Song Stuck In My Head: Heavy D & The Boyz - Somebody For Me

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

By now you may have heard that Heavy D has passed. Yet, music never dies, so the groove continues on. After revisiting his hits with Heavy D & The Boyz, I had to refresh my brain to the fact that Heav made some major contributions to the 90's music circuit in a list akin to the Dead Sea Scrolls. He began as one of the first acts signed to the newly formed Uptown Records, which became home to acts like Mary J. Blige and Jodeci. He also became the first hip-hop artist to be president of a label as he took over Uptown in 1996, beating Jay-Z by a few years. His production credits were vast as acts like Monifah, Soul For Real ("Candy Rain"!!), and Total were on the roster. He also threw down rhymes with a (at the time) young Notorious B.I.G. and also with both Michael and Janet Jackson. Plus he is responsible for writing the theme songs to In Living Color and MADtv, as well as had an acting career in film and television. That's not even the half of it, but man, what a career!

One thing I loved about Heavy D was the constant love for the ladies in his music. With the misogyny that runs rampant in hip-hop (making it a genre that I tend to be picky about), Heavy D was a breath of fresh air and some of that gentleman behavior is purely missed in the hip-hop culture of today. Sure he was a softie at heart, but he made it cool to be Mr. Nice Guy. I hadn't heard "Somebody For Me" in years, not to mention a bulk of other hits from the 'overweight lover' himself ("Nuttin' But Love" and "Now That We Found Love" for starters). I was a little bitty Audio Diva when it was released back in 1989 off the group's second album Big Tyme, but it has always been my favorite from Heavy. Seeped in that New Jack Swing style with Al B. Sure!'s unmistakable croon on the hook, "Somebody For Me" was a #1 hit on the Rap charts making way for mainstream success. It truly sounds just as fresh as it did 20-something odd years ago. So reminisce with me and pay tribute to a musical pioneer.

May Heavy D rest in peace.

 

2 comments:

  1. This really made me so sad. D seemed to be such a nice guy & made many contributions to black music as you listed. Sad to see him go so young. Always thought he had the nicest, sexiest smile too, very handsome fellow. May he rest...-QH

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  2. QH:
    It made me sad too. There were some things I didn't know about him (about him taking over Uptown Records---had NO clue about that)and some things I actually had forgotten about! I didn't mention that he also had a campaign with Sprite in the early 90's and was one of the first hip-hop stars to endorse a product. The man was a pioneer.

    Will be listening to some Heavy D for the day. It's bringing back memories. And I loved his smile and his positive attitude too---such a real shame that he's gone.

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