Post By Simone Graham
On November 3, The Long Island Music Hall of Fame (LIMHF) held their sixth induction ceremony and fundraising gala at The Space- Westbury Theater. The event celebrated the musical talents of Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk County. The evening was filled with tremendous excitement at the LIMHF in recognition of Long Island’s musical heritage and commitment to supporting music education.
The honorees inducted at this years ceremony included legendary music executive Charles Koppelman, Guitarist Steve Vai, Singer/ Song writer Garland Jefferys, Film Composer Carter Burwell, Instrumentalist Santo & Johnny, Jazz specialist Vince Giordano, and Westbury Music Fair.
Although a wide range of musicians, composers and executives were inducted, Big Daddy Kane seemed to stand out. He brought his own unique views on the history and current culture of the music world.
Honoree and Grammy-Award winning MC Big Daddy Kane was presented by rapper Chuck D, the leader and founder of rap group Public Enemy. Kane was overjoyed and all smiles to be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.
He stated that his connection with Chuck D stemmed from musical collaborations, such as albums and songs with Public Enemy. For example, “Burn Hollywood Burn,” featured Kane and west coast rapper Ice Cube.
“We’ve always been friends throughout the years,” Kane said. “We’ll get on the phone and talk for an hour in a half about society, music and getting old.”
Kane also stated how thrilled he is to still hear the hype and party element in todays Hip-Hop.
“The party feel is still present and strong,” Kane said. “Most things have changed, but people still love to dance and hear that song that’ll make em go, Yo that’s that Sh**”
Kane, as a Brooklyn native, did not hold back when expressing his personal views of how the east coast never really lost its sound. However, Hip-Hip evolved and reached different regions of the world.
“What I saw with Hip-Hop was a lot of artists who had a unique style,” said Kane. “I enjoyed that west coast flava that came from Dr. Dre, Eazy E and Snoop Dogg. “I enjoyed southern Hip-Hop that came from Lil Wayne, Juvenille and even those who came before them, like Outkast. They all added their own different swag to Hip-Hop.”
The Hip-Hop veteran then stated how record executives have now formed a new definition of the Hip-Hop genre. He also expressed how happy he was to see the younger generation of MC’s prosper. Yet, they still pay the price of losing creative rights when composing musical projects.
“I’m so happy to see the younger generation of today making so much money and finding success in music, ” said Kane. “But I think a lot of artists have lost that creative control.
Kane continued to complain about the control record label executives have and how it hurts the music.
“Back in the 80’s Hip-Hop was brand new”, “But now you have exec’s who grew up in Hip-Hop that now call the shots–that say nah we need the artist to do this, we need you [the artist] to make a song like this. Then you run on your radio and you hear one 24 hour song, cause it all starts sounding the same and it becomes a trend.”
Kane concluded his remarks about the cost of sticking to common trend.
“Every artist that follows and falls in with that trend, eventually that trend fades,” “And, as it fades they fade because they never gave anybody anything organic. They never had a piece of you [the artist]”.
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