Posted by: vincentlopez | January 20, 2008

Mr. Big Stuff

I’ve always wondered why Heavy D never got the respect he deserved.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen one of his albums available for download while trolling around the blogosphere.  I think a lot of people have forgotten that he and Fresh Prince had that safe, commercial hip-hop genre locked down in the late eighties/early nineties.  And they did it without the complete buffoonery of say Hammer or Candyman.  Some of my friends mother’s even listened to Heavy D.  And let’s not forget that Heavy D could actually rhyme and went gold/platinum with his first five albums.  How many artists can say that?  With that said, the August 1991 issue of The Source featured a somber and more serious Heavy D on the cover.  As many of us older hip-hoppers know, his dancer Trouble T Roy died in an accident at a rehearsal for one of their shows.  That led Heavy D to dedicate his third album, Peaceful Journey, to his fallen friend.  The album wasn’t half bad.  It still had that Teddy Riley slick New Jack production but I think “Peaceful Journey”, “Sister, Sister” and “Don’t Curse” were the best songs on the album.

Some other highlights from this issue:

Bushwick Bill of The Geto Boys shoots himself in the eye and lives

MC Serch with the hip-hop quotable for “Mic Techniques”

-The Dew Doo Man Prince Paul is interviewed

– 3rd Bass and KMD interviews (both groups released good albums that year)

-A summary of Winnie Mandela‘s trial in South Africa

-And the 15 “Summer Jeep Slammers” to buy in 1991

Record Report:

– The only non-single reviewed was Pete Rock & CL Smooth‘s All Souled Out EP (rated 3) – It should have been rated 4

Nice and Smooth – Ain’t a Da*n Thing Changed

August ’91 issue




  1. This was an intriguing ish. I find it interesting to look over the interview with Heavy D after the death of Trouble T-Roy. I also was surprised to see John Singleton to write to the source about young black youth interacting with Hollywood and trying to get thier foot in the door. I was also pleasantly surprised to see someone who wrote to source to talk about the marketing of hip-hop. This person noted out how the use of the word “proper” was not even hip-hop. Then the person mentioned how Hammer said in some commericals. Then I remember the song “Check The Rhime” and thought “Oh”

    Anyway, keep doing what it do and if you have a chance to stop by my blog, please leave a comment on the post.

  2. Thanks for posting this, it is so great.

  3. Thanks for sharing all this gems…
    Greetings from Spain!

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