A few days ago I reported on the sad and way-to-soon passing of rap legend Heavy D (Dwight Arrington Myers) and now that the realization really has sunk in, the tributes are starting to come. Busta Rhymes released a track called "When I'm Gone" (which was supposedly a tribute to the man but more sounded like Busta shamelessly self-promoting his own legacy with lines like "You don't have to wait til' I'm gone to celebrate me..." amongst other inappropriate lines), Statik Selektah conceived a nice blend of Heavy D's "Nothing But Love" over Pete & CL's classic "T.R.O.Y." which was a fitting tribute considering the latter was a dedication to Heavy D & The Boyz late dancer T-Roy.
But the most interesting and worthy tribute to the big man so far in my opinion is DJ Premier's fourty-five minutes set on the wheels of steel in honor of the man and his music. Lots of choice cuts on here, skillfully mixed and plenty of raw turntablism which makes this a winner. If you're not too familiar with Heavy's work since befor, this is a great way to start as Preem focuses on the choice cuts only. Spotted @ DJPB where you can also choose to stream the entire session (click the DJPB link) if that's what you prefer.