There isn’t much fucking with this right here. This shit right heeeeeere? This is hip hop. De La hits you with that straight up, no nonsense, cut the BS rappin out that we love to here from these hip hop purist. Lines like
“And some may believe that they a leader young fella you a two liter/simply water weight drowning out the sauce/this lesson is aligned with an underground cause….”
From Rolling Stone:
“I’ve always loved the ‘Intro’ on Disc Two of Wu-Tang Forever – this erie sample with no beat, that they only talked over,” De La Soul’s Posdnuos said.”I stumbled on the original sample while crate digging one day, took it straight to the lab and added drums. The feel is definitely gritty, hard and sounds like a Wu record, so out of inspirational respect, we included featuring ‘The Spirit of the Wu’ in the song title.”
Damn. I cant wait for the new album “You’re Welcome” coming this fall. Until then you can catch them on the “Kings Of The Mic Tour” with LL Cool J, Public Enemy and Ice Cube
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.
heavy d & the boyz
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. R.I.P.
DJ GMS Top Ten Heavy D classics:
1. Mr. Big Stuff Â -Â The one that started it all off! 1986!
I met Immortal Technique years ago shortly after he got out of jail and threw himself into the battle game with a fury like no other. Technique’s battle’s are legendary. Sorry, Youtube-ing them now wont do it justice. You had to be there. But that was just the opening act. Tech had some important stuff to say and he was going to use his dominance on the mic to get those messages heard. Over the years I have seen him develop his ideas, musically, lyrically, politically and socially. Â I always respected him for that.
You see, when I was a boy, listening to groups like Public Enemy, Poor Righteous Teachers and BDP taught me something about Hip Hop that I hadn’t realized before those groups came along: you don’t have to say things in a rhyme because they sound cool and just go where the rhyme takes you. You can say what’s on your mind – even have an agenda – a MAKE the rhyme sound cool. Words submit to your will. It’s up to you to make them do what you want, say what you want. Immortal Technique is one of THOSE type of rappers (sorry, MC’s). He is not trying to be “fly”. He is trying to bring knowledge to light, wake people up and inspire them to make changes in their lives and in the world.
To that end, Technique also put his money where his mouth is, when he traveled to Afghanistan and helped build an orphanage/school, for needy children. This is not a millionaire movie star or Platinum selling artist (yet), who writes a check like its nothing and goes about his day. This is a 100% independent artist, who makes his money touring and selling his CD’s (VIPER RECORDS).
Read more and hear Immortal Technique’s speech “We Can’t Back Down Now”, after the jump! (more…)
For those who didn’t catch it on tv, here’s the official video of President Obama’s Twitter session with America, July 6th, 2011. Barack Hussein Obama /aka/ Barry /aka/ Mr. President, made history by being the first President of the United States ever to “live tweet“. His message?
in order to reduce the deficit,what costs would you cut and what investments would you keep – bo
I’m not going to get into a whole political debate about the content of the first Twitter Town Hall Meeting, Barack Obama’s effectiveness as a President, etc. I’ll leave that to other sites, but I do believe we should all stay informed, so please watch the show, to continue your own education as to what is going on in this country.
I do, however, want to bestow on the President, the title of “MC“. Since he started his firstÂ campaign, Barack Obama has always been a crowd motivator, a great orator, a “great debater”, to use the title of SkyZoo’s last release. With his speeches, he is known as one who “moves the crowd” .
Watch the Twitter Town Hall Official Video after the jump! (more…)