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I Wasn’t Old Enough To Love the 80s/Early 90s WEEK!

Forget loving the 80s. I wasn’t cognizant enough to really enjoy the music of the 80s or early 90s as it was debuting. I remember my oldest sister loving New Edition and Bobby Brown and by default I loved them. I can still remember the video for “N.E. Heartbreak” and also how inexplicably uncomfortable I was of Bobby Brown’s overt sexuality once he decided to go solo. Of course, at that time I didn’t know why, I just thought he was nasty. Oh, Kindergarden.

Recently, my mind has been craving a distinct sort of sonic relief these days which isn’t necessarily surprising but somewhat unexpected.

Gyrlz, They Love Me – Heavy D and The Boyz

Heavy D was born Dwight Myers in Jamaica before later moving to Mount Vernon, New York. Twenty years later he released his debut album Living Large with the help of The Boyz: Glen “G-Whiz” Parrish, Edward “DJ Eddie F” Ferrell and – Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth’s inspiration for the track “T.R.O.Y” – Troy “Trouble T. Roy” Dixon. Heavy D and The Boyz were Uptown Records first artist to sign in 1987 and actually stayed with the label for seven years to release five albums; three of which went platinum.

Gyrlz, They Love Me – Heavy D and The Boyz


“Gyrlz, They Love Me” was released in 1990 on their second album Big Tyme which was produced by Teddy Riley, Marley Marl, Al. B Sure and Heavy D’s cousin Pete Rock. The album itself made it to number one on the R&B and Hip-Hop album charts while the single itself only made it to #24 on the R&B charts and #4 on the Hip-Hop charts.

And 19 years later, it’s still the jam.




About Etta Strange

Writer, obsessive audiophile, secret bedroom DJ, local daydreamer with more books than shelf space. I'm stockpiling for the inevitable drought. Let's collaborate.

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