I was just told Heavy D passed away
Just the previous day Heavy D tweeted this which would be his last:
No one saw it coming. Gone too soon. It wouldn't be right if we didn't honor his life on this edition of Wind-It-Back Wednesday. Treasure and support our hip hop pioneers while they are still living. You never know what tomorrow brings. So let's "be inspired!"
Heavy D and the Boyz came on the scene in 1987 with their debut album, Living Large.
I personally became familiar with him in 1989 when they released Big Tyme.
This was the jam back then! "We Got Our Own Thang"
Their next album was a tribute to the death of their group member, Trouble T Roy at the young age of 22. Peaceful Journey included production from Pete Rock, Marley Marl and more.
It included "Now That We Found Love":
And "Is It Good To You"
In 1992, Heavy D was featured in one of my favorite videos by the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson, which also featured another great, Michael Jordan. This video still gets me pumped:
Blue Funk was released in 1993 and featured "Truthful"
Nuttin But Love debuted in 1994 and may have been the groups most popular release:
Waterbed Hev was Heavy D's first solo release in 1997 and featured "Big Daddy":
Heavy was Heavy D's second solo album and debuted in 1999. The album featured Q-Tip, Cee-Lo, Big Pun and Eightball.
Heavy D also released and album in 2008 called Vibes, which was a reggae album paying homeage to his Jamaican roots.
Luckily for us, Heavy D. performed live at the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards. It would be his last live television performance:
Rest in peace Heavy D. You really did your thing for hip hop and you will be missed!
Another song and video from Heavy D and The Boyz that I liked when I was younger was "Somebody for Me"
And one of my favorite songs of all times featuring Heavy D - "Candy Rain"
Heavy D was an inspiration and trailblazer in our lives. Even though he is no longer with us in the physical sense, his inspiring message to us lives on, and Heavy D said it best, "Once you're hiphop you're hiphop, it's in my blood it's not going anywhere"