The self-proclaimed ‘Heavyweight Lover‘ was born on May 24, 1967 and would have celebrated his 56th birthday this year.

Having passed away in 2011 at the age of 44, Heavy D left his mark not only on a generation of music fans but on his fellow artists with his positive outlook and constant displays of love. He was only twenty years old when his debut album ‘Living Large‘ was released on Uptown Records.

Heavy D‘s sophomore album, ‘Big Tyme‘ solidified his place in Hip-Hop history claiming the number one spot on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album chart in 1989 which spawned three hit singles, ‘We Got Our Own Thang‘, ‘Somebody for Me‘ and ‘Gyrlz, They Love Me‘.

Heavy D’s trajectory skyrocketed heading into the ’90s with mainstream rap features on songs like ‘Alright‘ by Janet Jackson and ‘Jam‘ from Michael Jackson. His exposure grew even larger having sung the theme song for the incredibly popular TV show ‘In Living Color‘ which aired from 1990-1994.

The Notorious B.I.G. references Heavy D in the song ‘Juicy‘ with the line, “Salt-N-Pepa and Heavy D all up in the limousine” and featured him in the music video for his song ‘One More Chance‘.

Heavy D played a roll in bringing Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs into the Uptown Records label where he would eventually grow to become president. Along the way, Heavy D developed the R&B group Soul For Real and singer Monifah.

In addition to being a successful artist and music producer, Heavy D was an accomplished actor appearing off-Broadway, on television shows, and feature films such as 1999’s The Cider House Rules.

Making his final live appearance at the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards in October of that year, Heavy D collapsed outside of his home in Beverly Hills, California where he passed away on November 8 due to pulmonary embolism caused by a blood clot in his leg.

Heavy D‘s classic songs are still played to this day and his legacy will live on forever. Keep scrolling to watch some of Heavy’s greatest music videos.

  • Heavy D - Now That We Found Love

  • Heavy D - Is It Good To You

  • Heavy D - We Got Our Own Thang

  • Heavy D - Nuttin' But Love

  • Soul For Real (Feat. Heavy D) - Candy Rain (Remix)

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