Heavy D. Starring In, Will Smith Executive Producing 'Medal of Honor Rag'

Veteran rapper and actor Heavy D. has been tapped to star in Tom Cole’s 1976 play “Medal of Honor Rag,” which is being executive produced by Will Smith.

“Medal of Honor Rag” is being directed by veteran actor Delroy Lindo and centers on a clinically depressed Vietnam veteran named Dale Jackson and his relationship with a New York psychiatrist.

“It’s the most challenging work I've done to date," Heavy D. revealed to AllHipHop.com. "So many brothers who came home back [from the war] had to deal with so much depression and the fact that there was nothing waiting for them at home. I'm honored to be directed by Delroy Lindo.

Will Smith, who has been a friend of mine for since we both started, has been very supportive and encouraging.”

Rehearsal for the play starts next week and the show runs from June 1st-July 11th in Los Angeles, California.

On the rap side, Hev recently produced Beanie Sigel’s hit single “Feel It In the Air,” and has wrapped production on his new untitled album, which is slated for a summer release.

The majority of the new album was produced by Hev and also features contributions from Mike City, Warren Campbell, Trackmasters and Tim and Bob, the duo behind Bobby Valentino's hit single “Slow Down.”