Mount Vernon, NY – The Mount Vernon Public Library will host a very special reception in honor of the Dwight Arrington Myers Hip-Hop Collection housed at the Mount Vernon Public Library on Thursday, June 30 at 6:00 P.M.. The reception will be held in the Mount Vernon Public Library Rotunda.
In honor hip-hop legend and Mount Vernon native, Jamaican-born record producer, singer, actor, Heavy D, the Mount Vernon Public Library has acquired a collection of books, music CD’s, DVD’s and multimedia materials that share the history of hip-hop and its global influence.
“Hip Hop has transformed itself from its beginnings in the South Bronx to a cultural phenomenon.’ says, Library Director Carolyn Karowski, “We are honored to celebrate and remember the accomplishments of Heavy D, an awarded artist, and actor who called Mount Vernon his home.”
Heavy D was one of the most influential rappers of the 1990’s. He was the leader of the hip-hop group Heavy D & the Boyz, with friends Glen Parrish (G-Wiz), Eddie F (Eddie Ferrell) and Troy Dixon (Trouble T-Roy), which gained mainstream fame for the theme song for the TV show “In Living Color.” Heavy D also rapped on Michael Jackson’s “Jam” and Janet Jackson’s “Alright.”
In 1986, their demo reached Uptown Records head Andre Harrell, and the group became the first artist signed to the label. “Living Large,” Heavy D & the Boyz’s debut album, was released in 1987 and spawned hits like “Mr. Big Stuff,” while 1989’s “Big Tyme” served as the group’s commercial breakthrough with tracks like “We Got Our Own Thang” and “Somebody For Me.”
His first No. 1 on the Rap chart was 1989’s “Somebody for Me” and he later scored crossover hits with 1991’s “Now That We Found Love” and “Big Daddy” in 1997. His highest charting single came in 1990 when he teamed up with Janet Jackson on the No. 4 Hot 100 hit “Alright (Remix).”
In recent years, Heavy D focused more on TV and movie appearances. One of his first small screen appearances was on an episode of “A Different World” as himself and as Fatz Turner on the TV series “Booker.” His most recent role on the big screen was in Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller’s 2011 comedy, “Tower Heist.” Previously acting parts include movies “The Cider House Rules” and “Step Up,” plus TV shows “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Bones” and “Boston Public.”
Heavy D performed at October’s BET Awards, his first live performance in 15 years.
Committee member Ms. Ann McDermott shared, “What a wonderful way to honor such a remarkable person. Heavy D was a Mount Vernon staple and brought nationwide attention to Mount Vernon and its contribution to hip hop culture.”
This collection will be unveiled by library trustees, staff, committee members and the Myers family.
Light refreshments will be served.
For further information, please contact Cathy Webb at 914-668-1840 ext. 236 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org