“Be Inspired” was the last tweet posted on the official Heavy D Twitter page just hours before his passing on November 8, 2011. At the age of 44, the overweight lover died shortly after collapsing outside his California home Tuesday afternoon. As news of his death spread like wildfire, all fans could say was “another legend gone”. Heavy D, born Dwight Arrington Myers is noted as one of the pioneers of Hip-Hop, known for his laid back flow and ever so confident style Heavy D leaves behind a legacy that will never be matched.
Growing up I spent a lot of time with my uncle who loved music, it was him that exposed me to artists such as Heavy D and The Boyz, Eric B and Rakim, Public Enemy, Wu Tang and more.
It was spending time with my uncle that I gained an appreciation unparalleled to anything else for real and true Hip-Hop. It has always been my beliefs that I was born a few years too late, and that I should have truly been a 70’s baby. Had I been born in the early 70’s I would have been old enough to actually enjoy the music that was put out in the late 80’s early 90’s like “Mr. Big Stuff” by Heavy D or “Paid in Full” by Eric B and Rakim. It’s artists like these that have paved the way for new age artists such as Lil Wayne and Drake. I’ll be the first to admit, I can’t do much outside of a two-step when it comes to dancing to today’s music, but throw on “Ain’t My Type of Hype” by Full Force and I will turn into Tisha Campbell circa 1990. Music back then was made to be danced to, when you went to a party you knew by the time you left your hair was going to be sweated out and your feet swollen. Songs like “Da Butt” by E.U will forever be classics that no matter where you are when you hear them you are going to want to dance. Hip-Hop music today has lost its substance, it all sounds the same, nothing is coming off as original anymore. So to suffer the loss of someone as trivial to music as Heavy D is a major blow and there will never be another.