R.I.P. Heavy D (May 4, 1967 – November 8, 2011)

R.I.P. Heavy D

Yesterday, Dwight Arrington Myers, a.k.a. Heavy D, passed away at 1PM at a Los Angeles hospital. The cause of his death is unknown, but it has been reported the former rapper was dealing with pneumonia.

Rather than eulogizing Heavy D as an elite rap lyricist, it’s important to recognize the man as a dependably fun artist whose effervescent personality carried over to his music. By all measures, he was a beacon of positivity, while also being a purveyor of reliably #based tweets.

My memory of Heavy D is tied to growing up amidst MTV’s Party to Go CD series. D’s “Now That We Found Love” was featured on the second volume, perhaps the apex, of the series. (Also included: “OPP”, “Good Vibrations”, “Motown Philly”. Can any other batch of songs so perfectly encapsulate an era?)

Revisit the video and appreciate the energy of a man seeking to entertain (willing to embrace an exuberant Aaron Hall hook that was more an anomaly in 1992 than it would be now) that paved the way for large gentlemen to charm women through their raps for decades to come.