Hip-hop pioneer Heavy D

In June 2005, the hip-hop pioneer-actor told Tavis why he made a lifestyle change.

Heavy D is respected in both the music and acting worlds. A successful crossover artist in hip-hop's early years, he made demos in junior high school. With his childhood friends, he formed Heavy D & The Boyz—the first artists signed to Uptown Records. He segued into acting and demonstrated both comedic and dramatic skills in such films as Life and Cider House Rules, the acclaimed play Riff Raff and recurring roles on TV in Living Single and Boston Public. He also starred in the stage production, Medal of Honor Rag.


  1. Sandi
    November 9, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    He will be missed. He was a positive force in the music business. Thanks Heavy D. RIP.

  2. Zina
    November 9, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    I would have loved to met this man. He seemed to be a very humble, respectful and positive man! I’m so sorry that we lost him so young. I thank him for showing the postive side of a successful black man and a blessed talented artist!

  3. Tradina
    November 10, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    I enjoyed the interview it was very informative and gave me a closer look inside the personality of Dwight Myers. We could see and hear the personality of Heavy D through his music and performances. However, listening to Dwight’s personal growth stories was inspirational. Thanks Tavis, for sharing this interview. Thanks Tavis, for doing what you do giving the public a look inside the minds of the people that we admire and respect.

  4. Harry Harrell
    November 12, 2011 at 5:55 am

    He was always striving for constant change with himself and to touch the lives of others.

  5. Yvette
    November 12, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Aww….Heavy…after that BET performance I was so excited and ready to see him perform more I love old school so diverse and original. Bet hip-hop awards is okay but doesn’t scratch the surface for real hip-hop fans. Happy to see Heavy for the last time. RIP

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