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The 50 Greatest Sophomore Albums in Hip-Hop History

19. Big Daddy Kane, It's a Big Daddy Thing (1989)

Label: Cold Chillin', Reprise, Warner Bros.

As with the rest of the Juice Crew, Big Daddy Kane had to fend for himself in the studio following the departure of Marley Marl from Cold Chillin'. Turns out there was no shortage of talented producers eager to assist one of the leading MCs of the era, as Prince Paul, Easy Moe Bee and Teddy Riley all lent their talents to It's a Big Daddy Thing. Kane even stepped behind the boards himself with solid results, resulting in classics like "Smooth Operator" and "Warm It Up, Kane." The highlight is a live recording of BDK performing "Wrath of Kane" as the Apollo crowd collectively loses their shit while Kane rips through his lyrics of fury.

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