Big Daddy Kane talked about Eminem and first hearing Slim Shady during an interview with HipHopDX’s Jeremy Hecht at the 2023 BET Awards red carpet.
Interviewer: I know you got the documentary coming and it seems like you really going deep into not only the history that you’ve impacted but the history of hip-hop as a whole. Is there something that surprised you or that you learned from doing those interviews?
Big Daddy Kane: Yeah. The interview with Eminem was very very intense. He mentioned some things that I guess I never really paid attention to or even thought about. I had to really sit and say ‘you sure that I’m the first person who did that?! Hold on, let me double check.’ He mentioned some things that I never really thought about it or I even paid attention to.
Interviewer: When you first heard Eminem, do you remember where you were?
Big Daddy Kane: Honestly, the first time I heard Eminem was Slim Shady. Somebody else played something that he was on before and let me hear. I was like ‘yo, he is nice! he’s nice and he’s funny.’ And then when I heard him get real super lyrical, I was like ‘oh, nah, this dude is a problem. he’s dope.’
Interviewer: Did it take a while to get that interview? You know, he does not come out of his house very often.
Big Daddy Kane: Nah, I mean, actually, we reached out and we got word back probably a week or two.
Big Daddy Kane has finalized a forthcoming Netflix documentary titled Paragraphs I Manifest. As the title suggests, the film focuses on the art of emceeing and feature several high-profile interviews with some of the most prolific rappers in Hip Hop, including Eminem, Jay-Z, J. Cole, Common and others.