The Fat Boys

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The Fat Boys
The Fat Boys
Background information
Also known as
  • Disco 3
  • Original Fat Boys
OriginBrooklyn, New York, United States
GenresHip hop
Years active1982–1991, 2008–present
Associated actsRun-D.M.C., Kurtis Blow
MembersPrince Markie Dee
Kool Rock-Ski
Past membersBuff Love (deceased)

The Fat Boys are an American hip hop trio from Brooklyn, New York City, that emerged in the early 1980s. The group was briefly known originally as the Disco 3.



Manager Charlie Stettler was a Swiss national who had embraced hip-hop culture. In 1983, putting the two together he contacted the nascent Swatch company and offered the talents of his group. The American office marketing group, headed by Steven Rechtschaffner and Nancy Kadner, were starting to do some offbeat, interesting campaigns, and agreed to star the Fat Boys in one of MTV's earliest commercials. Stettler, knowing the video channel was playing no hip-hop, readily agreed. Even with no fee he sensed the exposure would catapult his trio into youth's mainstream. The company returned to The Fat Boys for a 1985 Christmas commercial, created by former MTV creative heads Alan Goodman and Fred Seibert.

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.

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.

For its 1987 album, Crushin', the Fat Boys made a cover version of The Surfaris' hit "Wipe Out" with The Beach Boys singing back-up vocals. The single made it to No. 12 on the Billboard chart, and No. 10 on the corresponding R&B listing. The Fat Boys also recorded a version of "The Twist" with Chubby Checker, who performed it originally in 1960.

Capitalizing on their good-humored personalities, the trio starred in the 1985 Run-D.M.C. feature film Krush Groove and in the feature film Disorderlies (1987), which featured Ralph Bellamy as a millionaire invalid who receives bumbling care by his good-natured orderlies (played by the Fat Boys), with a cameo by manager Stettler. The group was later approached to record the theme song for A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988), called "Are You Ready for Freddy," which featured Robert Englund performing as Freddy Krueger.

Attempting to capitalize on the appearance-oriented name of the Fat Boys, another hip hop group dubbed itself the Skinny Boys, and yet another the Fat Girls. The popularity of those groups was mild in comparison, however.

The group's popularity declined by the 1990s. For example, in the 1992 feature film Boomerang, Chris Rock's character laments the breakup of the Fat Boys. He was later quoted by Jay-Z in his 2001 song the "Heart of the City (Ain't No Love)". 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 pounds (200 kg). Prince Markie Dee is a current radio host for WEDR 99 Jamz in Miami, Florida working weekends. Kool Rock-ski resides in New York.

The surviving members of the Fat Boys launched its first official homepage,, on November 5, 2008. According to the website, the Fat Boys recorded its first track "Fat Boys Unite" in nearly two decades and have plans of doing a reality TV show in search of a new member.[1]

In March 2009, Kool Rock-ski announced the launch of his official website, His first solo project, the EP Party Time, was released on April 14, 2009.

On October 18, 2010, the cable network TV One's aired Unsung: The Story of The Fat Boys. It mentioned that the two surviving members reunited and were touring with Doug E. Fresh who was providing the beatboxing. There has been no confirmation if he is the new third permanent member. This was produced by the group's manager, Louis Gregory, publicly known as Uncle Louie.

In August 2012, The Fat Boys were scheduled to perform at the 13th annual Gathering of the Juggalos in Cave-In-Rock, Illinois but ultimately failed to appear.[2]

In early 2015, The Fat Boys re-launched their clothing line,[citation needed]

In August 2017 the groups current manager, Uncle Louie discussed their commercial success with Rolling Stone Magazine.[3]



List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
Fat Boys
  • Released: May 29, 1984
  • Label: Sutra
  • Format: cassette, digital download, LP (never released on CD)
48 6
The Fat Boys are Back
  • Released: June 1, 1985[7]
  • Label: Sutra
  • Format: Cassette, digital download, LP (never released on CD)
65 11
Big & Beautiful
  • Released: May 2, 1986
  • Label: Sutra
  • Format: Cassette, digital download, LP (never released on CD)
62 10
  • Released: August 14, 1987
  • Label: Tin Pan Apple/Polydor/PolyGram
  • Format: Cassette, digital download, LP, CD
8 4
  • RIAA: Platinum[6]
Coming Back Hard Again
  • Released: July 1, 1988
  • Label: Tin Pan Apple/Polydor/PolyGram
  • Format: CD, cassette, digital download, LP
33 30
On and On
  • Released: October, 1989
  • Label: Tin Pan Apple/Mercury/PolyGram
  • Format: CD, cassette, digital download, LP
175 52
Mack Daddy
  • Released: October 28, 1991
  • Label: Emperor
  • Format: CD, cassette, digital download, LP

Singles as one-time appearances[edit]


  • 1985 – Knights of the City, AKA Cry of the City (New World)
  • 1985 – Krush Groove (Warner Bros. Pictures)
  • 1985 – TV commercial for SWATCH wrist watches (AKA "Swiss-Watch")
  • 1986 – Miami Vice TV show, episode "Florence Italy"
  • 1986 – Fat Boys On Video: Brrr, Watch 'Em! (MCA Home Video)
  • 1987 – Disorderlies (Warner Bros. Pictures)
  • 1987 – Square One music video "Burger Pattern" (Sesame Workshop)
  • 1988 – Square One music video "One Billion"
  • 1988 – 3×3 (Tin Pan Alley/Polydor/PolyGram Music Video)
  • 1988 – T. and T. TV series starring Mr. T, episode "The Silver Angel"
  • 1989 – Square One music video "Working Backwards" (1989) (Sesame Workshop)
  • 2010 – TV One's Unsung
  • 2017 – Detroiters TV series, episode "Husky Boys"


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  2. ^ Rabin, Nathan (August 14, 2012). "Strange times at the 2012 Gathering Of The Juggalos".
  3. ^ Rolling Stone - The Fat Boys: Hip-Hop's Pop Culture Ambassadors on Crushin' 1987 - August 14, 2017
  4. ^ "The Fat Boys — Chart History: Billboard 200". Archived from the original on August 9, 2016. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
  5. ^ "The Fat Boys — Chart History: Top R&B;/Hip-Hop Albums". Archived from the original on January 14, 2017. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c d "RIAA – Searchable Database: Fat Boys". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved August 10, 2013.
  7. ^ Feely, Marty (June 1, 1985). "June Hot Album Releases". Billboard (74).

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