Rapper Heavy D speaks during the 51st Annual Grammy awards pre-telecast show held at the Staples Center on February 8, 2009 in Los Angeles

*As a memorial for Heavy D is being prepared for Friday in his Mount Vernon, NY hometown, we are remembering a poignant quote from the rap star that took place during an interview in 2002.

It sums up the kind of father he was to his daughter, the kind of son he was to his parents and how as a human being he came to realize what’s really important in life.

Heav sat down with us to promote his film “Big Trouble,” but the conversation eventually swung to more personal topics. He discussed the importance of providing for his daughter in the event of his death, and how the loss of his two older brothers and three close friends made him appreciate “every moment’ of his life.

He puts it all in context by first explaining how his love of material things slowly matured from the early days of his career, when he experienced sudden fame and fortune as a teen rap star.

Heavy D from 2002 on what’s most important in life by CherieNic