View Photo Gallery: Heavy D, a rapper who rose to stardom in the late-’80s and continued to be a force in hip-hop through the ’90s, passed away Tuesday at the age of 44.

- Rapper Heavy D is being mourned after passing away at the age of 44 on Tuesday. The New York Times called him “a girthy slickster who was an eager seducer and was unafraid of the dance floor.” The L.A. Times obituary has a quote from the paper’s 1991 profile in which he said, “I'm not one of those pop guys. That's for wimps like Vanilla Ice." Billboard compiled his top 10 hits. MTV offers its own essential playlist.

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