Nov 282011

Early hip-hop Pioneer Heavy D died earlier this month and, as tends to happen when an icon passes, the first awards show to come around featured a lavish tribute. Instead of getting a bunch of youngsters who barely know the music, though, the Soul Train Awards recruited a bunch of his ‘80s and ‘90s peers to cover a medley of Heavy D hits. Heavy D in fact won Best Rap Album back in 1990 with Big Tyme, so the tribute seemed especially apropos.

The reunited Goodie Mob (featuring Cee Lo Green rapping again) did “We Got Our Own Thang” with Naughty By Nature, Whodini did “Mr. Big Stuff,” Big Daddy Kane handled “The Overweight Lover’s in the House,” and Kurtis Blow capped things off with “Nuttin’ But Love.” As tends to be the case with these things, it’s scattershot but heartfelt and a joy to watch. Check it out below.

Various Artists – Heavy D Medley

Pick up ‘Big Tyme’ by Heavy D and the Boyz at Amazon or iTunes.

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