Rap Icon HEAVY D Dead At 44

Rap Icon Heavy D Dead At 44

 

 

Heavy D, WireImages, Ben Rose

Popular ’90s rapper Heavy D died Tuesday, the L.A. Coroner Chief Craig Harvey told People. He was 44 years old.

“He was transported from a residence in Beverly Hills and was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead in the emergency room,” Harvey told People. “The cause of death is yet to be determined; we’re investigating it now. We do know that he last saw his doctor two weeks ago.”

According to TMZ, the artist, whose real name is Dwight Arrington Myers, was pronounced dead at 1 p.m. today after being taken to a Los Angeles hospital.

At around 11:25 a.m., a 911 call was reportedly made, reporting an unconscious male outside.

TMZ reports that the “Now That We Found Love” rapper was conscious and talking when he was taken to the hospital.

There are reportedly no signs of foul play.

Heavy D appears in the Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy film “Tower Heist” and performed an old school set at the BET Hip-Hop Awards in October.

Stephen Hill, BET president of music programming and specials, said Heavy D was in good spirits when he performed at the hip-hop event. ” I’m so glad that we got to work together for his performance at last month’s BET Hip-Hop Awards,” Hill said in a statement. “Hev was focused, energetic and happy;  he worked HARD, as he always had, to excite the crowd.”

Hill added that Heavy D was known for his showmanship. ” When Hev showed up, you knew the show was about to go down,” he said. “Smooth on his feet and nimble with his tongue, the overweight lover/rapper/dancer was one who truly believed in the fun of hip-hop. Choreography? In rap? Yes!”

Ernie Singleton, who was the president of black music of MCA Records when Heavy D joined the label in 1986, considers working with the artist as a highlight of his career. “Having the pleasure of signing Heavy D through the Uptown deal was one of the greatest experiences of my life,” he told Yahoo! Music.

Heavy D & The Boyz was the first act released on Uptown Records, an MCA subsidiary that boasted a roster including Al B. Sure, Mary J. Blige, and an intern-turned-mogul Sean “Puffy” Combs.

Singleton said releasing Heavy D first was an obvious choice. “We were putting a compilation together. Heavy D’s song ‘Mr. Big Stuff’ was a runaway record and there was an album done on Heavy D. … When you sign an artist and everybody is reacting very positively to it, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to speed up the process and get a record out.”

Heavy D collaborated with a number of artists over the course of his career. He appears on the remix of Janet Jackson’s song “Alright” from her “Rhythm Nation 1814” album, and on Michael Jackson’s “Jam” from his “Dangerous” set. His biggest single was his 1991 song “Now That We Found Love” that reached No. 11 on the pop charts.

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"In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can." - Nikos Kazantzakis The art of success begins first within your heart, no better example to attain this claim than the man of many talents that we have come to know thru the years in the industry as Lacy Darryl Phillips. Lacy Darryl Phillips aka THE UNCLE EARL, an Award Winning American Recording Artist, Songwriter, Producer, Actor, Radio Personality & DJ. President of Earl Hitz Records, a NYC label created to embrace the sounds of house, dance, electronic pop, and funk music. As an avid culture curator of performance & music for the world, he wanted to pay homage by creating "The New Paradise Garage Experience". He is also the Creator/Producer of Ultimate Underground, Host/DJ of his weekly radio show, The Ultimate Underground Experience now celebrating it’s 9th successful anniversary. Lacy Darryl Phillips has a career in the entertainment industry which spans four decades, in the disciplines of acting, singing, dancing, directing, choreography, and songwriting. He has worked with recording artists, such as Mariah Carey, Lauryn Hill, Vanessa Williams, Grace Jones, Sheena Easton, Peabo Bryson, CeCe Peniston, James Ingram, Lou Rawls, The Bette Davis, Debbie Allen, Ray Chew, Randy Jackson, N.W.A. (Dr. Dre & Eazy-E), Jimmy Z., and Lonnie Gordon, among others. Past performances include: The Triad (NYC), House Of Yes (Brooklyn, NY), Coney Island Baby (NYC), Gold Sounds (Brooklyn, NY), Friars Club (NYC), The Delancey (NYC), Madison Street Theater (Chicago), Jazzmobile Summerfest (NYC), Marcus Garvey Park (NYC), JCC Manhattan (NYC), Broadway Sings For Pride (NYC), Gay Pride Festival (NYC), The Landmark (LA).