News: Notorious B.I.G. Wanted A 'Heavy' Duet LP, Says Lil Cease [Video]

Monday, Nov 14, 2011 4:05PM

Written by Rosario Harper

Following the unexpected passing of hip-hop veteran Heavy D last week, Junior M.A.F.I.A. rapper Lil Cease now claims there were plans for the "Overweight Lover" to link with late rap icon Notorious B.I.G. for a collaborative project.

According to Cease, B.I.G.'s fast rise to stardom sidelined the project.

"There was an immediate bond," Lil Cease tells XXL. "Hev was instrumental in getting Puff his first job so they had that connection through Diddy. But Hev always saluted [Big] like, 'Yo, you that next one. That next big man.' "Him and Big was doing the records, they was trying to do a whole project together," Cease continued. "Eventually, they was trying to work on a project together...After Big took off, it was hard for them to set up the schedules -- but, Big always had the idea in his head like, 'Yo, you know what? Me and Hev doing something together.' The relationship was there being around the whole Uptown situation." (XXL Mag)

Following his Heavy's death, Bad Boy Records' Diddy publicly expressed his sorrow.

"My Heart is Broken. Pls pray for my man Heavy D and his Family. Heavy D is the person who gave me my 1st chance in the music industry. He got me my internship at Uptown. He Believed when no one else did." (Diddy's Twitter)

Heavy's passing made headlines last Tuesday (November 8).

Rap legend Heavy D -- one of the most influential rappers of the '90s -- died earlier today ... TMZ has learned. Heavy D -- real name Dwight Arrington Myers -- was rushed to an L.A. hospital around noon today ... and was pronounced dead at the hospital at 1 PM. He was 44 years old. We've learned a 911 call was placed from Heavy's Beverly Hills home around 11:25 AM to report an unconscious male on the walkway . When help arrived, we're told Heavy D was conscious and speaking -- and was transported to a nearby hospital. He died a short time later. Cops are investigating the death -- and so far, there are no obvious signs of foul play. (TMZ)

The late rapper's funeral will be held this week in New York.

While the family waits for the autopsy results to confirm the cause of the 44-year-old's death, the viewing will take place this Thursday, Nov. 17 from noon to 6 p.m. The private funeral, which will be open to close family and friends only is set for Friday, Nov. 18. Both services will take place in the rapper's hometown in Mount Vernon, NY. Instead of flowers, the family is said to be asking for donations to the Heavy D and Xea Myers Fund. (BET)

Check out Lil Cease's interview down below:

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