Heavy D is just one of the surprise performers at the BET Hip Hop Awards 2011. The so-called Overweight Lover was one of hip hop's biggest crossover acts in the late '80s through the '90s, blending rap with R&B, reggae and dance music. Also a sharp dancer and a skilled actor, he later became a respected label exec. Click on for just some of the notable moments in Heavy D's storied career.
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