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Dwight Arrington Myers, better known as Heavy D would have turned 53 years old today.

Heavy D & the Boyz were the first group signed to Uptown Records by the late Andre Harrell. Heavy D was the frontman and Eddie F was his business partner in the group, DJ, and one of the producers. In addition, the other two members, T-Roy and G-Wiz were the dancers. Their debut, Living Large, was released in 1987. As they were obtaining commercial success and notoriety, T-Roy passed away. Heavy kept the hits coming and most importantly he set the stage for Uptown Records.

Heavy D also performed on Janet Jackson’s hit single “Alright”, and he appeared on Michael Jackson’s single “Jam” making him the only rapper to work with both Jacksons. He also did the theme song for In Living Color and MADtV. Heavy D also had a budding acting career 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.
He passed at the age of 44 due to a pulmonary embolism. Heavy changed the game as the overweight lover MC. Here’s some of our favorite tracks, we miss you Hev!