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Heavy D & The Boyz

Self-proclaimed ‘overweight lover of rap from money earnin’ Mount Vernon’, Heavy D (b. Dwight Myers, 24 May 1967, Jamaica, West Indies) fronted a mainstream rap outfit which has been considered the genre’s equivalent of Luther Vandross. Though the vast majority of his material represents rap’s familiar call to procreation, Heavy D’s rhymes are imbued with warmth rather than breast-beating machismo. Similarly, though he makes much of his muchness (titles like ‘Mr. Big Stuff’ are frequent), there is more to Heavy D than novelty. His debut album, produced by Teddy Riley, comprised funk alongside hints of the swingbeat sound the producer was in the process of creating. Riley was also in tow for the follow-up, though this time he was in the company of fellow rap production legend Marley Marl, among others. Q-Tip (A Tribe Called Quest), Big Daddy Kane and Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth all featured on ‘Don’t Curse’, a posse cut from Peaceful Journey. The album also included a tribute to former band member T-Roy (b. Troy Dixon, d. 15 July 1990). The other ‘Boyz’ comprised G. Whiz (b. Glen Parrish) and DJ Eddie F (b. Edward Ferrell). Success continued unabated when ‘Now That We’ve Found Love’ became a UK number 2 in July 1991, profiling a fresh, Jamaican DJ influenced style. He also made a high profile guest appearance on Michael Jackson’s ‘Jam’ single and sister Janet’s ‘Alright With Me’.

Strangely, despite this success MCA did not see fit to offer Blue Funk, which saw Heavy return to hardcore territory with guest production from Pete Rock and DJ Premier, an immediate UK release. His 1994 set Nuttin’ But Love saw him reunite with rap’s top rank of producers, including old hands Marl, Riley and Rock, alongside Erick Sermon, Trackmasters and Troy Williams. It was another superb package, making Heavy D one of rap’s heavyweights in more than the literal sense. He confirmed his longevity when Waterbed Hev enjoyed both critical and commercial acclaim, entering the US Top 10 in spring 1997. Heavy featured another solid collection of laidback grooves, delivered, as usual, with panache and skill.
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Rip HeavyD
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always loved Heavy D!
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;(
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This is my favorite song by Heavy D - such a great beat - it's buck!
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Another song thats tight.
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deejestina
Pure class. A sdd talent for the decades. RIP Heav.
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Love Heavy D..truly missed!
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Mt.Vernon will always miss you!
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my man Velvet from new york. you are missed
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R.I.P. Overweight Lova.
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Heavy d not from know southern cali heavy d from Jamaica
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RIP Heavy oh my goodness when I first seen him on on Tv I fell in love with him he was so flexible on his his feet Excellent Entertainer and shocked me when I found out hes from Jamaica miss him
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Heavy d and the boys man
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Rip mr heavy d the first in luv hip hop r rap luv rap music. And party music and film music
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But u rock heavy d
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Hi
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He's pretty good but I like west coast rap. More
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Rip heavy d. Miss you bro.. keep it real up there. Keep signing up there c u when I get their bro
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Can't forget Salt N' Pepper either lol.
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Now all I need is a limousine and I'll be cruisin'.... .
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RIP Heavy D still loving your sounds like now that we got love
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Heavy D Was The Greatest Rapper Of All Time Until This Day I Still Listen To His Music R.I.P.
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Rest in Peace Heavy D :)!!!
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Rip Heavy D! Put too many on in the rap game will never be forgotten. Opened the door. Never left anyone behind. May you always live in the sky! One Love!!!
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#1
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R.I.p D
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ramonagibbs1
I am so glad to be born and raised in BK NY. Love hip hop! RIP Heavy
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Can listen to his songs all day..."THE OVER WEIGHT LOVER HEAVY D"R.I.P BABY
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Dead nice one of the mc
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Rest in peace heavy d your music live on.
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Stay self managed, self kept, self taught - Thanks Heavy!
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Rip Heavy D
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Good music.
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Heavy D set the course for rappers like Chubb Rock and Big Pun to become successful. RIP!
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RiP going not forgot
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RIP Big man. Thank you for the music!
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R.i.p. Heavy D.......
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I miss you Heavy!!! It is good to me!!! LOL
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Thanxs Heavy God Bless
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One of the top 6
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Rip heavy d one of the best
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tiaalll4u
R.I.P. Heavy!
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RIP Heavy really miss you you'll always will be one of my favorite old school rap artist 2-20-2014 !!!!
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Heavy D & The Boyz...feel good music!!!! Miss you Heavy D....rip
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yardie7
Rest Well BIG CUZ!! Love and miss U ALWAYS!!
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My all time fav rapper
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Hell yea old rap pimp s**t
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RIP. You are truly missed
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My favorite old school rapper
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