Hand picked records important to the history of Soul Strut.
Ranked #182 in the Soul Strut 200
Classic golden era rap debut that made just about every hip hop "best of" thread here on the Strut. Kane burst on to the scene in 1988 with a liquid flow that backed up his boastful intensity. His rhymes were accompanied by the raw deconstructed funk samples masterminded by producer Marly Marl making Long Live the Kane a genius first outing. Aside from the comically painful slow jam "The Day You're Mine", every track is a winner from the 80s rap staple "Aint No Half Steppin'" to the head nodding title cut. His sound would slowly get more and more polished after this record, eventually morphing into R&B territory.