Thirty-five years ago, Marley Marl released “The Symphony.” In 1988, the Cold Chillin’ Records single became a juggernaut for the Juice Crew’s expansion. It included Marley on production, with ear-grabbing verses from Big Daddy Kane, Kool G Rap, Craig G, and Masta Ace. At a time when Roxanne Shanté, Biz Markie, and MC Shan were already established, the In Control, Vol. 1 video single showed the range and depth of one of Hip-Hop’s incredible crews.
Appearing on Drink Champs for a second time in five years, Big Daddy Kane is asked if he considers “The Symphony” to be Hip-Hop’s greatest posse cut. At 2:31:30, the Brooklyn, New Yorker affirms, “I think so. I think so. [The] only reason I say that is because when I think of my favorites…”
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As Kane speaks, N.O.R.E. interrupts the guest to ask him of his favorites. Kane pulls two to add to his own classic. “Like, [EPMD, K-Solo, and Redman’s] ‘Headbanger.’” He then points to 2000’s “You, Me, Him, And Her” by JAY-Z featuring The Dynasty. Over the Bink! production, The Dynasty: Roc La Familia album cut features Jay, Memphis Bleek, Beanie Sigel, and Amil. He also returns to his own standard. “Yeah,” when I think about it, the reason that I’d go with ‘The Symphony’ is because I think that everybody on there spit fire.”