Rest in peace to legendary rap pioneer Dwight Myers, better known as Heavy D, who passed away at age 44 today. In addition to being known for his own music with his group Heavy D & The Boyz, he was also an integral part in the discovery of Sean Combs to the world and the careers of acts like Soul 4 Real & Monifah. As a producer he worked with artists such as Jay-Z, Carl Thomas and Beanie Sigel, among others and was one of the 1st rappers to pursue acting.
This passing hurts, I grew up on his music and he was one of the 1st people I’ve ever seen live in concert. He was definitely known as a positive on not only hip-hop, but the people he connected with. His last message to the public via Twitter was simply “Be inspired!”. Words to live by. You will be missed.