Ain't No Half-Steppin'

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"Ain't No Half-Steppin'" is a 1988 hip-hop song written and performed by American rapper Big Daddy Kane. Released as a single from Kane's debut album Long Live the Kane, it peaked at No. 53 on the Billboard Hot Black Singles chart. The song samples "Ain't No Half Steppin'" by Heatwave and "Blind Alley" by The Emotions. In 2012, Rolling Stone ranked "Ain't No Half-Steppin'" No. 25 on its list of The 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time.


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Rappers stepping to me they want to get some 
But I'm the Kane, so yo, you know the outcome 
Another victory 
They can't get with me 
So pick a BC date cause you're history 
I'm the authentic poet to get lyrical 
For you to beat me, it's gonna take a miracle 
And, stepping to me, yo that's the wrong move 
So what you on, Hobbs, dope or dog food? 
Competition I just devour 
Like a pitbull against a Chihuahua 
Cause when it comes to being dope, hot damn 
I got it good, now let me tell you who I am 
The be	-I-G D-A-double D-why K-A-N-E 
Dramatic, Asiatic, not like many 
I'm different, so don't compare me to another 
Cause they can't hang, word to the mother 
At least not with the principal in this pedigree 
So when I roll on you rappers, you better be 
Ready to die because you're petty 
You're just a butter knife, I'm a machete 
That's made by Ginzu, wait until when you 
Try to front, so I can chop into 
Your body, just because you try to be basing 
Friday the 13th, I'mma play Jason 
No type of joke, gag, game, puzzle or riddle 
The name is Big Daddy, yes Big not little 
So define it 
Here's your walking papers, sign it 
And take a walk 
As the Kane start to talk, 'cause

Ain't no half-steppin' 
I'm the Big Daddy Kane 
Ain't no half-steppin' 
I'm the Big Daddy Kane 
Ain't no half-steppin' 
I'm the Big Daddy Kane 
My rhymes are so dope and 
The rappers be hoping 
To sound like me, so soon I'll have to open 
A school of MCing, for those who want to be in 
My field in court 
Then again on second thought 
To have MC's coming out sounding so similar 
It's quite confusing for you to remember 
The originator, and boy do I hate a 
Perpetrator, but I'm much greater 
The best oh yes I guess suggest the rest should fess 
Don't mess or test your highness 
Unless you just address with best finesse 
And bless the paragraph I manifest 
Rap prime minister, some say sinister 
Non-stopping the groove, until when it's the 
Climax, and I max, relax and chill 
Have a break from a take of me acting ill 
Brain cells are lit, ideas start to hit 
Next the formation of words that fit 
At the table I sit, making it legit 
And when my pen hits the paper, ahh shit! 
I stop and stand strong over MC's 
And devour with the power of Hercules 
Or Samson, but I go further the length 
Cause you could scalp my cameo and I'll still have strength 
And no, that's not a myth, and if you try to riff 
Or get with, the man with the given gift of gab 
Your vocab, I'll only ignore 
Be sleeping on your rhymes till I start to snore 
You can't awake me, or even make me 
Fear you, son, cause you can't do me none 
So, think about it if you're trying to go 
When you want to step to me, I think you should know that

Ain't no half-steppin' 
I'm the Big Daddy Kane 
Ain't no half-steppin' 
I'm the Big Daddy Kane 
Ain't no half-steppin' 
I'm the Big Daddy Kane 

I appear right here and scare and dare 
A mere musketeer that would dare to compare 
Put him in the rear, back there where he can't see clear 
Get a beer, idea or near stare, yeah 
So on to be want to be competition 
Trying to step to me--must be on a mission 
Up on the stage is where I'mma get you at 
You think I'm losing? 
Psst, picture that... 

Ain't no half-steppin' 
Ain't no half-steppin' 
Ain't no half-steppin' 

Mister Cee, step to me... 

The name is Big Daddy, you know, as in your father 
So when you hear a def rhyme, believe that I'm the author 
I grab the mic and make MC's evaporate 
The party people say, damn...that rapper's great 
The creator conductor of poetry 
Et cetera, et cetera, it ain't easy being me 
I speak clearly so you can understand 
Put words together like letter, man 
Now that's dictation, proceeding to my innovation 
Not like the other MC's, who are an imitation 
Or an animation, a cartoon to me 
But when I'm finished, I'm sure that you are soon to see 
Reality, my secret technique 
Because I always speak with mentality 
I put my title in your face, dare you to base 
And if you try and come get it, yo I'mma show you who's with it 
So if you know like I know, instead of messing around 
Play like Roy Rogers and slooow doown 
Just give yourself a break, or someone else will take 
Your title, namely me, cause I'm homicidal 
That means murder, cause I'm about to hurt a- 
Nother MC, that try to get with me 
I'll just break him and bake him and rake him 
and take him and mold him and make him 
Hold up the peace sign... 
Assalam Walaikum!

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Big Daddy Kane

Antonio Hardy (born September 10, 1968) better known by his stage name Big Daddy Kane, is a Grammy Award-winning American rapper who started his career in 1986 as a member of the rap group the Juice Crew. He is widely considered to be one of the most influential and skilled MCs in hip hop. Regarding the name Big Daddy Kane, he said: "The Big Daddy part and the Kane part came from two different things. The Kane part came from my fascination with the martial arts flicks when I was young." The Big Daddy part came from the name of a character Vincent Price played in the film Beach Party. more »

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Written by: Antonio Hardy, Rodney Lynn Temperton

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