I played tons of music from Brooklyn artists – with a few non-Brooklyn artists mixed in there as well, while co-host LR Blitzkrieg gave us some news on Brooklyn topics of interest, such as Jay-Z adding 5 new dates to his Barclay Center Nets Arena concerts, since the first few sold out instantly at as much as $250 a ticket. We talked about Marv Won vs Math Hoffa and other upcoming PoisonPen.tv/URL battles and took requests off the air, but we mostly just hit you with music, music and more music. The artwork above, from the single “County of Kings” ft. ShaStimuli, Skyzoo, Ruste Juxx & LR Blitzkrieg, off PH’s album Know the Ledge. It is available as a tee shirt at MCMI Apparel and we will have some at our booth Saturday at the BKHHF.
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So, by now you’ve probably heard the sad news that the Heav-ster is no longer with us in physical form, although his music remains to inspire us forever. I guess I was a little perplexed to read all the top media blogs explaining that Heavy D, real name Dwight Arrington Myers, had the hit record “Now That We’ve Found Love“. It could be because he just performed the song at the B.E.T. Awards last month, but still I feel that a better discography than that is in order.
Heavy’s first songs were Hip Hop classics and inspired many many artists, including for one, the Notorious B.I.G., who mentions him on the song “JUICY” and gave him a cameo role as a bouncer in his video for “One More Chance“. Biggie got a chance to shine with some major players at the time when he was featured on Heavy D’s posse cut “A Bunch of N****s” along with 3rd Eye,Â Biggie Smalls,Â Busta Rhymes,Â Guru &Â Rob O. I’ve read that this was Biggie Smalls debut on wax, but I’ve also heard that about his collabos with Super Cat and Mary J. Blige, so I’m not positive. Not only did Heavy D inspire Biggie that he could be overweight and still dress fly and rap to the ladies, but he playedÂ an instrumental part in Diddy’s career, being one of the hit artists propelling Uptown Records, where Diddy (at the time Sean “Puffy” Combs), started interning and then moved up to A&R.Â Hev’s first group,Â Heavy D & the Boyz, which includedÂ DJ G-Whiz (Glen Parrish) and hip hop dancersÂ Trouble T. Roy (Troy Dixon) andÂ Eddie F (Edward Ferrell), was the first groupÂ signed toÂ Uptown Records, headed at the time byÂ Andre Harrel.
Another interesting peice of Hip Hop trivia, Pete Rock & CL Smooth’s biggest hit record “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y)” was about CL’s cousin, Trouble T Roy, who died tragically while dancing back up as one of the “Boyz”.
After his first two albums,Â Living Large andÂ Big Tyme spawned several hits in the late 80’s, both going gold, Heavy dedicated his next album, theÂ platinumÂ Peaceful Journey to Trouble T Roy. Â KRS ONE had always mentioned his fallen comrade DJ Scott LaRock on his records, but never actually made a song about him (post mortem). They Reminisce Over You and Peaceful Journey had became the first Hip Hop tribute records.
Heavy D went on to Record the slept on but critically acclaimed Blue Funk album, as well as a songs with the likes ofÂ Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Supa Cat and B.B. King.
Heavy D was one of the first Rappers (if the THE first) to be given the job of President of the label (a fact not lost onÂ Jay-Z, I’m sure), as President of Uptown Records. After putting out the Lost Boyz album “Legal Drug Money“, Heavy D decided running the show behind the scenes was not for him and he focused more on acting for awhile. He was a musical pioneer, actor, fashion trendsetter and the model of a rapper turned business mogul.
If that’s not enough, the ‘Overweight Lover’ was also one of the first MC’s to foray into the world of film and television, getting his start on the sitcomsÂ A Different World,Â Roc andÂ Living Single and later was cast in the television series Boston Public, The Tracy Morgan Show,Â Bones. He sang the theme song for both In Living Color and MadTV and appeared in several films includingÂ Life,Â Big Trouble,Â The Cider House Rules, Wong Fu’s,Â Step Up,Â New Jersey Drive and most recently had aÂ Â cameo as a security guard in theÂ Tower Heist starringÂ Ben Stiller andÂ Eddie Murphy.
In between stints as a television and movie actor (he did one Off-Broadway play, Lawrence Fishburne’s Riff Raff), Heavy returned to the charts to bring us Nuthin But Love and Waterbed Hev, hitting us with a few more classic records. He most recently had released a reggae fusion album called Vibes, which you can check out on iTunes, but below you will find my top picks of his past work. He had also recently guest appeared on Tyler Perry’s House of Payne and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
So there’s a brief History Lesson for you youngsters. Now do your Homework! Here are some of my favorite Heavy D classics, some not mentioned on other sites, for you to reminisce over. I’ll be playing these records tonight as I toast to the man the myth the legend, Mr. Big Stuff, MC Heavy D.
DJ GMS Top Ten Heavy D classics:
1. Mr. Big Stuff Â -Â The one that started it all off! 1986!
Whether or not you feel like he has been doing a great job before this week, you have to admit, President Obama is on a roll, since Wednesday April 25th.
Wednesday – President Obama releases long form birth certificate, silencing birthers in general and Donald Trump as his most recent detractor.
“We do not have time for this kind of silliness,” he said. “We’ve got better stuff to do. I’ve got better stuff to do.”
But it was not “silliness”, was it? It was something more sinister. No President has ever been so scrutinized. Remember, Obama had already given a copy of his birth certificate – which Hawaiian authorities confirmed and verified was real and acurate – to prove his citizenship in 2008 in order to run for President. So, anyone who questioned that was basically calling him a liar. Many feel it was because he was black. Even Obama was troubled by it, saying
“I have to say that over the last 2Â½ years, I have watched with bemusement. I have been puzzled at the degree to which this thing just kept on going.”
Political scientist Thomas Whalen was quoted in the NationalPost saying, it was a
“humiliating day for the country.. It’s sad. We are in the 21st century, and this is something out of the Salem witch trials.” …Â “There is a devout segment of the population that refuses to accept a black man as commander in chief. They will grope for anything that might back up their argument.”
Brooklyn stand up! Shout out to Bamm for the puppetry and Chung for the visuals.
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