On May 24th 2019 the late Dwight Arrington Myers aka Heavy D would have been 50 years of age. Gone too soon due to a pulmonary embolism the Hip Hop World was shook. Gone was one of the finest Hip Hop Pioneers who repeatedly proved to be a ray of light by way of song, rap and melodies; a pillar in the Hip Hop Community and his monicker was to spread inspiration through his music and even in the advice and interest he took in his friends personal problems.
Amazon Prime Video released a documentary “The Life of Heavy D – Be Inspired” a video documentary is now available for download on Amazon Prime Video. Originally recorded in 2012 featuring interviews by Will Smith, Queen Latifah, Mary J Blige, Chuck D, Doug E. Fresh, Kim Fields, DJ Eddie F, Kool Moe Dee, Brett Ratner, MC Lyte and others. In the documentary Queen Latifah talks about what Heavy D was the first to do for her when she was 18 years old. Will Smith mentions how Heavy D was the first to embrace DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince into the world of Hip Hop.
However, the Producers Channel TV got a chance to catch up with 3 of Heav’s close personal friends to find out what stood out in their mind when awakening on May 24th and reflecting on the past memories of their beloved friend Dwight Arrington.
The first thing to come to mind was “cereal, greatness, determination, and I get so inspired to be the best. “
“Heavy D’s style combined with his dance moves made Hev the original big sexy; and he inspired big men all over the world.”
Last but not least we call Heavy’s beloved DJ and creator of the group “Heavy D and the Boyz” and DJ Eddie F said the following:
“Heavy was not only super talented, he always expressed love and positivity throughout his career, music, and everyone’s life that he touched.”
IN 2011 following Dwight’s death Essence Magazine quoted Andre Harell
“This is a tremendous loss to all of us, not just to those in hip hop,”
“Heavy was a gentle giant. He was charming.”
Harrell, who signed Heavy D & the Boyz to his Uptown Records back in 1987, remembers Heavy’s sense of humor the most. “I remember getting him to work with then choreographer Rosie Perez and him looking at me, like, ‘Should we really do this?’ And I said, ‘a big man dancing is going to be really fun for people. It’s gonna make them love you.’” Heavy agreed, and could later be found dancing in most of his videos.
“He took chances that a big guy wouldn’t take artistically in terms of the kinds of videos he did. I told him I was proud of him.”
The Amazon documentary will feature stories from his family and other golden-era artists such as Doug E. Fresh, Big Daddy Kane, and Kurtis Blow. Also included will be performance footage, including Heavy’s last televised performance at the BET Hip-Hop Awards on October 11, 2011.
It seemed only fitting to title the documentary after Heavy’s last social media post, “Be Inspired.” This marked our final inspirational quote we would receive from our beloved brother Heavy D. On November 8, 2011 Heavy D passed away from a pulmonary embolism caused by deep leg vein thrombosis. We got nothing but love for you Heavy. The Life of Heavy D – Be Inspired is now available for download on Amazon
Photo Credit Essence Magazine