|Thank-you Heavy D, for all that you have brought to this crazy world. I got Nuttin' but love for ya! R.I. P.|
"Be inspired". "All glory comes from daring to begin". " I love my life, only because I always have". "Never stop believing. Magic is just a science we don't understand. Every original idea was considered insanity at first".
What do all these quotes have in common you ask? Simple. They were the last few comments uttered by the late, great, Heavy D.
He was a man of many talents. A master of all trades within the music industry. He was a rapper, a singer/songwriter, actor and producer - who was on the verge of a major come back to the world he loved so much. However, God had another plan, and called him home on: Tuesday, November 8, 2011.
At the age of 44, Heavy D had a number of accomplishments under his belt. But the most important one of all was his daughter, Xea. Even up to his last breath he expressed his undying love for her and his entire family and always spoke about the importance of family, love and how important it was to keep positive when going after your dream.
In the 1990's, Heavy D was the very first rapper to become the head of a major music label: President of Uptown Records. Shortly thereafter, he hired on an intern by the name of: Sean "Diddy" Combs, or as we know him, "Puff Daddy" / "P Diddy". Heavy D, was also known for developing the career of one Ms. Mary J. Blige. This major stepping stone would later result in a position of, senior vice president of none other than: "Universal Music". His areas of expertise were: Reggae, R&B and of course, Hip Hop.
Some of his finest moments would include: singing the theme song to the hit shows: "In Living Color" and "Mad TV", back in the 90's. He also did collaborations with B.B. King, as well as, appearing in the video, "One More Chance" by the late, Notorious B.I.G. Yet, the one most memorable success that Heavy D always looked back on with utter pride, was the fact that he was the first rapper to have the opportunity to work with the late, Michael Jackson. He performed the rap for a single called "Jam" on Michael's album. He was truly proud of that moment, as were his fans. So much so that one of them tweeted Heavy D on November 2, 2011 and praised him on the accomplishment.
Heavy D, born Dwight Arrington Myers, was a true family man. He was respected for never compromising his values and artistry. Yesterday (November 14, 2011), during his family's very first statement release since his death, they attested to the world, what an incredible soul this man truly was.
"Heavy D was a devoted dad with a "heart of gold" who dispensed bear hugs as easily as infectious rhymes. He had great love for his family and friends. He was a kind and giving spirit who extended and shared himself with everyone who crossed his path. He never compromised his values and artistry, and encouraged his peers to do the same. Hev was the one who made us laugh, cry, sing, dance and turn a frown upside down. As a family, we are devastated by Hev's passing, but through our faith in God and support from family, friends and fans – we are comforted, blessed and will remain strong.”
Dearest D: Sadly the world has lost another remarkable and inventive soul. I believe I speak for all your fans when I say that you shall be deeply missed. Your love and energy, both for your life and love for music is in-measurable. We feel such a loss with your passing that can barely be described. I know the world, as well as your fans would have loved a "come-back". Sadly, now it can never be. Nevertheless, we will forever dance and smile to the beats and mixes that you did leave us with for all time. You will never be forgotten.
Today, you find your place in heaven, along side some of the greats: Michael Jackson, Notorious B.I.G., Tupac, Big Pun, Jam Master Jay and so many others. Like all these artists, I wish your destiny's could have been altered, so to have you among us for longer. I would have truly loved to see what else you all would of had in store for us. Needless to say, I am quite sure it would have been utterly spectacular.
" Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me." ( Psalm 23:4)
"Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners" (1 Cor. 15:33).
R.I.P. dear friend. 4-ever loved, 4-ever missed, 4-ever shall you live through your music and within the hearts of all those who knew/loved you. PEACE!