11 Songs, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Long before Puff Daddy and The Notorious B.I.G. figured out how to turn an overweight street rapper into a beloved pop star, Heavy D & The Boyz blazed the trail. Heavy’s music assimilated dance and R&B into hip-hop without pandering to the mainstream. Though he tried many styles, his standards were high. His run of hits lasted almost 10 years, starting with 1987’s fundamental hip-hop jam “The Overweight Lover’s in the House.” Heavy has yet to receive due credit for his catalytic influence on hip-hop, but at the very least, these 11 songs affirm his musical excellence.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Long before Puff Daddy and The Notorious B.I.G. figured out how to turn an overweight street rapper into a beloved pop star, Heavy D & The Boyz blazed the trail. Heavy’s music assimilated dance and R&B into hip-hop without pandering to the mainstream. Though he tried many styles, his standards were high. His run of hits lasted almost 10 years, starting with 1987’s fundamental hip-hop jam “The Overweight Lover’s in the House.” Heavy has yet to receive due credit for his catalytic influence on hip-hop, but at the very least, these 11 songs affirm his musical excellence.

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