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Heavy D Documentary Features Will Smith, Mary J. Blige

New documentary helps solidify rapper's legacy
Chris McKay

Heavy D's death last November left a void in the hip hop community beyond hits like "Now That We Found Love" and "We Got Our Own Thang." Dude mentored Queen Latifah, produced for Jay-Z, ran a successful label and even hired Diddy as an intern. So we're co-signing Be Inspired: The Life of Heavy D, a new documentary featuring testimonials by Will Smith, Mary J. Blige and Latifah premiering this Sunday on BET spinoff Centric TV.

The hour-long doc, whose title comes from the rapper's last tweet, will combine interviews with D's friends and peers with footage of his emotional funeral held in his native Mount Vernon, N.Y. The new jack swing pioneer never fully got the credit he deserved for his contributions to both R&B and hip hop, so it's documentaries like these that will hopefully enhance his legacy.

"He was an all-around good dude," says Public Enemy frontman Chuck D in the below clip. "When somebody's good, they stick around for a long time to your soul. That was totally Heavy D."

Chuck D on Heavy D 

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