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Big Daddy Kane brings it home

Nayaba Arinde | 10/17/2013, 1:39 p.m.
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Kane told the AmNews, “I think artists now are more focused on making money as opposed to making a great product. I don’t think anyone is really doing anything to make their base want to dress like them, want to talk like them, look like them or even want to download their entire, whole project. I think they’d rather just grab whatever the hot single is and keep it moving.”

Who is to blame, Kane? Who is to blame?

“I think the blame lies with both, but more so the industry. The blame lies with the artist to a degree, but it’s like for the artist to say, ‘I want to make quality music,’ might mean that he may have to sacrifice his career or get no major push behind his project, because they are only looking for certain material. So I think the change really needs to come from the radio, social media and all that stuff with trying to promote more positive music. It happens, but not necessarily on a large scale.

“There’s Centric network, Okayplayers and other different outlets trying to promote good quality music, but you don’t see it on a large scale … you don’t see it on your radio stations; you don’t see it on MTV or BET or anything like that.”

Asked who he does like though, Kane said simply, “I like Slaughterhouse and the battle rappers off of YouTube, like Lux Goodz, Conceited and Pat Stay.”

Kane tours, he’s got his band, and now with this show under his belt—if he ever was away—King Asiatic is back.

The seventh annual Restoration Rocks! music festival, like the Mos Def and the Brooklyn Philharmonic show a year or so ago, was such a fun-filled, family-friendly, peaceful and uplifting event. There were vendors selling clothes, food and jewelery. There were several information tables pushing everything from Black recruitment into the FDNY, to the anti-gun violence Chris S. Owens Foundation, to last Sunday’s Bed-Stuy 10K race.

The event was promoted by April Silver of Akila Worksongs and Tracey Capers, Restoration’s executive vice president of programs and organizational development. Launched in 2007, Restoration Rocks! seeks to highlight and celebrate the rich, artistic legacy that Bedford-Stuyvesant is renowned for. The festival kicked off the Bed Stuy Alive! week of events (www.bed-stuyalive.org). Its theme this year is “Live Healthy. Live Well. Live Green.”