15 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Heavy D’s legacy is one of unified opposites. He made it possible to be overweight and a sex symbol; a street rapper and also a pop star; a celebrity but also a beacon of a local community. Above all, he was authentic and never lost the respect of the hip-hop establishment. He made great dance songs (“Now That We Found Love”), rap for roughnecks (“Black Coffee”), and gentle R&B (“Don’t You Know”)—and it all worked, because his public knew he wasn’t selling out for the industry but was instead attuned to the diverse tastes of his audience.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Heavy D’s legacy is one of unified opposites. He made it possible to be overweight and a sex symbol; a street rapper and also a pop star; a celebrity but also a beacon of a local community. Above all, he was authentic and never lost the respect of the hip-hop establishment. He made great dance songs (“Now That We Found Love”), rap for roughnecks (“Black Coffee”), and gentle R&B (“Don’t You Know”)—and it all worked, because his public knew he wasn’t selling out for the industry but was instead attuned to the diverse tastes of his audience.

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