Taste of Chocolate

Known as ”The Smooth Operator,” Big Daddy Kane is rap’s premier lady-killer, and on his third album, Taste of Chocolate, he tries to further this reputation by doing a duet with jumbo-size ’70s sex symbol Barry White. The result is ”All of Me,” a sappy, string-laden ballad done in White’s deep-voiced, spoken-word style. Fortunately, other cuts, like ”It’s Hard Being the Kane” and ”Keep ‘Em on the Floor,” are more in the trademark Kane vein of streetwise rapid-fire raps coupled with laid-back, brass-spiced rhythm tracks. Kane isn’t pop-star material like M.C. Hammer, and he doesn’t expand the genre’s horizons like De La Soul. But as a meat-and-potatoes rapper he’s close to the best meal in town. Afrocentric without being didactic, loaded with sex appeal but not misogynistic, tough but not a thug, he’s got enough gall to trade salty insults with comedian Rudy Ray Moore (on the album’s funniest track, ”Big Daddy vs. Dolemite”), and enough respect to give up when the foul-mouthed old- timer puts him in his place. The vapid Barry White duet and the uncharacteristically wounded tone of ”Mr. Pitiful” notwithstanding, this is the solid but fresh fare Kane’s fans have come to expect. B

Taste of Chocolate
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