Smooth Operator (Big Daddy Kane song)

"Smooth Operator" is the lead single released from Big Daddy Kane's second album, It's a Big Daddy Thing. Arguably one of Big Daddy Kane's most popular songs, the song topped the newly formed Billboard Hot Rap Singles chart and was a hit on the R&B and dance charts, peaking at number 11 and 17 on the charts respectively. Actor and comedian Chris Rock appears in the music video getting his hair cut. He appears 2 minutes, and 23 seconds into the video.

"Smooth Operator"
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Single by Big Daddy Kane
from the album It's a Big Daddy Thing
B-side"Warm It Up, Kane"
ReleasedAugust 3, 1989
GenreHip hop
LabelCold Chillin' / Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Antonio Hardy
Producer(s)Big Daddy Kane
Big Daddy Kane singles chronology
"I'll Take You There"
"Smooth Operator"
"I Get the Job Done"
Music video
"Smooth Operator" on YouTube


The song contains samples of All Night Long by Mary Jane Girls, Do Your Thing by Isaac Hayes, Sexual Healing by Marvin Gaye, The Champ by The Mohawks, Let's Get It On by Marvin Gaye, and Impeach the President by The Honey Drippers.

Single track listingEdit


  1. "Smooth Operator" – 4:42
  2. "Smooth Operator" (Instrumental) – 4:40


  1. "Warm It Up, Kane" – 4:12
  2. "Warm It Up, Kane" (Instrumental) – 4:12

Chart historyEdit

Chart (1989) Peak
Billboard Hot Black Singles 11
Billboard Hot Rap Singles 1
Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 17