Guest Star: "We Have To Stop Waiting For People To Die Before Showing Our True Love"
Friday, Dec 2, 2011 4:15PM
[After paying homage to late rap veteran Heavy D at last weekend's Soul Train Awards, Naughty By Nature reflect on their heartfelt tribute and the Overweight Lover's impact on their lives.]
Heavy D was just [returning to the music scene] and he was killing everyone with his performances. That's another thing, we come up from the era of showmanship, so Heavy D blessed us with that iconic performance at the BET Hip Hop Awards and I had seen him about a year prior at a party. He saw that I had posted a picture from when we were at the "Jam" music video with Michael Jackson, so Heav asked me to e-mail it to him and I took his e-mail and sent him the picture. I was just looking forward to even touring with Heavy because we do a lot of the old school shows and Heav would have definitely fit in to a lot of those shows. He was taken from us a bit too soon and he always supported us. -Vin Rock
Heavy was like a big brother. He didn't have to know you and you didn't have to be famous. When I met him, I wasn't famous. He knew me from [my association with] Queen Latifah and I was rolling with 2Pac on tour because he knew about Digital Underground. When we met up, Heavy D was kicking it with us at sound checks and parties and afterparties. Everybody chilled and he was just filled with all the good things. He was just happy-go-lucky, funny and he'd go on stage and you'd think he would go on stage, kick his rhyme in one spot but Heavy was moving around, light on his feet like he was a boxer. He was just one of those big boys that was always moving around. I would look at him and think, "I can't even do those moves." His lyrics were so crazy too. A lot of people who know how to make lyrics can't make songs and the people that know how to put the production together don't really know how to make songs. Heavy knew how to put a song together and really entertain you. He was really what made up a real entertainer. -Treach
At the end of the day we have to change it up and stop waiting for people to die before showing our true love for people. Heavy has been around for years and years and years. Heavy's still been active even before he passed away. I think that people need to show support for them as they're going along and not wait until the pass away which is the natural thing to do even when they pass but before that, let's start showing people more support while they're here so they can see it and appreciate it personally. We've been showing love since day one. One of the things I can tell you is that I don't drink and I don't curse, so Heavy would always tell me (and it's ironic because he had the record "Don't Curse") every time I would see him, "Hey Kay, let me just hear you say one curse. Just say one of them." As soon as he'd see me, he'd always try to get me to curse. Heavy was just a giant and we're always going to remember him. -DJ Kay Gee
Naughty by Nature are a Grammy Award-winning American hip hop trio from East Orange, New Jersey that at the time of its formation in 1989 consisted of Treach, Vin Rock, and the DJ Kay Gee. They are known for being one of the few rap acts who were able to balance success on the pop charts with hardcore rap credibility.
Check out Naughty By Nature's Heavy D Soul Train Awards tribute below: