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.