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.
  • Sandi

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

  • Zina

    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!

  • Tradina

    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.

  • Harry Harrell

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

  • Yvette

    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

Last modified: November 9, 2011 at 3:27 pm