Living Large

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Living Large
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Studio album by Heavy D & the Boyz
Released October 27, 1987
Recorded 1986-1987
Genre New jack swing[1]
Length 44:18
Label Uptown Records
Producer DJ Eddie F
Teddy Riley
Marley Marl
Heavy D & the Boyz chronology
Living Large
(1987)
Big Tyme
(1989)

Living Large is the debut studio album by American hip hop group Heavy D & the Boyz. The album was released on October 27, 1987.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
RapReviews 7.5/10[3]

The album was released in 1987 for Uptown Records and was produced by names such as DJ Eddie F (tracks 2, 7-9), Teddy Riley (tracks 3-8, 10-11, 13), and Marley Marl (1, 12). The album was a success for the group, reaching number 92 on the Billboard 200 and number 10 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It sold over 300,000 copies.[4] Though not a commercial success when it first was released, Living Large is today considered to be a classic. Three singles were released, "Mr. Big Stuff", "The Overweight Lover's In The House" and "Don't You Know".

In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums Ever.[5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Overweight Lover's in the House"- 3:37
  2. "Nike"- 2:04
  3. "Chunky But Funky" (Remix)- 4:02
  4. "Dedicated"- 4:16
  5. "Here We Go"- 3:42
  6. "On the Dance Floor"- 2:54
  7. "Moneyearnin' Mount Vernon"- 3:33
  8. "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me"- 2:11
  9. "Overweighter"- 3:15
  10. "I'm Getting Paid"- 3:28
  11. "Rock the Bass"- 3:49
  12. "Mr. Big Stuff" (Remix)- 3:22
  13. "Don't You Know" feat. Al B. Sure!- 4:21

Samples[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1987) Peak
position
Billboard Pop Albums[6] 92
Billboard Top Soul Albums[6] 10

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions[7]
US
R&B
1987 "Mr. Big Stuff" 60
1988 "Don t You Know" 12

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eddy, Chuck (March 2011). "Essentials: R&B Rubs Hip-Hop the Right Way and the New Jack Swing Era Is Born". Spin (New York): 84. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
  2. ^ Huey, Steve. Heavy D & the Boyz: Living Large > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 28 September 2011.
  3. ^ link > Review |first=Steve|last=Juon|accessdate=28 November 2011
  4. ^ George, Nelson (February 20, 1988). "Rap Breaks Through To Majors" (PDF). Billboard (Billboard Publications, Inc.) 100 (8): 82. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved April 26, 2015. 
  5. ^ "100 Best Rap Albums". The Source (New York) (#100). January, 1998. ISSN 1063-2085. Retrieved November 24, 2007.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ a b "Heavy D & the Boyz US albums chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  7. ^ "Heavy D & the Boyz US singles chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-09-28.