Heavy D was born Dwight Errington Myers in Jamaica in 1967 and moved with his family to Mt. Vernon, NY, as a young child. He discovered rap music at age eight and by junior high was making his own demo tapes.
He later formed the Boyz with high-school friends DJ Eddie F (born Eddie Ferrell), Trouble T-Roy (born Troy Dixon), and G-Wiz (born Glen Parrish). Their demo tape found its way to Def Jam executive Andre Harrell, who was in the process of forming his own label, Uptown. Harrell made Heavy D & the Boyz the first artists signed to Uptown in 1986, and they released their debut album, Living Large, in 1987.
The singles "Mr. Big Stuff" and "The Overweight Lover's in the House" established Heavy D's image among rap fans. In 2005, Heavy D had lost 160 pounds so that he could elevate his acting career.
1987, Old School Rap video: 'The Overweight Lover's in the House'