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Legendary Bed-Stuy rapper Big Daddy Kane performs outside former Albee Square Mall - Brooklyn Paper

Legendary Bed-Stuy rapper Big Daddy Kane performs outside former Albee Square Mall

Long live the Kane: Bedford-Stuyvesant native Big Daddy Kane helped the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership celebrate 10 years in the business with a special performance in Albee Square on Friday.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

He got the job done!

Legendary Bedford-Stuyvesant-born rapper Big Daddy Kane entertained shoppers and commuters with a free show on Fulton Mall on Friday, and the wordsmith showed off just as much charisma as when he used to spit his rhymes in rap battles in Kings County’s streets, according to organizers.

“He put on a great show, the guy more than still has it,” said Andrew Kalish of local business group Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, which organized the show to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

Hundreds of people turned out for the outdoor party, according to Kalish, which took place just a stone’s throw away from where Big Daddy first battled his longtime collaborator Biz Markie outside Albee Square Mall.

The bash also featured graffiti artists creating new works, a hip-hop dancing workshop, and a sneaker design contest — harkening back to the block’s days a hub of hip-hop culture.

And Kane hasn’t forgotten his roots — the Grammy winner was very humble and spent plenty of time chatting with fans, according to Kalish.

The Bloomberg administration created the Partnership in 2006 to cheer new businesses and development Downtown, after upzoning the neighborhood in 2004 to spur a high-rise building boom.

Developers in 2007 razed Albee Square Mall — which Biz Markie memorialized in a 1988 song — and a swanky new shopping plaza called City Point is slated to open there soon.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at lgill@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Rap royalty: Fans young and old couldn’t get enough of Big Daddy.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

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