The Fat Boys (Mark Morales a.k.a. “Prince Markie Dee”, Damon Wimbley a.k.a. “Kool Rock-Ski”, Darren Robinson a.k.a. “Buff Love” a.k.a. “The Human Beat Box”) is a successful American hip-hop music trio from Brooklyn, New York City, that emerged in the early 1980s. Briefly, the group was known originally as the Disco 3.
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Big Buff Love, the Human Beatbox, was a pioneer in beatboxing (using his mouth to create hip hop percussion sounds). He and another contemporary, Doug E. Fresh, popularized beatboxing, inspiring other artists to innovate, including Biz Markie and, later, others such as Rahzel.
The group’s 1984 self-titled debut, The Fat Boys, is considered by many to be an early hip hop classic, with artists like Boogie Down Productions and Redman, among others, making references to the album.
The group’s popularity ballooned by the 1990s. For example, Jay-Z laments the breakup of the Fat Boys in his song the “Heart of the City.” Prince Markie Dee left the group to pursue solo interests, which included producing many early tracks for Mariah Carey and Mary J Blige which included her debut single, “Real Love.” In 1991, the remaining two members, Kool Rock Ski and Buff Love, carried on as a duo and released Mack Daddy (1991), but shortly thereafter, the group disbanded (until 2008).
On December 10, 1995, Buff Love died of a heart attack in Rosedale, Queens, New York. He was 28 years old and reportedly weighed 450 lbs. Prince Markie Dee is currently a radio host for WMIB 103.5 FM the Beat in Miami, Florida on its afternoon drive-time show. Kool Rock-ski resides in New York.
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