Heavy D and the Boyz hit the streets tomorrow with their fourth Uptown/MCA release, “Blue Funk,” an album reflecting an almost autobiographical tone and inspired by an obscure Bob Marley tune, “Talking Blues.”The 13-track disc (all penned by Heavy D) includes production from Pete Rock, DJ Premier of Gang Starr, Tony Dofat, Jesse West and Uptown A&R exec Sean “Puffy” Combs. Although denying that “Blue Funk” is a concept album, Heavy D (aka Dwight Myers) reveals large parts of himself in interviews that introduce several cuts. The subject of his oldest brother’s death is addressed as the preface to “Another Day in the Ghetto,” as well as such serious issues as the importance of black women in the community, self-respect and a warning against materialism. “(This will) allow more intimacy and allow my fans to see me (better),” said Heavy D, who also seeks “the respect and admiration from my fans as well as my peers.” Album retains his throaty, funk-influenced baritone, particularly on first single, “Who’s the Man.” Heavy D has launched his own label/production company, Music IV Life.
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