Remembering Heavy D: 15 Classic Tracks From the Overweight Lover

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One the great tragedies in hip-hop is how the game seemed to take Heavy D for granted. The Overweight Lover from Mt. Vernon was one the most consistent presences in hip-hop throughout the 1990s, and he became one the more under-appreciated producers in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Add to that his tenure as a producer and labelhead at Uptown Records (he helmed major hits for acts like Soul IV Real and Monifah) and you have an artist that played a huge role in shaping the sound urban music in the 1990s.

Of course, fans everywhere were stunned when Heavy passed away on November 8, 2011. Those who don't remember the Heavster's heyday firsthand may not completely get why so many are still saddened that he's not here.

So here are 15 songs to help you understand the gift that was Dwight Myers. Long live Heavy D.

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