down," he says.
Aside from Kane's verse that rides through the first 1 minute and 26 seconds of the 3-in-a-half minute song, the band jams with a thematic track fit for movie score. There are jazzy pianos, string bass, violins, strong vocal leads from Show Tyme and Nicky Cake, and the most ridiculously good, operatic backgrounds from Yahzarah, who has performed with Erykah Badu and The Foreign Exchange.
This is just one gem from the Las Supper album, Back To The Future, released this week.