The Rapper You Could Bring Home to Mama

Heavy D, who died Tuesday at the age of 44, kept fans dancing -- and also kept it clean.

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Indeed, Heavy D was the rapper you could let your mother listen to without fear of offending her, and we all loved him for that.

Alvin Blanco is a Harlem, N.Y.-based freelance journalist and the author of The Wu-Tang Clan and RZA: A Trip Through Hip Hop's 36 Chambers (Hip Hop in America). Follow him on Twitter.

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