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Album Review

Heavy D always favored laid-back grooves, championing their easy flow during the days when the Bomb Squad ruled. Ten years later, when gangstas all roll to moked-out beats, Hev sounds as fresh as he ever has with his seventh album, Heavy. There really isn't anything new here, apart from the occasional production flourish (such as "You Know," with its glorious skittering rap and rhythm), but the legions of producers (including Heavy himself, the Ummah and Erick Sermon) have given the album an appealing modern sheen which guarantees that it sounds like 1999 instead of 1989. On top of it all, Heavy D continues to prove that he has an original, graceful delivery — he makes it all seem easy, and that's why his music is still appealing. True, Heavy isn't a startling record, but it is a solid, entertaining listen from one of the most reliable artists in hip-hop.

Biography

Born: 24 May 1967 in Mandeville, Jamaica

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Hip-hop's original overweight lover, Heavy D parlayed an eminently likable persona and strong MC skills into a lengthy career in music, television, and film. Weighing in at over 250 pounds, his girth could easily have become a one-note premise, but he varied his lyrical concerns to include positive message tracks and fun-loving party jams, and exuded warmth and respect for women without getting too graphic or sentimental. Musically, his appeal was just as broad — he was able to mix elements...
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