Dwight Arrington Myers (May 24, 1967 – November 8, 2011), better known as Heavy D, was a Jamaican-born American rapper, record producer, singer and actor. Myers was the former leader of Heavy D & the Boyz, a group which included dancers/background vocalists G-Whiz (Glen Parrish), "Trouble" T. Roy (Troy Dixon), and DJ and producer 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, his cousin Pete Rock, and Eddie F. Myers also released four solo albums and discovered Soul for Real and Monifah.
|Birth name||Dwight Arrington Myers|
|Born||May 24, 1967|
|Origin||Mount Vernon, New York, United States|
|Died||November 8, 2011 (aged 44)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Dwight Arrington Myers was born on May 24, 1967 in Mandeville, Manchester, Jamaica, the son of nurse Eulahlee Lee and machine technician Clifford Vincent Myers. In the early 1970s, his family moved to Mount Vernon, New York, where he was raised. In an interview, his mother stated that he spent most of his childhood hanging out with his brother Floyd and his childhood friend Mo.
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. "Trouble T. Roy" died at age 22 in a fall on July 15, 1990, in Indianapolis. 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.
In 1989, Heavy D performed a guest rap on Janet Jackson's hit single "Alright", an early example of rap appearances on pop songs. It was also the highest peaking song which he had performed on in the Billboard Hot 100. In 1992 he appeared on Michael Jackson's single "Jam", and also gained a higher profile 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. He became the president of Uptown Records. During this time, Myers also developed the 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. As an actor, Heavy D is perhaps best known for his role in the 1999 drama film The Cider House Rules, where he plays a migrant worker. He fathered a daughter in 2000 with chef Antonia Lofaso, a contestant on the fourth season of Top Chef.
Heavy D's final live performance was with Eddie F at the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards on October 11, 2011, their first live televised performance together in 15 years. Myers died on November 8, 2011, in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 44. He collapsed outside his home in Beverly Hills, California, and was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. His death was initially thought to be connected to pneumonia. An autopsy report, released on December 27, 2011, stated that the cause of death was a pulmonary embolism (PE). The coroner's office found that Myers died of a PE that had broken off from a deep vein thrombosis in the leg. He also suffered from heart disease. Craig Harvey, chief of the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner, said that the blood clot that resulted in the PE was "most likely formed during an extended airplane ride". Heavy D had recently returned from a trip to Cardiff, Wales, where he performed at a tribute to Michael Jackson.
Shortly after his death, MC Hammer and others paid tribute to Heavy D on Twitter. Hammer tweeted that, "We had a lot of great times touring together. He had a heart of gold. He was a part of what's good about the world." His funeral was held at Grace Baptist Church in his hometown of Mount Vernon, New York. He was buried in Hartsdale, New York. On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Heavy D & the Boyz among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.
With Heavy D and The BoyzEdit
- A Different World episode "Delusions of Daddyhood"
- Roc (recurring)
- Tales from the Crypt episode "On a Deadman's Chest"
- Living Single, 3 episodes: "Thanks for Giving", "If the Crew Fits", and "Do You Take This Man's Wallet?",
- Boston Public episode Chapter Fifteen [aired February 26, 2001]
- The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, 2 episodes: "Someday Your Prince Will Be In Effect" (Parts 1 & 2) aired October 29, 1990. (Will and his Grandma also went to a Heavy D concert in the eighteenth episode of the first season, "The Young and the Restless".)
- The Earth Day Special
- Bones episodes "A Boy in a Tree", "A Man on Death Row" and "The Man in the Fallout Shelter"
- Tyler Perry's House of Payne episode "Dream Girls"
- Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Personal Fouls"
- Yes, Dear
- Are We There Yet? Season 2 Episode 25, 2011
- In Living Color Season 2 Episode 20
- Booker episode "Mobile Home" (1990)
- Waynehead episode "Botswana Aki And The Hydrant of Doom" (1996)
- "We Got Our Own Thang" - James Brown "Funky President", James Brown "My Thang", CJ & Co "We Got Our Own Thing"
- "You a'int heard Nuttin' Yet" - James Brown "It's a Man's Man's World", Lyn Collins"Think"
- "More Bounce" - Zapp "More Bounce to the Ounce"
- "Somebody for Me" - Big Daddy Kane - Word to The Motherland
- "Here We Go Again Y'all" - JB's "Pass the Peas"
- "A Better Land" - Main Ingredient "Everybody Plays the Fool"
- Cuda, Heidi Sigmund Keeping it reel. Vibe ("born Dwight Arrington Myers")
- Samuels, Anita M. (January 12' 1996). Heavy D, the C.E.O. Archived June 30, 2017, at the Wayback Machine New York Times
- Caramanica, Jon (November 8, 2011). "Heavy D, Smooth Rap Star, Dies at 44". The New York Times. Archived from the original on June 30, 2017.
- allmusic Biography
- "Heavy D Biography (1967–)". Filmreference.com. Archived from the original on November 10, 2011. Retrieved November 8, 2011.
- "Heavy D". The Daily Telegraph. November 9, 2011. Archived from the original on June 14, 2017. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
- Caramanica, Jon (November 8, 2011). "Heavy D, Smooth-Talking Hip-Hop Star, Dies at 44". The New York Times. Retrieved November 8, 2011.
- "Heavy D- The Overweight Lover to Notorious B.I.G. – DJsRock.com – Free Mixtapes – Hip Hop Website". DJ's Rock. April 19, 2012. Archived from the original on April 19, 2014. Retrieved April 16, 2014.
- "Rapper Heavy D Dead at 44". Billboard. November 8, 2011. Archived from the original on August 31, 2014. Retrieved April 16, 2014.
- Shapiro, T. Rees (November 9, 2011). "Heavy D, hip-hop's self-described 'overweight lover,' dies at 44". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on December 4, 2011. Retrieved November 14, 2011.
- Kennedy, Gerrick D.; Jackson, Nate (November 9, 2011). "Heavy D dies at 44; singer who shaped rap music". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on November 15, 2011. Retrieved November 14, 2011.
- "girl on guy 77: top chef antonia lofaso – Girl On Guy". girlonguy.net. Archived from the original on March 17, 2013. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
- Sean Michaels (November 9, 2011). "Rapper and actor Heavy D dies aged 44". The Guardian. London. Archived from the original on December 30, 2013. Retrieved November 9, 2011.
- Angel Jennings (December 27, 2011). "Heavy D died from blood clot, coroner finds". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on December 28, 2011. Retrieved December 28, 2011.
- "Mc Hammer | Tributes Pour in For Rapper Heavy D". Contactmusic.com. Archived from the original on March 17, 2013. Retrieved October 17, 2012.
- Rosen, Jody (June 25, 2019). "Here Are Hundreds More Artists Whose Tapes Were Destroyed in the UMG Fire". The New York Times. Retrieved June 28, 2019.
- "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Episode Guide". epguides.com. May 14, 2005. Archived from the original on July 30, 2012. Retrieved April 14, 2012.