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.