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It really can't be any other way, can it? Heavy D died yesterday, causes, at the moment, unknown. When I think about Hev, I think about a rapper that toward the end of my tenure in hip-hop, basically disappeared. I don't know that Hev was the illest, but he epitomized a kind of broadness which hip-hop had in the late 80s and early 90s. 


I really wanted to post "Don't Curse." But I don't really know how you can't go with "Somebody For Me." RIP Big Hev. You were the rapper all our mothers loved.

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