Heavy D Enlists Big Pun, Eightball, Puff Daddy For New Solo Album

After producing recent records from Monifah and McGruff, well-versed rapper Heavy D has returned to the studio to concentrate on his own new solo album, tentatively titled "Heavy."

Executive producing the record will be one of Heavy's biggest fans, Sean "Puffy" Combs, who has openly-touted the rapper's work in interviews. Other coming out in support for Heavy's first album since 1997's "Waterbed Hev" include Big Punisher, Eightball, Chico DeBarge and Cee-Lo from Goodie Mob.

Heavy D has also finished work in a pair of films, and will appear in both the Martin Lawrence-Eddie Murphy prison comedy "The Life" as well as "The Cider House Rules," featuring Tobey Maguire and R&B singer Erykah Badu. D has played himself in several flicks, dating back to 1993's "Who's the Man," but took his first straight part in 1997 for "The Deli."

"The Life" is due out on April 16, while "The Cider House Rules" isn't expected to arrive on screens until sometime this winter.