In a recent Idea Generation interview with Noah Callahan-Bever, rap legend Big Daddy Kane reminisced about a memorable studio session with the late funk icon Rick James, shedding light on their collaboration for the 1988 track “Loosey’s Rap” alongside Roxanne Shanté.
Describing James as a visionary, Kane shared insights into the creative process, emphasizing his initial role in writing for Shanté. However, he found himself invited by James to contribute to the song, a decision that would lead to a remarkable experience.
Kane expressed awe at witnessing James’ work ethic and unique vibe, praising the “Super Freak” singer as not only a musical genius but also a caring individual who took a keen interest in the careers of young rappers.
The collaboration extended beyond the studio, as Kane recounted a subsequent encounter during the photoshoot for James’ Wonderful LP. Kane highlighted James’ genuine concern for his career, emphasizing the funk legend’s willingness to share valuable insights and lessons from his own journey, both successes, and setbacks.
The conversation took an amusing turn as Kane fondly remembered a more relaxed moment during a photoshoot break. Seated in James’ hotel room, business discussions shifted to a different atmosphere when a few women joined them.
Kane playfully demonstrated a side of James that was entirely different from the serious business persona—a moment that showcased the singer’s fun and carefree nature.