Thursday, June 12, 2014

Hip Hop Nostalgia 101, Session 35, A 25 Year Retrospective: Heavy D & The Boyz' "Big Tyme" (1989)

After their 1987 debut, "Livin Large", Heavy D, "Trouble" T-Roy, G-Whiz, and DJ Eddie F returned in 89 with their second album, "Big Tyme".


Release date: June 12, 1989


1. We Got Our Own Thang
Produced By: Teddy Riley

 Classic opener here. Hev and the boyz definitely had their own style compared to other artists at the time, and there was never anything wrong with that. Looking back, I consider this kind of an unofficial start to the "New Jack Swing" sound that would emerge (thanks to Mr. Riley and all involved for that as well). (Likely due to Hev's untimely death on November 8, 2011, this song has been placed back into rotation on two of my local radio stations.)
*Grade- A+




2. You Ain't Heard Nuttin Yet
Produced By: DJ Eddie F 

 
A VERY good song, featuring a dope beat and Hev coming off as smooth and confident, all the while having fun at the same time.
Grade- A



3. Somebody For Me (Featuring Al B. Sure!)
Produced By: DJ Eddie F and Nevelle
Co-Produced By: Heavy D and Al B. Sure! 

Hev makes the case for the type of woman he wants. Simply put, someone for him. Don't be fooled that men don't know what they want, lol, because Hev was one of the first to debunk that theory on record (after LL of course). Another classic (still sounds GOOD on a system too), and when I bump it today, I always think of the Fresh Prince of Bel Air episode where Will Smith played this for Uncle Phil's grandma and watched her dance! Ah, THE memories and nostalgia.
Grade- A+




4. Mood For Love
Produced By: DJ Eddie F
Co-Produced By: Heavy D and DJ Pete Rock

 On this apply titled song, Hev brings some reggae flava to the set, essentially over Just Ice's "Going Way Back" instrumental.
*Grade- C


5. EZ Duz It, Do It EZ
Produced By: Marley Marl

The Juice Crew's Marley Marl shows up for the first of three tracks on this album, allowing Hev to bring more mellowness, making it seem easy in the process.
*Grade- B


6. A Better Land
Produced By: Heavy D
Co-Produced By: Pete Rock

The message here is clear, simple, and effective: it's all about making this world we live in a better place. Songs like this are one of many things missing in hip hop today, and it wasn't rare to find hip hop artists speaking on the subject, whether it was in our communities, schools, politics, you name it. Even with its message, the song still makes you bob your head as you listen. Great stuff.
*Grade- A+




7. Girlz, They Love Me
Produced By: Marley Marl

Hev: "Girlz they, girlz they love me".
The girlz: "Cause he's the overweight lover Heavy D!"


Hev's charisma was on full display here, talking about how much love the girlz had for him over an unmistakable, classic track by Marley Marl.
*Grade- A+




8. More Bounce
Produced By: DJ Eddie F
Co-Produced By: Heavy D

Sample check #1


Sample check #2


Loyal reader, I was bouncing listen to this as I was preparing this session, lol. The offerings by Parliament and Roger & Zapp were already classics at this point, so anytime they were sampled in hip hop, especially the latter, you were guaranteed something dope.
Grade- A




 9. Big Tyme
Produced By: DJ Eddie F
Co-Produced By: Pete Rock

 Very good title track. This described Hev and the boyz in a nutshell.
Grade- B


10. Flexin
Produced By: DJ Eddie F

  Hev was flexin, but not in a hardcore, gangsta way, but rather in a fun, party oriented style. Can't do nothing but bob your head and dance to this.
*Grade- B+


11. Here We Go Again, Y'all
Produced By: Marley Marl

 Good song here, nothing more or less
*Grade- B


12. Let It Flow
Produced By: DJ Eddie F
Co-Produced By: Heavy D and DJ Pete Rock

 The album closes as dope as it begins. Hev indeed "goes to work" on this one, picking up his flow a bit and keeping up with the beat.
Grade- B+




 I had fun revisiting this and that was one of the main points of this album, to see that you have fun as well as enjoy the music. I've always liked a lot of things about Heavy D, but what stands out to me the most is no matter what his size was, he stayed true to himself and never branched out, so to speak, to be something he wasn't. He had fun, he was charismatic, smooth/mellow at times, and man this guy could DANCE WELL for someone his size, a truly talented individual. This album had something for everyone, whether it was hip hop, R&B, reggae, maybe a little jazz thrown in for good measure, so you'd be hard pressed to not enjoy this. It came out at a time when hip hop was still evolving and it was a perfect balance with everything else that was emerging, and again, we don't see this type of balance (or fun) today. VERY good album.


Final Grade- A

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