I liked a few of his songs. He seemed like a nice, personable guy. I remember when he made an appearance on “A Different World” and when he played the Rajeane’s boyfriend on “Living Single”. He also composed and performed the theme song for “In Living Color.”
I said earlier that I’m really mourning who *I *was when Heavy D was in his prime. He was by all accounts a lovely person and a talented artist, but I didn’t know him personally. It is shocking when a celebrity who is the same age as I am dies.
Weird, I was at trivia tonight and one of the answers to a question was “Heavy D & the Boyz” (missed it - I put Color Me Badd instead) and another answer was “Joe Fraiser” (died yesterday). Morbid quiz!
Anyway, hearing the answer “Heavy D & the Boyz” made me think of day-glo tracksuits and big chains, and I had a good smile.
Normally I don’t give a rat’s ass about rap artists, but I met D several times when he bought a condo through the real estate company I was working for. I just want to say he was a nice young man who always treated me and everyone with respect. Definitely not a star’s ego. And we had some fine talks about modern music.
Earlier in the day, he sent an uplifting Twitter message to his followers: “BE INSPIRED!” (He had also eulogized boxing great Joe Frazier, who had passed away in the very early hours Tuesday at age 67.)
“All glory comes from daring to begin,” he wrote Nov. 6. “Never stop believing… Magic is just science we don’t understand,” he mused Nov. 4. “Every original idea was considered insanity at first.”
What a lovely man. I’m so sorry he’s gone so soon, even if I never had a chance to appreciate his talents. I think I’ll go look up some of his music now. May he rest in peace.
I hadn’t thought of him in years until one of his songs came up on Pandora a couple of months back. He recently guest starred on Law & Order: SVU (not as a raper). I was happy to see him, and engaged in a lengthy text conversation on his recent career. Everything I’ve read says he’s earned all of the love and respect he has received. I’ve never seen anything bad about him.