Our Thanks and Love Go Out to Heavy D
There are news reports that seem almost constant nowadays, speaking about how another ‘celebrity’ has gone to the Lord. But today’s news is all the more tragic for the simple fact that Dwight Arrington Myers was one of the most amazing inspirations on this planet…and will be sorely missed.
Heavy D had something to say. He was not a ‘flash in the pan’ or a ‘commercialized brand’ – he was a soul who had such talent and such belief in life that he absolutely radiated greatness. To those who were lucky enough to know him, Heavy D was one of those people whose soul, lyrics, visions and love must have been amazing to be around.
Heavy D had his talent immersed in all different areas of entertainment, including acting, record producing, singing, rapping, and showing America that there was love still to be found in our dire world.
It was in Jamaica in 1967 when we were blessed with Heavy D’s presence, and his family moved to Mt. Vernon, New York when he was still a very young man. (Heavy D referred to it as Money-earnin’ Mount Vernon).
Most all the world knew Heavy D as the leader of the hip-hop group, Heavy D & The Boyz; outstanding men who had the distinction of being the very first group to sign with Uptown Records. Their debut CD, Living Large, appeared in 1987 and set the music world on its ear. And it was in 1990 when Troy Dixon (Trouble T. Roy) passed away at the age of twenty-two from an accidental fall, that the group created the platinum album, Peaceful Journey. This was the album that gave Troy a stunning tribute – a song this writer will never forget titled, “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y).”
Heavy D & the Boyz were and always will remain, a truly stellar group that brought the world a series of incredible and unforgettable hip-hop/rap hits like Nuttin’ but Love in 1994. But the world was lucky enough that Heavy D was willing to spread his vibe and voice to all areas of the entertainment industry. He rapped on Michael Jackson’s hit “Jam,” and also brought his unending talent to Janet Jackson’s album, “Alright.”
Unlike most rappers, Heavy D could find a way lyrically to blend hip-hop seamlessly with pop, and was able to feed this starving nation the music we were longing to hear. This is the music that would literally wipe away the day-to-day grind and the horrors in the news, so we all could enjoy the lives we were leading.
The top 20 single, Now That We Found Love, was THE song in 1991, and you could not go to an event, a dance, a club – heck, you couldn’t even drive by a car on the road – without hearing that fantastic tune. Heavy D was also known for a “chunky but funky“ persona, and I have to say that the ‘chunky’ part came from the fact that he had so much heart and so much soul that he needed room for it all.
Television and movies were also forms of media that Heavy D was seen and heard on a great deal. One of the recent highlights happened four days ago. This writer watched the B.E.T. Awards and was beyond thrilled when Heavy D closed the show with a stunning mix of his classic hits. This was his first live performance in fifteen years. It was just this morning that Heavy D appeared on Radio 1Xtra and spoke about how he put together the unforgettable performance; how he had practiced for six straight weeks, eight hours a day, so that he could deliver his very best – and he still was so nervous that he was almost ill before the performance. I am one of millions who wish I could tell him how much I loved that night, and how for the last few days I have caught myself dancing, whistling, singing, and enjoying the hell out of that amazing voice and killer personality. I suppose I should take the time to thank the Lord upstairs for allowing Heavy D to be able to spread his magnificence to the world one last time.
“Don’t Curse.” Heavy D meant it. He meant what he sang, wrote, and said. He was real and he was natural and he was one-of-a-kind – something the world needs far more of! Like everyone else out there who is going absolutely crazy now, knowing that the one they could count on and believe in is now gone from our lives, I have to list some of the most wonderful moments I can think of that came from the mind of Heavy D. These are things that will NEVER be forgotten. In fact, you can whistle them at a moment’s notice which means there is no doubt that Heavy D has placed himself into the category of the ‘best’ that America has ever had to offer since we were born.
“In Living Color” was not only THE most hysterical show on television, but the theme song was perfect, and Heavy D can be thanked for that. Heavy D brought his talent to the acting world by appearing in television shows like Boston Public and films like the incredible Cider House Rules. He‘s even in the new film gracing screens – Tower Heist. (Yet another thank you to the ‘Man’ up above for allowing us this one last film performance, as well.)
The facts as the world knows them at this time are that a 911 call came from Heavy D’s Beverly Hills home at around 11:25 Pacific Time. The caller stated that an unconscious man was on the walkway. The ambulance arrived to a conscious and speaking Heavy D, and transported him to an L.A. hospital. Unfortunately, Heavy D was pronounced dead just a few hours later at 1 p.m. this afternoon. There is an investigation, but there were no signs of foul play and it has been reported that Heavy D died of respiratory failure.
There are certainly parts of one’s mind that wants to scream out and go into a tirade when an amazing individual such as Heavy D is lost. But there are other parts, deep within the soul, that are so grateful for the fact that we were allowed to spend even a little bit of time in his presence.
As a Heavy D Twitter follower, he always had the ability to put a bright spot into an otherwise drab day. Heavy D’s last message sent earlier today read simply, Be Inspired.
Well…This man was a true inspiration. He had the ability to inspire artists to paint, singers to perform, and writers to…write. You, Heavy D, were an incredible human being, and the angels have definitely come out as the ‘lucky ones’ today.
Rest In Peace.