Heavy D will go down as one of the most influential figures in Hip Hop that nobody knows about. After his surprising death at the young age of 44, his legacy is starting to be formed by the public. Sure everyone knows his music and laid back demeanor, but not to many know the list of artists that he was responsible for breaking. Even big name artists like Diddy have given Heavy D credit for their success. So in hopes that an entire generation of young people will remember Heavy D as "the guy who sang the 'In Living Color' theme", here are the 10 best Heavy D songs. How will Heavy D be remembered?
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One of the great tragedies in hip-hop is how the game seemed to take Heavy D for granted. The Overweight Lover from Mt. Vernon was one of the most consistent presences in hip-hop throughout the s, and he became one of the more under-appreciated producers in the late s and early s. Add to that his tenure as a producer and labelhead at Uptown Records he helmed major hits for acts like Soul IV Real and Monifah and you have an artist that played a huge role in shaping the sound of urban music in the s. Of course, fans everywhere were stunned when Heavy passed away on November 8, Those who don't remember the Heavster's heyday firsthand may not completely get why so many are still saddened that he's not here. Heavy D's early style was undeniably fun and lighthearted, and it informed the rest of his career. From the very beginning, he let you know that he wanted you to have a good time.
R.I.P. Heavy D
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New York City's five boroughs may get most of the attention when it comes to the state's reputation as a mecca for rap, there are a number of enclaves beyond the city limits that have also had an immense impact on hip-hop, one of them being Mount Vernon. Boasting a production lineup that included Marley Marl, Teddy Riley, Eddie F, Living Large was one of the hottest rap releases of , and marked the arrival of Heavy D, who would emerge as one of the first unconventional sex symbols in rap, a distinction he would keep throughout his career and up until his death in Thirty years after its release, The Boombox takes a stroll down memory lane and highlights five of the songs from Living Large that best stand the test of time.