TV One’s Unsung is back! For those who are unfamiliar, Unsung chronicles the journey of a wide variety of artists and groups, detailing their trials and showcasing why they are Unsung.
Basically, it’s a what happened to and where are they now show.
Last week’s episode focused on hip-hop group Heavy D & The Boyz. One of the main reasons I love watching Unsung is because I tend to either learn a few new facts, or I end up spending an hour reminiscing on music I grew up on.
Heavy D & The Boyz – comprised of Heavy D (Dwight Myers), dancers G-Whiz (Glen Parrish), Trouble T. Roy (Troy Dixon), and DJ Eddie F. (Edward Ferrell) – was one of the few rap groups I liked back in the mid-80s. As I’ve written before, I’ve never been a heavy hip-hop head (R&B has always been my favorite), but Heavy D made music I could not only relate to, but enjoy.
I vividly remember when Trouble T Roy died in 1990 (according to former road manager Jeff Christie, while on tour, folks were horsing around and a dumpster was pushed down a ramp. The dumpster veered Trouble T’s way. He was sitting on the ledge of a ramp and the dumpster hit him, causing him to fall to his death.)
He was only 22 and Peaceful Journey, Heavy D & The Boyz’s 1991 release, was dedicated to him.
This group was unique in that they didn’t curse (they actually made a song called Don’t Curse. I wonder if that’s even possible for today’s rap artists.) They made music you could dance to and play around your mama and not be embarrassed by the language – even though she probably wouldn’t like it just because it was rap.
Watching this Unsung, I was reminded that there was a time in hip hop where artists danced and appeared to actually be having fun. I kept thinking, “They are dancing in suits and their pants aren’t hanging off their asses!!!” every time they flashed back to a Heavy D video.
Aw, the good ol’ days.
My one complaint about this episode: I’m not sure if this show was in the works before Heavy D passed in November 2011 from a pulmonary embolism, but it would have been great if he was included in the interviews. I think it’s always best to highlight and honor people when they are alive.
Click here to watch the full episode.
In its fifth season, Unsung airs Wednesdays on TV One. Check your local listings for the time.