RIP Heavy D

I want to take a moment to commemorate the life of Heavy D, who died yesterday after having been diagnosed with pneumonia. Known for his playfulness, his clean rhymes, and his celebration of heft, Heavy D made a significant mark on Hip-Hop throughout the years. He will be missed. Just 8 years old when Heavy D & the Boyz debuted, I remember him most for his later hit Nuttin’ But Love and the video for Jam by Michael Jackson. Though much of his popular work focused on danceable songs about women, he also took some moments for issues he cared about. Below are the videos for two collaborative pieces he was involved in: “Don’t Curse,” spearheaded by Heavy himself, and KRS-One’s anti-violence project, “Self Destruction.” Rest in peace.