He accomplished so many things in the music world and also as an Actor. He was a major part of the Hip Hop goes mainstream Era in the late 80s-90s.
Heavy D and the BOYZ were the first group signed to Uptown Records, In 1989 the group released the Album Big Tyme for Uptown Records and was produced by Dj Eddie F, Teddy Riley, Marley Marl, and his cousin Pete Rock. The album was considerably more successful than the group’s first album, It made #1 on the Top R&B/ Hip Hop Album Charts.
Three hit singles were released: “We Got Our Own Thang”, “Somebody for Me”, and “Gyrlz, They Love Me”.
In 1989 Heavy D performed a guest rap on Janet Jackson’s hit single “Alright”, It and Blondie’s “Rapture” recorded in 1980, were the first pop songs to feature a rapper, setting the trend for R&B/Rap colabos. In 1992 he featured with Michael Jackson’s single “jam”. He gained even more fame by singing the theme for the show “ Living Color” and also Mad Tv.
Heavy D. became the first rapper to head a major music label when he became the president of Uptown Records and later in the mid-1990s, During this time, Myers also developed the boy group Soul For REAL, and was the executive producer and main writer for the album, Candy Rain.
During that time he pursued the acting bug in many sitcoms and movies, just look at how extensive his resume was:
1990–“Booker” as Fatz Turner
1993–“Roc” as Calvin Frazier
1995- New Jersey Drive as Bo-Kane
1994-1996 “Living Single,” as Darryl
1999 Life as Jake
1999 The Cider House Rules as Peaches
2000 “For Your Love” as Dexter
2002 Big Trouble as FBI Agent Pat Greer
2000-2003 “Boston Public” as Big Boy/Mr. Lick
2003-2004 “The Tracy Morgan Show” as Bernard
2005 “Yes, Dear” as Charlie
2005 “Bones” as Sid Shapiro
2006, Step Up as Omar
2011, “Are We There Yet?” as Craig
AND He later became senior vice president at Universal Records! WOW.Heavy D and Eddie F performed at the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards on October 11, 2011. It was their first televised live performance in 15 years and would be his final live performance. Myers suffered from Heart Disease and died on November 8, 2011, at the age of 44. From a blood clot that “most likely formed during an extended airplane ride”. The rapper had recently returned from a trip to Cardiff, Wales where he performed at a tribute to Michael Jackson.