This past week, Hip Hop suffered another loss when one of Hip Hop’s earliest commercial success Heavy D suddenly passed away in his Los Angeles home. But Heavy D wasn’t just “the overweight lover” who knew how to busy on the mic; the man was also instrumental in paving the paths for the likes of Mary J. Blige, his cousing Pete Rock and former intern Sean “Diddy” Combs. So Complex came through for the fans with an in-depth obituary honoring one of Hip Hop’s smartest executives and earliest major stars.
Complex didn’t stop there with paying homage to the late great Heavy D. Complex’s Rob Kenner managed to catch up with Heavy D just before his sudden death to discuss his most recent release, September’s R&B flavored affair Love Opus, and his career as one of Hip Hop’s most iconic emcees. It’s a fascinating and honest interview, and given the suddenness of his passing, it’s a fitting reminder as to why Heavy D was so important to Hip Hop.
When Wale’s debut album Attention: Deficit failed to impress critics and bricked on the Billboard charts, fans were left wondering whether the Washington D.C. rapper was an example of the hype machine at work. But everyone gets a second chance, and Wale made sure his counted, realigning himself with Rozay’s Maybach Music Group and going on to sell close to 200,000 copies of his sophomore album Ambition. To celebrate, Complex decided to detail Wale’s reemergence as a major player in Hip Hop.
Wale isn’t the only new era rapper with an anticipated fourth quarter sophomore release; Young Money superstar Drake is gearing up for the release of Take Care for this Tuesday November 15. In preparation of this release, GQ decided to catch up with Drizzy’s frequent audio architect and collaborator Noah “40” Shebib to discuss working with the star rapper/singer and how the two first connected over R&B. This one’s a must-read for those looking forward to Drake’s latest project.