(Heavy D Tribute on ‘RapFix Live’)
Heavy D died on Tuesday afternoon (November 8), in Los Angeles after suffering from ‘flu-like symptoms.’ The 44-year-old got his start as a member of the popular 80s group Heavy D and the Boyz, before going on to pursue a successful career in acting. A kid raised in Mount Vernon, New York would go on to become an instant hip-hop icon thanks to talent, an outgoing personality and overflowing confidence. Throughout his career, Heavy–born Dwight Errington Myers–played up his robust figure, eventually crowning himself the “Overweight Lover.” Following Hev’s lead, several rappers would adapt a similar attitude, using their size to brand themselves. The Notorious B.I.G., Big Pun, Fat Joe and, of course, Rick Ross immediately come to mind.
The Brooklyn-born rapper didn’t have any worries about his weight or his looks and his confidence is evident on raunchy singles such as “One More Chance” and “Big Poppa.” On “One More Chance (Remix)” he nonchalantly describes himself as “black and ugly as ever,” while rapping about women who are dying to get another chance with him. On “Big Poppa,” Biggie again touts his sexual prowess, while casually tossing in a few lines about his passion for food, rapping, “Pull the truck up front, and roll up the next blunt/So we can steam on the way to telly, go fill my belly/A T-Bone steak, cheese eggs and Welch’s grape.”
Big Pun passed away at the age of 28 after suffering from a heart attack, but before his weight ballooned out of control—topping off around 700 lbs—the Bronx rapper followed in the footsteps of his fellow “Overweight Lovers” Heavy D and the Notorious B.I.G. by playing up his sexuality, despite his weight. On his 1998 debut album Capital Punishment, Pun released one of his most popular singles “Still Not A Player,” an explicit sexual anthem that celebrated his triumphs with the female crowd, weight be damned.
Joey Crack’s large frame has contributed significantly to his persona since he began his reign with Terror Squad back the ‘90s. Over the past year Joe has shed weight, bringing him down to approximately 265 lbs when he released the “Drop a Body,” video this summer. Even with the image revamp though, he insists that his weight remains a part of his persona, and confirms that he has no plans to change his name. In 2002, as Joe geared up to release the video for his popular single “What’s Luv?” he gave a shout out to Heavy D as an inspiration. “Hev put it down for all the big men,” Joe said. “Of course Biggie [followed], then Pun. [In] this video, I’m smothered with beautiful women.”
The Maybach Music CEO is, without a doubt, one of the most current and successful rappers in the Overweight Lover lineage. For starters, we’re pretty sure that the signature Rozay grunt—which fans often try, but fail to mimic—derives its uniqueness directly from his hefty figure. The Miami native has continued to use weight to his advantage, often branding himself in songs. On the intro to Kanye West’s “Monster” he raps, “B-tch I’ma monster, no good blood sucker/Fat motherf-ck-r, now look who’s in trouble.” And he even plays it up in his feature on Drake’s Just Blaze-produced single “Lord Knows,” rapping, “Destined for greatness, but got a place in Jamaica/Villa on the water with wonderful views/Only fat ni–a in the sauna with jewels.” Did we mention that Ross also really likes to be shirtless in public?