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Who Was Dwight Arrington Myers, Jamaican-born American Rapper?

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Dwight Arrington “Heavy D” Myers was an actor, rapper, and record producer. Myers was born on May 24, 1967, in Mandeville, Manchester, Jamaica, to Eulahlee Lee and Vincent Myers. His family relocated from Jamaica to Mount Vernon, New York. Much of Myers’ childhood is unknown. Heavy D & the Boyz was formed in 1986 by Myers, Glen “G-Whiz” Parrish, Troy “Trouble T. Edward “Eddie F” Ferrell and Roy “Eddie F” Dixon The group would be Andre Harrell Uptown Records’ first signing.

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The group released their debut album, Living Large, in 1987, which included the singles “Mr. Big Stuff,” “Chunky But Funky,” and “Don’t You Know” were among the album’s singles, but it failed to sell 500,000 copies. Big Tyme, the group’s second album, was released in 1989 and featured the singles “We Got Our Own Thang,” “Somebody For Me,” and “Gyriz, They Love Me.” The album sold a million copies and was certified platinum.

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Heavy D & the Boyz member Troy “Trouble T Roy” Dixon died on July 15, 1990, after collapsing after a performance in Indianapolis, Indiana. Peaceful Journey, the group’s third album, was released in 1991, and featured the singles “Now We Found Love” and “Is It Good to You?” “This album sold a million copies and was certified platinum. Blue Funk, the band’s fourth album, was released in 1993. The singles from that album included “Who the Man,” “Blue Funk (Heavy D),” and “Truthful (Heavy D).” The fourth album sold 500,000 copies and was certified gold. Nuttin But Love, the group’s final album, was released in 1994 and featured the single “This Is Your Night,” which sold a million copies and was certified platinum.

Myers was instrumental in convincing Harrell to hire future hip hop mogul Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs as an intern at Uptown Records. During his career, Myers discovered R&B artists Soul For Real and Monifah. Myers released his first solo album, Waterbed Hev, in 1997. The album, which included the singles “Big Daddy” and “I’ll Do Anything,” sold 500,000 copies. During his career, Myers released several solo albums, including Heavy (1999), Vibes (2008), and Love Opus (2010). (2011). Myers has a film career as well. He appeared in the films New Jersey Drive (1995) and Life (1999). He has also appeared on TV shows such as A Different World, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and Living Single.

Heavy D died on November 8, 2011, at the age of 44, from a pulmonary embolism in Los Angeles, California. He had one daughter, Xea Myers, during his lifetime. In addition, he was the cousin of record producer Peter “Pete Rock” Phillps.

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