Big Daddy Kane remembers the day he had enough.
His friend from Central Islip was always singing the praises of Patchogue’s Biz Markie to Kane, then an aspiring rapper himself.
“He would always say, ‘Aw, he said this funny rhyme about such and such,’ or ‘Oh, he rocked this party here,’ or ‘He did the human beatbox,’ ” Kane recalled. “One day he said, ‘My man Biz Markie is at Albee Square Mall now.’ And I said, ‘Look, let’s go find him and we battling. Then, you go tell this Biz dude about me from now on.’ ”
They found him at the downtown Brooklyn mall. They battled. Kane remembers Biz telling him, “You dope, man. We need to be a group. We should be together. . . . We can make a little money and one day we can make a record.”
“Sure enough, he made a record and when he got established he came and got me,” said Kane, adding how Biz Markie taught him how to hustle. “When we would do shows on Long Island, we would always end up there early and hang around in Coram or Brentwood to find someone to take us to the show and bring us back.”
It was the boost that launched his legendary career, filled with hip-hop classics like the single “Ain’t No Half Steppin’ ” in 1988 and his landmark album “It’s a Big Daddy Thing” in 1989.
Kane, who will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame at the museum’s gala at The Space at Westbury on Thursday by Public Enemy’s Chuck D, said he is honored to be part of the group. Growing up in Brooklyn, his family saw Long Island as something to aspire to. “That was looked at as the rich area,” he said. “Whenever we went to visit family there, I always had to have my good clothes on, my Easter clothes. . . . I have a lot of love for Long Island.”
It’s a testament to how well Kane carried out his plan to take hip-hop from the hood to the entire world — one that continues today, as he focuses more on acting, recently wrapping up work on a drama where he plays Lorenzo Lamas’ police captain. He begins filming a comedy about a couple mistakenly ending up at a swingers resort early next year.
“I wanted to be different,” he said. “I wanted to address everyone. I wanted to address the hood, but also the people that was getting money. I wanted to address the men and women, the kids and the adults.”
WHAT Long Island Music Hall of Fame Induction Gala
WHEN | WHERE 8:30 p.m. Thursday, The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury
INFO $95-$250; 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com