heavy d. and the boyz

I’m ready for long days, fresh fruit, dewy skin, and love

I didn’t mean to turn you on - Cherrelle / rock steady - The Whispers / forget me nots - Patrice Rushen / Yuiko Tsukabora - tsukanoma yotogi bito/ Odyssey - Inside Out / get it up - The Time / you are in my system - The System / dress down - Kaoru Akimoto / circles - Atlantic Starr / nights (feel like getting down) - Billy Ocean / just a touch of love - Slave / bay city - Junko Yagami / I’m your baby tonight - Whitney Houston / somebody for me - Heavy D & The Boyz / you called and told me - Jeff Red / broken eyes - Mariko Tone / I can’t wait - Nu Shooz / every little step - Bobby Brown / Saturday love - Cherrelle

Tom Holland 90s Rap playlist

Tom Holland revealed that he loves 90s rap music and as somebody who grew up to (and still listens to) 90s rap, I knew I had to make a playlist! It’s kinda long but enjoy! 

Regulate - Warren G , Nate Dogg
Straight Outta Compton - N.W.A.
It’s Tricky - Run- D.M.C.
Paul Revere - Beastie Boys
Joy and Pain - Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock
Now That We Found Love - Heavy D and the Boyz, Aaron Hall
Cars That Go Boom - L’Trimm
Doin’ It - LL Cool J
Going Back to Cali - LL Cool J
Tonite - DJ Quik
Sometimes I Rhyme Slow - Nice and Smooth
I’ll Do 4 U - Father MC 
Mo Money Mo Problems - The Notorious B.I.G.
None of Your Business - Salt N Pepa
Hip Hop Hooray - Naughty by Nature
The Humpty Dance - Digital Underground
Don’t Believe the Hype - Public Enemy
Informer - Snow
Mind Playing Tricks on Me - Geto Boys
Tha Crossroads - Bone Thug-N-Harmony
Gin and Juice - Snoop Dogg
O.P.P. - Naughty by Nature
Back to the Hotel - N2DEEP


On this day in music history: September 11, 1993 - “Dreamlover” by Mariah Carey hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 8 weeks, peaking at #2 on the R&B singles chart on the same date, also topping the Club Play chart for 1 week on October 16, 1993. Written by Mariah Carey and Dave “Jam” Hall, it is the seventh chart topping single for the singer and songwriter from Huntington, L.I., NY. After the multi-platinum success of her self-titled debut, “Emotions”, and the “MTV Unplugged EP”, Mariah Carey begins work on her third full length album in the late Summer of 1992. For her new album, one of the producers Carey collaborate with, is Dave “Jam” Hall, best known for his work with artists such as Mary J. Blige, Heavy D. & The Boyz, and Brand Nubian. The pair begin writing together and wanting to incorporate some hip hop flavor into the material, they listen to sample loops and decide on one in particular. Carey and Hall write “Dreamlover” around a sample of The Emotions song “Blind Alley”, a track from the group’s 1971 album “Untouched”, written by legendary Memphis Soul songwriter and producer David Porter (“Soul Man”, “Hold On, I’m Comin’”). The song is first sampled on Big Daddy Kane’s classic “Ain’t No Half Steppin’” in 1988, and also by LL Cool J on the single “Pink Cookies In A Plastic Bag Getting Crushed By Buildings” also in 1993. Writing a new melody and lyrics, the song comes together quickly. Issued as the first single from “Music Box” on July 27, 1993, it is an instant smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #40 on August 7, 1993, it leaps to the top of the chart five weeks later. “Dreamlover” is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

Today in Black Music History for October 19th

1944 - Singer George McCrae, known for disco hit “Rock Your Baby”, is born in West Palm Beach, Florida

1967 - Trouble T Roy, a hip-hop dancer with Heavy D and the Boyz, is born Troy Dixon in Mount Vernon, New York

1974 - Billy Preston’s “Nothing From Nothing", the first musical number featured on Saturday Night Live, becomes Preston’s final number one single on Billboard’s Hot 100

1988 - Son House, the pioneer of an innovative guitar style featuring strong, repetitive rhythms, often played with the aid of slide guitar, dies from complications of cancer of the larynx at the age of 86

1995 - Jazz cornet player Don Cherry, whose career began with a long association with saxophonist Ornette Coleman, dies due to liver failure caused by hepatitis at the age of 58


On this day in music history: September 25, 1981 - “Mama Used To Say” by Junior is released (US release is on December 11, 1981). Written by Norman “Junior” Giscombe and Bob Carter, it is the debut single and biggest hit for the R&B singer and songwriter from London, UK. The son of Jamaican parents, Norman Washington Giscombe is born in Wandsworth, London in 1957. Nicknamed “Junior”, Giscombe displays singing and performing talent from an early age, and is encouraged by his parents to pursue his interest in music. Singing in various bands beginning in his teens, he receives his first major break in the music business when he is hired as a background vocalist for the UK R&B band Linx (“You’re Lying”, “Intuition”) in 1980. Also harboring an ambition to establish himself as a solo act, Junior begins writing songs with keyboardist Bob Carter. The songs lead to him signing a contract with Mercury/Phonogram Records in the UK in 1981. Among the material the duo come up with includes the infectious and funky “Mama Used To Say”. Recorded at Scorpio and Good Earth Studios in London in mid 1981, the track features Carter on keyboards and backing vocals along with Linx drummer Andy Duncan, Keith Wilkinson (later of Squeeze) (bass), A.T. Wilmhurst (guitars), Chris Hunter (saxophones) and Guy Barker (trumpet, flugelhorn). Issued as a single in the UK in the Fall of 1981, initially “Mama Used To Say” falls flat and does not chart. Though the US branch of Mercury Records sees the songs’ hit potential, hiring legendary American club DJ Tee Scott (Better Days) to remix the song. Issued in the US in December of 1981, it quickly leaps off of club dance floors on to R&B radio. Entering the Billboard R&B singles chart at #86 on January 16, 1982, it races up the chart, spending two weeks at #2 beginning on April 17, 1982 behind Stevie Wonder’s smash “That Girl”. The single also peaks at #4 on the Billboard Club Play chart, crossing over on the Hot 100, peaking at #30 on April 24, 1982. Off the back of its US chart success, Mercury/Phonogram reissues “Mama Used To Say” with the edited version Tee Scott’s remix, and it shoots to #7 on the UK singles chart on May 30, 1982. The single also puts Junior’s debut album “Ji” on the R&B and pop album charts (#15 R&B, #71 Pop). Scoring another hit with the follow up “Too Late” (#8 R&B, #20 UK), Junior’s time in the spotlight is relatively brief in the US, though he continues to have chart hits in his home country through the rest of the 80’s. Acknowledged as an R&B and club classic, “Mama Used To Say” has been sampled numerous times and interpolated into R&B and Hip Hop songs. Artists sampling or borrowing hooks from the song include Warren G., Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Positive K., Heavy D. & The Boyz, Shinehead, The Jungle Brothers and Double Dee & Steinski among them.


Heavy D., no longer with us, dead at 44.