Tuesday, 8 November 2011
Hailing from Jamaica, he moved to Money Earnin' Mount Vernon, New York as a child.
Dubbed the overweight lover, he was one of the first rappers to credibly incorporate Reggae and R&B (in the early New Jack Swing years) into his music, Hev even had a UK No 1 with 'Now That We Found Love' featuring Aaron Hall.
Heavy D & The Boyz tragically lost one of their dancers, Trouble T. Roy, in 1990. Their follow up album 'Peaceful Journey' was dedicated to him, as was the Pete Rock & CL Smooth track 'They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)'.
Hev's DJ, Eddie F, is also famously cited as the person to give Pete, Hev's cousin, his first break, by giving him his first sampler.
Hev's legacy ran deep musically, collaborating with Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, B.B. King, Supercat, Frankie Paul, Daddy Freddy, Buju Banton, Soul For Real, Guy, drafting in rappers Kool G Rap, Grand Puba, Q Tip and Big Daddy Kane for his anti-profanity track 'Don't Curse', and appearing in Biggie's 'One More Chance' video, as well as being name dropped in 'Juicy', amongst other things.
In addition to this, he had numerous acting roles in everything from sitcoms 'A Different World' & 'Fresh Prince Of Bel Air', and movies as diverse as 'The Cider House Rules', 'Step Up', 'New Jersey Drive' and a cameo in Eddie Murphy movie 'Tower Heist' this year.
He made his first live TV music performance for 15 years on last months BET Awards and was due to drop his 9th album, 'Love Opus', this year.
Dwight Arrington Myers (May 24th 1967 - November 8th 2011)