HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA.com) — A Los Angeles-based musician said he lost 250 pounds on a so-called “99 Cents Only Store Diet.”

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Papa Joe Aviance, known for the song “Last Night a DJ Saved My Life”, moved to Hollywood in 2002 and was dubbed the next Biggie Smalls by a record company due to his 450-pound frame.

“I didn’t want to be pigeonholed into that anymore,” he said. “I saw how big I was and I couldn’t believe it.”

Aviance, who was unemployed, said he couldn’t afford a fancy diet.

“So, basically, I went to the fridge and threw out everything that was going to get in my way. Everything. Cookies, candy, chips, everything,” he said.

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Aviance also wasn’t able to go to an expensive gym.

“I said, ‘What is the easiest exercise that I can do?’ And walking was it,” he said.

Aviance started to walk around the block. He then walked to the 99 Cents Only Store, where the low-calorie items cost less than anywhere else.

“It’s a dollar. Ninety-nine cents. You can’t beat it,” he said.

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Along with the exercise, Aviance said the produce section produced the body shape he wanted.