This past Tuesday was the birthday of the rapper known as Heavy D. Had he lived, the gentleman known as Dwight Myers would have been 49 years young. Sadly, he passed away in November of 2011. I can’t even believe that it’s been that long already.
His group, Heavy D & The Boyz, were responsible for some of rap’s best-loved songs of the late 80s to the mid 90s. Heavy was the rapper that your mom liked. He almost never cursed. His music made you pat your foot and dance. And best of all, for a guy his size, Heavy could dance. I mean really move. Even I was in awe at how great a dancer he was. You’ve heard me talk about dancing. Heavy was ten thousand times better than me.
I just wanted to post a few of my favorites by his group, and one by him. He was well loved by both hardcore hip-hop heads and their parents. There aren’t many, if any, out today that could make that claim. Yes, my mama liked him, and she hated rap.
He was also well-respected enough to have been featured on songs by both Michael and Janet Jackson, and Levert among others, appeared on the anti-violence anthem “Self Destruction,” and helped launch careers for Monifah and Soul For Real.
Still missed. Those of us who remember, I hope you enjoy this little trip down memory lane. As always, thanks for reading and listening.