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Heavy D Bio
Heavy D real names Dwight Arrington Myers, was a Jamaican-born American rapper, record producer, singer, 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 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.
Heavy D Age
Heavy D was born on May 24, 1967, in Mandeville, Manchester, Jamaica and died on November 8, 2011, at the age of 44 years old.
Heavy D Family
Dwight Arrington Myers was born 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 Wife
Antonia Lofaso is an American chef who has appeared on the reality TV shows Top Chef, Chopped, Cutthroat Kitchen and Restaurant Startup, among others. She owns the restaurants Black Market Liquor Bar, Scopa Italian Roots, and DAMA in Los Angeles, California.
Heavy D Daughter
Xea Myers is a producer, known for Crossed, Unsung (2008) and Be Inspired: The Life of Heavy D.
Heavy D Death/Cause of Death
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, “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.
Heavy D Career
Heavy D & the Boyz were the first groups 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. In the early 1990s, he is also credited[according to whom?] for convincing Harell to sign Jodeci. 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 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 a 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. Along with his castmates, he received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for best cast in a motion picture.
Heavy D Movies
1. The Cider House Rules
2. Step Up
3. Tower Heist
4. Big Trouble
6. New Jersey Drive
7. The Deli
9. Dallas 362
10. Black Listed
11. People: A Musical Celebration
13. Ballers: Street Dreams of the Rich and Famous
14. Shades of Soul: Too Much Drama
15. Happily Ever After Fairy Tales for Every ChildMTV Unplugged: Soul of R&B
Heavy D Songs
1. Now That We Found Love
2. Somebody for Me
3. The Overweight Lover’s in the house
4. Is It Good to You
5. We Got Our Own Thang
6. Mr. Big Stuff
7. Gyrlz, They Love Me
8. Big Daddy
9. Got Me Waiting
10. Nuttin’ But Love
11. Don’t Curse
12. Don’t You Know
13. Black Coffee
14. You Can’t See What I Can See
15. Moneyearnin’ Mount Vernon
17. More Bounce
18. Chunky But Funky
19. This Is Your Night
20. I’ll Do Anything
21. On Point
22. Who’s the Man?
23. A Bucha Niggas
24. Keep It Coming
25. Sex Wit You
26. Sister Sister
28. Mood For Love
29. Don’t Stop
30. Long Distance Girlfriend
31. Let It Flow
32. Talk Is Cheap
Heavy D Albums
1. Waterbed Hev
3. Love Opus
5. Hitch-Music From The Motion Picture
6. People: A Musical Celebration of Diversity
8. Cut Killer Show, Vol. 1
9. R&B Classic, Vol. 3
10. ’90s Soul Number 1’s
11. The New Jack Swing Collection, Vol. 2
12. The New Jack Swing Collection, Vol. 1
13. Let’s Get It On (The Album)
14. L’original clando (Numéro 8)
Heavy D Production Credits
2012 Life Is Good Nas Arranger, Producer
2011 Conquer Carl Thomas Producer
2010 Ministry of Sound Anthems: R&B Composer, Producer, Rap
2009 The Blueprint Collector’s Edition Jay-Z Producer
2008 The Point of It All Anthony Hamilton Audio Production, Producer, Strings
2007 Number 1’s: ’90 Soul Composer, Producer
2005 The B. Coming Beanie Sigel Audio Production, Producer
2003 Emosoul D.J. Rogers Jr. Producer, Programming
2003 Meet the Girl Next Door Lil’ Mo Producer
2003 Street Dreams Fabolous Producer
2003 The Blueprint 2.1 Jay-Z Producer
2003 Under Construction, Pt. II Timbaland & Magoo Producer
2002 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection Heavy D & the Boyz Composer, Producer
2002 The Blueprint²: The Gift & the Curse Jay-Z Producer
2001 BBD Bell Biv DeVoe Instrumentation, Producer, Programming
2001 Ballers: Street Dreams of the Rich and Famous Producer
2001 Face2Face Babyface Composer, Guest Artist, Keyboard Programming, Producer
2000 Emotional Carl Thomas Producer
1998 Destined to Be McGruff Composer, Executive Producer, Producer
1998 Kima, Keisha & Pam Total Composer, Producer
1998 Mo’hogany Monifah Composer, Producer
1998 U-N-I Vs. All Producer
1997 Groove Is in the Heart Executive Producer, Producer
1997 Party over Here ’98 DJ Doo-Wop Producer
1997 Sprung [Original Soundtrack] Producer
1997 Waterbed Hev Heavy D Composer, Primary Artist, Producer
1996 For Life Soul for Real Composer, Executive Producer, Producer, Rap
1996 Moods…Moments Monifah Composer, Executive Producer, Guest Artist, Producer, Rap, Vocals (Background)
1996 Rhythm of the Games: 1996 Olympic Games Album Producer
1996 Shawnie Ranx Shawnie Ranx Composer, Producer
1996 Uptown Records Block Party, Vol. 1 Performer, Producer
1996 Vybin’: Young Soul Rebels Producer
1996 You Monifah Producer
1995 Candy Rain Soul for Real Arranger, Composer, Executive Producer, Guest Artist, Producer
1995 Changing Faces Changing Faces Producer
1995 I Miss You [Single] Monifah Producer
1995 If You Want It Soul for Real Producer
1995 Money Train [Original Soundtrack] Producer
1995 New York Undercover Composer, Producer
1995 To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Composer, Producer
1994 Eddie F. Presents – Let’s Get It On: The Album Composer, Performer, Primary Artist, Producer, Vocal Arrangement, Vocals
1994 The Ultimate Hits ’94, Vol. 2 Producer
Heavy D Net Worth
Heavy D be having a net worth of $2 million, an amount he had mainly made from the show ‘Diesel brothers.’