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Heavy D Closes Out 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards

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Old-school rap veteran Heavy D closed out the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards ceremony with a special performance that took audiences back in time to ’90s. Behind a sign that read “The Return of the Big Cool,” Heavy D control the crowd with his infectious wordplays.

Dressed in all black, a svelte Heavy D performed a medley of his chart-topping hits including ‘I Aint Got Nothin’ But Love,’ ‘We Got Our Own Thing’ and ‘Somebody for Me.’ Heavy Hev was as nimble as ever as he and his crew The Boyz wowed the crowd with their choreographed dance moves. R&B crooner Tyrese made a surprise appearance during Hev’s rousing performance of the club anthem ‘Now That We’ve Found Love.’

There’s nothing wrong with the new school, but it’s always good to hear some old-school hip-hop. Heavy D. made the audience feel what it was ’90s. The Overweight Lover was indeed in the house!

Also, at the end of the ceremony, BET honored the late Slyvia Robinson, the co-founder of the influential rap label Sugar Hill Records, who passed away on Sept. 29 of congestive heart failure. If it wasn’t for her and her idea to record ‘Rapper’s Delight’ with the Sugarhill Gang, who knows where hip-hop will be today. Albeit brief, it was good to see the BET Hip-Hop Awards honor a pioneering figure in hip-hop.

Watch Heavy D Perform at the BET Hip-Hop Awards

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