In September of 1989, Big Daddy Kane released his sophomore album, It's A Big Daddy Thing, the follow up to his critically-acclaimed debut album, Long Live The Kane. Although he lightly covered social issues on his debut album, It's A Big Daddy Thing saw Kane explore more socio-political issues and incorporate a broader production palette adding Prince Paul, Easy Mo Bee, and Teddy Riley as producers on the project.
"Smooth Operator" is the lead single from It's A Big Daddy Thing. Produced by Kane and driven by a loop of "All Night Long" by The Mary Jane Girls, Kane revisits the lessons that he gave the competition on his signature classic "Ain't No Half Steppin'." "Smooth Operator" reached number one on the newly formed Billboard Hot Rap Singles chart and also reached #11 and #17 on the R&B and dance charts. The singles b- side is the equally popular "Warm It Up Kane," also produced by Kane. The uptempo tune has become a fan favorite with his chanted hook and clever lyrics which are a Kane signature.
Kane confidently spits, "Come, get some, you little bum/ I take the cake but you can't get a crumb/ from the poetic, authentic, superior, ultimate, and all that good shit/ I'm the original, Asiatic, acrobatic there you have it, now get dramatic/ creatin' drama when I'm on the scene and I pack em in mean, like Bruce Springsteen/ I profile a style that's mild and meanwhile/ put on trial a rap pile to exile/ make you tumble and stumble in a rumble just crumble/ and I'm still calm and humble."
"I Get The Job Done" is the second single from It's A Big Daddy Thing. The Teddy Riley-produced single, which features Kane bragging of his sexual prowess, received heavy primetime FM radio play, and reached #9 on the Billboard US Rap chart and #27 on US R&B.
"Calling Mr. Welfare," "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now," "Children R The Future," and "Another Victory" tackle social issues such as the use and abuse of government assistance, the importance of the next generation and cautionary tales, and the consequences of not uniting.
"Mortal Combat" remains one of Kane's most celebrated songs, and one of the best showcases of his lyrical greatness with rhymes like: "The kiss of death on a rap pick/and you get a slap quick, so guard it with chapstick/in other words, protect and hold your own/it only takes one punch to get the head flown/fists of fury, suckers get buried/cause the Kane got more spice than curry/I add the flavor down on paper/and nothing could save ya, from catchin' the vapors/rhymes that'll sting your face like a quick jab/and I'm rubbin' em in just like Vicks/captivatin, dominatin, innovatin, illustratin, fascinatin'/motivatin, elevatin, terminatin, mutilatin'/rhymes they're worth their weight in/gold, bold, never sold to a bidder/they gleam and glitter, yours are bitter like kitty litter."
It's A Big Daddy Thing was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and is Kane's most successful album in terms of sales. The album also remains a favorite among fans, and a project that still holds up today.