He was an artist, songwriter, performer, producer and he left us way too soon. Dwight Arrington Myers, better known as Heavy D, first hit the scene in 1987. Armed with his three dancers G-Whiz, Eddie F., and “Trouble” T. Roy, Heavy D and The Boyz hit it big with their top ten R&B/Hip Hop album Living Large, featuring the singles “The Overweight Lover’s In The House” and “Mr. Big Stuff.” The group’s second album, Big Tyme, featured the singles, “Somebody for Me” “Gyrlz, They Love Me” and the new jack swingin’ “We Got Our Own Thang”. Big Tyme was an even greater commercial success, making it to number 19 on the Billboard 200 and number one on the R&B/Hip Hop chart. While blazing the top of the charts, Heavy D was a big hit on the stage as well, touring with the likes of Public Enemy, Digital Underground, and Queen Latifah.
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Heavy D showcased his rhymes on huge outside projects, including Michael Jackson’s “Jam”, Janet Jackson’s “Alright”, and the theme song for the hit television show In Living Color, as well as showcasing his compositional talent with the MAD TV theme song. In 1994, the overweight lover hit the charts once again with the singles “Black Coffee” and “Nuttin’ But Love.” In the mid-1990s he became the president of the label that gave him his start–Uptown Records, and later became the senior vice president of Universal Music.
Check out our Soul Train Hip Hop Gallery to see photos of hip-hop legend Heavy D on Soul Train over the years.
Montrose Cunningham is an independent funk/rock/soul artist and devoted music aficionado residing in Dallas, Texas. When he isn’t digging through the crates–digital and analog–he’s jamming with his band or hanging with his daughter; sometimes both at the same time. Purchase his latest release “Inertia” at www.MontroseMusic.com and on visit him online at Facebook.