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10 Things Heavy D Did Before Your Favorite Rapper

On Tuesday (Nov. 8), the hip-hop world suffered an immense loss. Rap legend, Heavy D—the smooth talking MC known for such 1980s and 1990’s hits as “Gyrlz, They Love Me,” “Nuthin But Love” and “Now That We Found Love”—passed away at the young age of 44 in Los Angeles.

One of hip-hop’s first stars, the multi-platinum-selling Jamiacan-born MC, (real name Dwight Myers) helped pave the way for many of today’s biggest rap names. In fact, his influence and legacy is quite staggering. In celebration of Heavy’s life, XXL looks back at 10 of the rapper’s biggest accomplishments.