The overweight lover was definitely in the house and he knew how to give the ladies nothing but love. Heavy D was one of Hip Hop’s most talented, positive, artistic, and influential rapper’s of all time. He was a big ball of inspiration and would take the coat off his back and give it to anyone without hesitation. To most people in the industry Heavy D was like a mentor, big brother, and a guy with a real big heart. To me he was the light skin guy that wore the matching sweat suits and tinted glasses. Heavy’s music brought melody, and a different sound to that no one had. If you grew up listening to Heavy then his music had to have played a significant role in your life.
Dwight Errington Myers (May 24, 1967 – November 8, 2011), better known as Heavy D, was a Jamaican-born American rapper, record producer, singer, actor, and former leader of Heavy D & the Boyz, a hip hop group which included dancers/background vocalists G-Whiz (Glen Parrish), “Trouble” T. Roy (Troy Dixon), and Eddie F (born Edward Ferrell). The group maintained a sizable audience in the United States through most of the 1990s. The five albums the group released were produced by Teddy Riley, Marley Marl, DJ Premier, and his cousin Pete Rock and Eddie F.
Myers was born on May 24, 1967 in Mandeville, Jamaica, the son of Eulahlee Lee, a nurse, and Clifford Vincent Myers, a machine technician. In the early 1970’s his family moved to Mount Vernon, New York, where he was raised. Heavy D & the Boyz were the first group signed to Uptown Records, with Heavy D as the frontman and only rapper. Eddie F was his business partner in the group, DJ, and one of the producers. The other two members, T-Roy and G-Wiz were the dancers. Their debut, Living Large, was released in 1987. The album was a commercial success; Big Tyme was a breakthrough that included four hits.
Dancer Troy “Trouble T. Roy” Dixon died at age 22 in a fall on July 15, 1990, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dixon’s death led to a tribute on the follow-up platinum album, Peaceful Journey, Pete Rock & CL Smooth created a tribute to Trouble T. Roy called “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y)” which is regarded as a hip hop classic.
Heavy D performed a guest rap on Janet Jackson’s hit single “Alright”. It was notably the first pop single to feature a rapper, setting the trend for future hip-hop and pop collaborations. It was also his highest peaking song on the Billboard Hot 100. A year later, he appeared on Michael Jackson’s single “Jam”. He gained even more fame by singing the theme song for the television program In Living Color and also MADtv. Heavy D then began focusing on his acting, appearing in various television shows before returning to the music charts with Nuttin’ But Love. After appearing in the off- Broadway play Riff Raff at Circle Repertory Company, Heavy D returned to recording with the hit Waterbed Hev. In 1997, Heavy D collaborated with B.B King on his duets album Deuces Wild, rapping in the song “Keep It Coming.” Heavy D was referred to in the song “Juicy” by the Notorious B.I.G., and appeared in his music video for “One More Chance.”
While still an artist at Uptown Records, Myers was instrumental in convincing Andre Harrell to originally hire Sean “Diddy” Combs for his first music business gig as an intern. Then, also to his credit, in the mid-1990s, Myers became the first rapper to head a major music label when he became the president of Uptown Records. During this time, Myers also developed the Rhythm and Blues boy band Soul For Real, and was the executive producer and principal writer of several songs on the group’s breakout album, Candy Rain. He later became senior vice president at Universal Music.
He fathered a daughter in 2000 during a relationship with chef Antonia Lofaso, a contestant on Top Chef.
“He will be remembered for his infectious optimism and many of his contributions to American Music” – Barack Obama
“When you look in the dictionary under the word loyal you should see Heavy’s face there hands down without a doubt” – Johnny Gill
“This gentle giant always will to help anyone who was in his path” -Al B. Sure
“Just watching him night after night go out and give it everything no matter what was inspiring to me artistic and just as a man that concept of one person one life at a time leaving your mark and creating your legacy” -Will Smith