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Heavy D & The Boyz

Heavy D (born Dwight Errington Myers) formed Heavy D & the Boyz with high-school friends DJ Eddie F (born Eddie Ferrell), Trouble T-Roy (born Troy Dixon), and G. Whiz (born Glen Parrish). Their demo tape reached Def Jam executive André Harrell, who was in the process of forming his own label, Uptown. Harrell made Heavy D & the Boyz the first artists signed to Uptown in 1986, and they released their debut album, Living Large, in 1987. The singles "Mr. Big Stuff" and "The Overweight Lover's in the House" established Heavy D's image among rap fans, and "Don't You Know" was a crossover hit on the R&B charts, narrowly missing the Top Ten. All told, Living Large was a gold-selling hit.

The follow-up album, 1989's Big Tyme, was the group's real breakthrough. Like its predecessor, it featured production from both Marley Marl and new jack swing guru Teddy Riley. By this time, though, there was a bit more depth to Heavy D's persona, and he was also hitting a peak of consistency as a songwriter. "Somebody for Me," "We Got Our Own Thang," and "Gyrlz, They Love Me" were all significant R&B hits, with the former two reaching the Top Ten; plus, "We Got Our Own Thang" attracted some attention from MTV, while his appearance on Janet Jackson's "Alright" gave him significant mainstream exposure. Big Tyme would eventually reach number one on the R&B album chart, make the Top 20 on the pop side, and be certified platinum. Unfortunately, tragedy struck on the album's supporting tour, on July 15, 1990, when Trouble T-Roy fell from a height of two stories and died. He became the subject of Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth's elegiac hit "They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)" as well as a tribute cut on the next Heavy D & the Boyz album, 1991's Peaceful Journey.

Peaceful Journey was another platinum-selling hit, thanks to the single "Now That We Found Love" -- a modernized version of the Gamble/Huff composition originally recorded by the O'Jays -- which made Heavy D a full-fledged mainstream success. It reached the R&B Top Five and just missed the pop Top Ten. "Is It Good to You" and the posse cut "Don't Curse" were also popular with hip-hop fans, and the MC was also a weekly television presence via his theme song for the sketch comedy series In Living Color. Released in 1993, Blue Funk was a tougher effort with productions from Pete Rock (his younger cousin), DJ Premier, and Tony Dofat; despite its lack of pop appeal, it managed to go gold. In the meantime, Heavy D was establishing a concurrent acting career and landed his biggest role yet as a recurring supporting character on the Fox sitcom Roc; around the same time, he became the vice president of A&R at Uptown. Over the next few years, he would also appear as a recurring character on another Fox sitcom, Living Single.

Heavy D & the Boyz returned to platinum status with 1994's Nuttin' But Love, which spawned hits in "Black Coffee," the R&B Top Five "Got Me Waiting," and the title track. It also became their second album to top the R&B chart, and was their last release as a group. Their leader continued to juggle music, television, and film gigs until his 2011 death, which occurred due to a blood clot. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection

1. The Overweight Lover's In The House

2. Mr. Big Stuff

3. Don't You Know

4. Chunky But Funky

5. We Got Our Own Thang

6. Somebody For Me

7. Gyrlz, They Love Me

8. Now That We Found Love

10. Sister, Sister

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Track List: Heavy Hitz

1. The Overweight Lover's In The House

2. Mr. Big Stuff

3. Don't You Know

4. We Got Our Own Thang

5. Somebody For Me

6. Gyrlz They Love Me

7. Now That We Found Love

13. Big Daddy

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Track List: Nuttin' But Love

1. Friends And Respect

2. Sex Wit You

3. Got Me Waiting

4. Nuttin' But Love

5. Smething Going On

6. This Is Your Night

7. Got Me Waiting (Remix)

8. Take Your Time

9. Spend A Little Time On Top

10. Keep It Going

11. Black Coffee

12. Move On

13. Lord's Prayer

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Track List: Blue Funk

1. Truthful

2. Who's The Man?

3. Talk Is Cheap

4. Girl

5. It's A New Day

6. Who's In The House

7. Love Sexy

8. Slow Down

9. Silky

10. Here Comes The Heavster

11. Blue Funk

12. Yes Y'all

13. A Buncha N**gas

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Track List: Peaceful Journey

1. Now That We Found Love

2. Let It Rain

3. I Can Make You Go Oooh

4. Sister Sister

5. Don't Curse

6. Peaceful Journey

7. The Lover's Got What You Need

8. Cuz He'z Alwayz Around

9. Is It Good To You

10. Letter To The Future

11. Swinging With The Hevster

12. Body And Mind

13. Do Me, Do Me

14. Somebody For Me (Jazz Lover Mix)

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Track List: Big Tyme

1. We Got Our Own Thang

2. You Ain't Heard Nuthin' Yet

3. Somebody for Me

4. Mood For Love

5. EZ Duz it, Do it EZ

6. A Better Land

7. Gyrlz, They Love Me

8. More Bounce

9. Big Tyme

10. Flexin'

11. Here We Go Again, Y'all

12. Let it Flow

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Track List: Living Large

1. The Overweight Lovers In The House

2. Nike

3. Chunky But Funky (Remix)

4. Dedicated

5. Here We Go

6. On The Dance Floor

7. Moneyearnin' Mount Vernon

8. I'm Gonna Make You Love Me

9. Overweighter

10. I'm Getting Paid

11. Rock The Bass

12. Mr. Big Stuff (Remix)

13. Don't You Know

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The overweight lover is in the heavens. Keep it popping up there till I get there "D"
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Heavy D and the boys this group was good their music was fun and Happy you could dance and listen to with your family and friends Heavy you are truly miss much love
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Love this real music so smooth heavy d
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I miss this era so much great music great artists..Hea v y D was king RIP...
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I love heavy d music I'm saddened he is no longer with us that real music back then R.i.p heave
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Xxpp0
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Heavy was the s**t! Sending love from St Louis
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I SHOULD OF MARRIED THIS GUY WHEN HE ASKED ME WHITE PLAINS NY
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Rip Heavy your songs were the first songs me and my wife dance off of.
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My Boy Big Heav!! Holding it DOWN 4 Da Big BROTHERS way before Biggie!! God rest Both of their SOULS!!!!!
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We Got Our Own Thang......l o v e this song. Miss u Heavy D
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fblssistr2
I've never heard This is Your Night OMG! I'm trying not dance at work, lol Love this!
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Rest in power my brother ! Long live the overweight lover! More bounce !
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fblssistr2
This man was Grown and Sexy before we knew what it was! Crushing on this beautiful, intelligent man........s t i l l ! Like Charleenhall 9 6 , forever a fan too!
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Heavy was smooth with his lyrics and style ..... Being big was cool because of him .....a true pioneer of hip-hop
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Man I was 14 when that happened to Trouble T Roy....very tragic oh and how I miss Heavy D stl crushing on this man...I remember when he came out with don't u know...I used to think he was singing this song to me lol...foreve r a fan!!!
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kathrynsharp 7 0
He knew how to reach down and grab that place in your soul..
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He also knew how t mk good feel good dance music!!!!!
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Rip to a great1
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Nuttin but love for u heavy. RIP
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Ahh..Heavy.. . N o t h i n g but love for you Honey! DC...college . . y o u . . . c l u b jammie....Mr . Big Stuff in your Red Leather...! Made Big...fly... . c l e v e r . . . a n d so cool! Peaceful Journey Brother!
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One of my favorite artists. R.I.P. Heavy D
Wishing you a peaceful journey
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Damn I miss him, bought every album of his, loved each one.
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Heavy D was Jamaican as is busta
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Rip HeavyD
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always loved Heavy D!
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This is my favorite song by Heavy D - such a great beat - it's buck!
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Another song thats tight.
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deejestina
Pure class. A sdd talent for the decades. RIP Heav.
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Love Heavy D..truly missed!
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Mt.Vernon will always miss you!
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my man Velvet from new york. you are missed
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R.I.P. Overweight Lova.
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Heavy d not from know southern cali heavy d from Jamaica
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RIP Heavy oh my goodness when I first seen him on on Tv I fell in love with him he was so flexible on his his feet Excellent Entertainer and shocked me when I found out hes from Jamaica miss him
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Heavy d and the boys man
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Rip mr heavy d the first in luv hip hop r rap luv rap music. And party music and film music
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But u rock heavy d
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He's pretty good but I like west coast rap. More
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Rip heavy d. Miss you bro.. keep it real up there. Keep signing up there c u when I get their bro
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Can't forget Salt N' Pepper either lol.
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Now all I need is a limousine and I'll be cruisin'.... .
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RIP Heavy D still loving your sounds like now that we got love
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Heavy D Was The Greatest Rapper Of All Time Until This Day I Still Listen To His Music R.I.P.
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Rest in Peace Heavy D :)!!!
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Rip Heavy D! Put too many on in the rap game will never be forgotten. Opened the door. Never left anyone behind. May you always live in the sky! One Love!!!
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