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Pete Rock, Tony Dofat Remember Heavy D on His 45th Birthday

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On what would have been his 45th birthday (May 24), two of fallen rapper Heavy D‘s frequent collaborators, Pete Rock and Tony Dofat, spoke to The Urban Daily about his legacy, and his unexpected passing, remembering him fondly.

“He was an entertainer from when I was 9. He would come in the room and we would play Kraftwerk’s ‘Numbers’ and he would start popping to it. Pop locking to Kraftwerk,” said Dofat. “He was still chubby at 11 so when he’d dance his stomach would move under his T-shirt. We would just sit back and look at him and go ‘do it again, do it again.’ Every time he came over I’d ask him to dance to that record.”

Dofat, a childhood friend who went on to produce on several of Heavy D’s solo albums, including Waterbed Hev, Heavy, Vibes and his last album, Love Opus, also spoke about Hev’s own production prowess.

Legendary producer Pete Rock, who also worked with Heavy D throughout his career, also spoke highly of the “Now That We Found Love” rapper. He remembered their last session before Heavy D died on Nov. 8, 2011, as the result of a pulmonary embolism.

“It was the normal Heavy D session. The normal him wanting to make a perfect song. It was just dope,” Pete said. “God does things for a reason. He put me with him one last time to make music and hang out. So that was a great thing to be working with him again, not knowing it would the last time.”

Check out more of Pete Rock’s memories of Heavy D here.

Watch Heavy D’s “Nuttin’ But Love” Video

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