WASHINGTON, D.C. - This week's Opening Act was Big Daddy Kane, a Grammy-award winning rapper with several gold albums. Kane was the first rapper to ever hold not one but two sold out shows at the world famous Apollo Theater for women only.
Kane brought lyrical ingenuity and innovative live performances to the hip-hop genre. These lives performances, which consisted of theatrics, choreography and tailored costumes proved that Big Daddy Kane was not only an M.C., he was a full entertainer. Kane revolutionized hip-hop fashion and the way hip-hop shows were performed. As a powerful figure in the rap game, Kane has collaborated with many artists such as Kool G Rap, Masta Ace and Craig G on the Marley Marl produced “Symphany.”
Kane performed at this year's Emancipation Day celebration at Freedom Plaza. The DC Compensated Emancipation Act of 1862 ended slavery in Washington, DC, freed 3,100 individuals, reimbursed those who had legally owned them and offered the newly freed women and men money to emigrate. It is this legislation, and the courage and struggle of those who fought to make it a reality, that the District commemorates every April 16, DC Emancipation Day.