Heavy D (1967-2011)
The king-size rapper, who passed away Nov. 8, brought his genial charm to a long run of hip-hop hits in the '80s and '90s. We remember his best musical moments
”Now That We Found Love” (1991)
Though plenty of other artists recorded it, it took Heavy (born Dwight Myers) and his Boyz to make ”Now” a hit; its motorboat rhymes and killer chorus owned the dance floor — do the Roger Rabbit! — at the dawn of the decade.
”Is It Good To You” (1991)
He wanted to know, were you enjoying his very fine loving and his creative use of foodstuffs in the bedroom? The ladies’ answer: They liked it. Oooh, they li-i-ii-ked it.
”The Overweight Lover’s in The House” (1987)
Borrowing the horns from the J.B.s’ classic 1972 funk workout ”Pass the Peas,” D made his case for big-boned romance. With one caveat: ”Please don’t squeeze the Charmin.”
”Nuttin’ But Love” (1994)
His boo’s looking for a man who can provide a 24-karat lifestyle — ”Fancy foods, lobster, sushi/Gear Versace, Gucci, crazy Lucci” — but all D has to give her is his heart. Aww.
”Gyrlz, They Love Me” (1989)
The Overweight Lover strikes again on this lilting nod to his own XXL appeal — and ability to seduce fine females with Anita Baker song selections.
”Who’s the Man?” (1992)
When gangsta grit went mainstream, he toughened up his boasts — and set them over a sample of Steve Miller Band’s ”Fly Like an Eagle,” no less.
”Mr. Big Stuff” (1987)
Jean Knight’s 1971 Stax smash, deftly chopped up and turned out, lent a career-long nickname to the man who declared himself ”the greatest entertainer since porno flicks.”
”Somebody for Me” (1989)
He may have been a player, but deep down, D was a true romantic — always searching for a cutie-pie not in it for the secondhand fame.
”In Living Color” (1989)
The platonic ideal of a Heavy jam: His theme for the sketch show imagines a world where everybody is equally kind, and all the girls are as fly as J. Lo.