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Music Mondays: Heavy D Taught the World How to Be Original

On November 8th, 2011 the hip-hop world lost one of its most influential artists: Heavy D.  This loss hit me pretty hard not only because I am a huge lover of his music, but he and I also shared the same birthday.  He will indeed be greatly missed.


One of the many things that I admired about Heavy D is that he was very confident in himself and what he had to offer to the world.  He was not like any of the other hip-hop artists that were out during the time of his heyday.  He was different—in his style, his delivery of his songs, his charisma—and in every situation, he always encouraged others to do the same: to be different.  To be original and not be afraid of what others might think of you for doing so.  He constantly promoted to act of blazing your own trail.


Heavy D’s song, “We Got Our Own Thang” is one of the many great examples of how he strived to inspire and encourage originality.  With its upbeat, dance-groove tempo, Heavy gives us “Life according to Heavy D” – his very own ‘pearls of wisdom’ for being your best.  His words along with the ‘lower-than-usual’ tone in his voice, rings out like that of a big brother—someone who has been where you’re going and wants to help you get to your destination of greatness.


“Original, individual, smooth criminal

Dance a lot, dance a little, shuffle to the middle

Don’t clock anybody, let ’em all clock you

Don’t be down with anybody, let ’em all be down with you

Stay self-managed, self-kept, self-taught

Be your own man, don’t be borrowed, don’t be bought…”


Of all of Heavy D’s songs, this one has always been my favorite.  Even today, I play it quite often—so much so that my kids know the words by heart!


–and it is a good thing that they do: this is truly one song that is teaching them something valuable.



Rest in Heaven, Dwight Arrington Myers – we love you.



Enjoy today’s Music Mondays selection, Heavy D’s  “We Got our Own Thang”



Have a song that would be perfect for Music Mondays? Share below or tell me about it at:  melisasource@yahoo.com.



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I was indeed shocked to hear about Heavy D myself, Melisa! It really shook me. I admit that I’m not a huge rap fan, but Heavy D was one of the artist that I enjoyed. He had mad acting skills too. He was on a recent rerun of “Law and Order: SVU” a couple of weeks ago. He will certainly be missed. Thanks for sharing your feelings about his passing. His family is continuously in my thought and prayers.

Makeba Giles
Makeba Giles
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Greetings: Yes it was certainly a shock! I was not familiar with all of his music myself, but he did have quite a few songs that were very good and of high quality. I have not seen any acting roles of his–I’m going to have to keep an eye out for that SVU episode. I also heard that he has a cameo in the latest movie, “Tower Heist” — I may go check it out just to see him one last time. ~Thank you so much for commenting! 🙂

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