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Heavy D & the Boyz

  • Big Tyme [MCA, 1989] B-
  • Peaceful Journey [Uptown/MCA, 1991] *
  • Heavy Hitz [MCA, 2000] ***

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Big Tyme [MCA, 1989]
He's got a smooth, rhythmic delivery. He knows his beats and cliches, assigning Teddy and Marley to set the bait and his own DJ to pull in the lines. Although he doesn't always use his vocabulary very precisely and isn't above "happy like a faggot in jail," he rarely pumps the boasts or sexism all the way to wack. He even samples Martin Luther King. In short, he knows the right people and does the right things. Which is never enough. B-

Peaceful Journey [Uptown/MCA, 1991]
groovemaster, fast talker, all-around nice guy ("I Can Make You Go Oooh") *

Heavy Hitz [MCA, 2000]
One track is the "b-side of 'Don't Curse,' " everything else the A side, and more seductive for it ("The Overweight Lover's in the House," "Black Coffee"). ***