Dwight Myers (born May 24, 1967), better known as Heavy D,
is a Jamaican American rapper, singer and former leader of Heavy
D & the Boyz,
a hip hop group which included 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.
He has recently ventured into reggae music and can now be described
as a reggae fusion artist.
Myers was born on May 24, 1967 in Jamaica. His family moved to Mount
Vernon, New York, when he was a young child.
Heavy D & the Boyz were the first group signed to Uptown Records;
their debut, Living Large, was released in 1987. The album was a
commercial success, though 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 passing 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 & the Boyz gained even more fame by singing the theme
song for the television program In Living Color and also MADtv, and
Heavy D performed the rap on Michael Jackson's hit single "Jam." However,
the group's next album, Blue Funk, was not marketed as well as their
previous albums, but is widely viewed as an underrated
gem. Heavy D then began focusing on his acting,
appearing in the television shows A Different World, Roc and Living
Single before returning 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 2005, the Will Smith movie Hitch played the song "Now That
We Found Love" during the ending scene where a wedding party
does a line dance, and gave Heavy D & the Boyz a lot of exposure,
sending many viewers to the web to find out more about the song and
the group.
He then appeared in the film Life, before being in the cast of the
television show Boston Public. In 2002, Heavy D had a supporting
role as an FBI agent alongside Omar Epps in the movie adaptation
of Dave Barry's novel Big Trouble. In 2003 he starred in the supporting
cast for the sit-com The Tracy Morgan Show as Bernard. In 1997, Heavy
D collaborated with B.B. King on his duets album Deuces Wild rapping
in the song "Keep It Coming." He also has a small role
in the 1999 Oscar-nominated movie The Cider House Rules. In 2005,
Heavy D appeared as Sid in the hit Fox drama Bones, as the owner
and bartender at Wong Fu's. In 2006, he appeared in the motion picture,
Step Up, as Omar. Heavy D also appeared as Bo-Kane in the 1995
film New Jersey Drive. Heavy D has now released a new reggae album
via iTunes, called Vibes.
Heavy D was referred to in the song "Juicy" by the Notorious
B.I.G. and in " Da Girls They Love Me" by underground rapper
R.A. the Rugged Man. He also appears as the bouncer in the music
video for "One More Chance" by Notorious B.I.G. In the
song "Choppa on Da Back Seat" by Lil Wyte he says that " I
got Heavy D Tied up on my couch, Face down with a rifle wound bleeding
out his mouth".
Main article: Heavy D discography
* Living Large (1987)
* Big Tyme (1989)
* Peaceful Journey (1991)
* Blue Funk (1993)
* Nuttin' But Love (1994)
* Waterbed Hev (1997)
* Heavy (1999)
* Vibes (2009)