Heavy D was a rap artist, producer, singer, and the front man in the late 80’s group Heavy D & the Boyz. The group was the first to sign to Uptown Records and their debut album Livin Large was a huge commercial success. Between 1987 and 1994, Heavy D & The Boyz worked with the likes of Notorious B.I.G., DJ Premier, Marley Marl and longtime affiliate and fellow Mount Vernon native Pete Rock. The group sang the theme song for Fox’s hit TV show In Living Color as well as performed on the show as musical guests.
As an actor Heavy D appeared on popular 90’s TV show’s like A Different World, Living Single, and in movies such as Life, Step it Up, and New Jersey Drive. Recently he has appeared in TV shows such as Bones, and Law & Order Special Victim’s Unit which I saw just a couple of weeks ago.
As a solo artist, Heavy D remained close with Uptown Records executive Sean “Diddy” Combs and the mogul’s Bad Boy Records imprint, despite never releasing a Bad Boy album. Recently, Heavy D released Grammy-nominated Reggae album Vibes on the Stride label in 2008. Previously, D had released Waterbed Hev in 1997 and a self-titled 1999 album.
My favorite video: Nothing But Love
Heavy’s Performance at the BET Awards
I am deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Heavy D. A long time friend and a beautiful person– Russell Simmons
Ahhh man! Heavy D?! Dwight waz a dear friend. Fond memories of a truly cool brutha.-Samuel L. Jackson
Heavy D gave me advice when I was pregnant. He said, Cherish every single moment. It goes by way too fast. Rest in peace, Heavy D. – Alyssa Milano