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When Hip-Hop Was Happy; When Hip-Hop Was Heavy: R.I.P. Heavy D

Dwight Arrington Myers a.k.a. Heavy D. May 24, 1967 – November 8, 2011 (RIP)

It’s so unfortunate to see such a talented man pass away at such a young age. Dwight Arrington Myers, popularly known as Heavy D, was a Jamaican-born American actor, rapper, record producer, singer and former leader of Heavy D & the Boyz.

Heavy D & the Boyz were the group signed to Uptown Records. During the late-80’s and the early 1990’s, Heavy D’s music filled the airwaves. Heavy was always respected in the urban community because he brought a certain sort of sunshine into peoples’ lives. He kept things happy. His music was enjoyed by of all walks of life. He was the ladies man, and because of such, set an example of all that a man can be.

Another thing about Heavy D, which was sort of innovative, was that he was the first “overweight sex symbol.” Of course, we had the preceding legacy of the Fat Boys and what have you, but Heavy showed the urban world that you can be a little overweight and still be a ladies’ man.

Three of his albums – Big Tyme (1989), Peaceful Journey (1991) and Nuttin’ but Love (1994) – went platinum in the US.

In the early 1990s, he composed with the likes of Notorious BIG and Janet Jackson, cheekily branding the latter “a walking bank vault” on her hit single Alright.

His acting career took off, with appearances on TV shows such as Law & Order: SVU and Boston Public in the early 2000s. He also made select film appearances, with roles in The Cider House Rules and, most recently, alongside Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy in the comedy Tower Heist.  However, he continued to create music and his last album, Love Opus, was considered a return to form when it was released in September this year.

Blue Steel Magazine would like to send our condolences to the Myers’ family. Any thought of Heavy D. have always been a happy one and we support and send the love that he gave us during his lifetime. Stay Blessed!

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