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Heavy D
Birth name Dwight Myers
Born May 24, 1967 (1967-05-24) (age 42)
Origin Mount Vernon, New York
Genres Hip hop, New Jack Swing, R&B
Occupations Rapper, Singer
Years active 1981 – present
Labels Uptown, MCA
Associated acts Heavy D & the Boyz

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.[1] 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 (see 1987 in music). The album was a commercial success, though Big Tyme (1989, 1989 in music) was a breakthrough that included four hits. Trouble T. Roy died at age 22 in a fall on July 15, 1990, in Indianapolis (see 1990 in music). Dixon's passing led to a tribute on the follow-up platinum album, Peaceful Journey (1991, 1991 in music). 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.[1]

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[citation needed], but is widely viewed as an underrated gem.[citation needed] 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 (1994). After appearing in the off-Broadway play Riff Raff at Circle Repertory Company, Heavy D returned to recording with the hit Waterbed Hev.[1] 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.[citation needed]

He then appeared in the motion picture 'Life", before joining 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 (film)". 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.[1]

Heavy D has now released a new reggae album via itunes, called Vibes.

Heavy D reportedly has a son who is currently releasing mix tapes as a rapper.

Heavy D was referred to in the song "Juicy" by the Notorious B.I.G. He also appears as the bouncer in the music video for "One More Chance" by Notorious B.I.G.



As Heavy D & The Boyz

  • 1987: Living Large (Uptown) - US Pop #92, US R&B #10
  • 1989: Big Tyme (Uptown) - US Pop #19, US R&B #1 (Platinum)
  • 1991: Peaceful Journey (Uptown) - US Pop #21, US R&B #5 (Platinum)
  • 1993: Blue Funk (Uptown) - US Pop #40, US R&B #7 (Gold)
  • 1994: Nuttin' But Love (Uptown) - US Pop #11, US R&B #1 (Platinum)
  • 2000: Heavy Hitz (MCA)
  • 2002: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Heavy D & The Boyz (MCA)
  • 2009: Uptown Heavy Ranking Geffen Records

As Heavy D

  • 1997: Waterbed Hev (Uptown/Universal) - US Pop #9, US R&B #3 (Gold)
  • 1999: Heavy (Uptown/Universal) - US Pop #60, US R&B #10
  • 2008: Vibes (Stride Entertainment/Federal Distribution)
  • 2009: Vibes (reissued on Malaco Records)


Year Song Chart positions Album
Hot 100
U.S. R&B U.S. Rap UK
1987 "Mr. Big Stuff" 60 61 Living Large
1988 "Don't You Know / Moneyearnin' Mount Vernon" 12
1989 "We Got Our Own Thang" 10 3 69 Big Tyme
"Somebody For Me" 10 1
1990 "Gyrlz, They Love Me" 12 4
"Big Tyme" 24
1991 "Now That We Found Love" 11 5 4 2 Peaceful Journey
"Is It Good To You" 32 13 12 46
1992 "Don't Curse" 69 8
"Peaceful Journey" 54
"You Can't See What I Can See" 69 You Can See What I Can See 12"
1993 "Who's The Man" 52 3 Blue Funk
"Truthful" 57 7
1994 "Got Me Waiting" 20 3 1 Nuttin' But Love
"Nuttin But Love" 40 18 9
"This Is Your Night" 30
"Black Coffee"Nigga Dead 57 15 8
1995 "Sex Wit You" 105 44
1997 "Big Daddy" 18 5 2 Waterbed Hev
"Keep It Comin" A 46
"I'll Do Anything"A 65
2008 "Long Distance Girlfriend" 20 3 1 Vibes
2009 "No Matter What"
  • A Did not chart on the Hot 100 or Hot R&B/Hip-Hop charts (Billboard rules at the time prevented album cuts from charting). Chart peak listed here represents Hot 100 Airplay and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay charts data.



  1. ^ a b c d allmusic Biography
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 249. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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