The Fat Boys

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The Fat Boys
FatBoys.jpg
The Fat Boys, Prince Markie Dee (top),
Kool Rock-ski (bottom)
Background information
Birth name Disco 3
Also known as Original Fat Boys
Origin Brooklyn, New York, United States
Genres Hip hop
Years active 1982–1991, 2008–present
Labels Sutra Records
Tin Pan Apple/Polydor/PolyGram Records
Uncle Louie Music Group
Associated acts Run-D.M.C.
Kurtis Blow
Website OriginalFatBoys.com
Members Prince Markie Dee
Kool Rock-Ski
Past members Buff Love

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.

Members[edit]

History[edit]

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 #12 on the Billboard chart, and #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, OriginalFatBoys.com, 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, KoolRockSki.com. 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, FatBoysClothing.com.[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[3]
US
R&B/HH
[4]
Fat Boys
  • Released: May 29, 1984
  • Label: Sutra
  • Format: CD, cassette, digital download, LP
48 6
The Fat Boys Are Back
  • Released: June 1, 1985[6]
  • Label: Sutra
  • Format: CD, cassette, digital download, LP
65 11
  • RIAA: Gold[5]
Big & Beautiful
  • Released: May 2, 1986
  • Label: Sutra
  • Format: CD, cassette, digital download, LP
62 10
Crushin'
  • Released: August 14, 1987
  • Label: Polydor
  • Format: CD, cassette, digital download, LP
8 4
  • RIAA: Platinum[5]
Coming Back Hard Again
  • Released: July 1, 1988
  • Label: Polydor
  • Format: CD, cassette, digital download, LP
33 30
  • RIAA: Gold[5]
On and On
  • Released: October, 1989
  • Label: Polydor
  • Format: CD, cassette, digital download, LP
175 52
Mack Daddy
  • Released: October 28, 1991
  • Label: Emperor
  • Format: CD, cassette, digital download, LP
89

Singles as one-time appearances[edit]

Filmography[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 show starring Mr. T, episode "The Silver Angel"
  • 1989 – Square One music video "Working Backwards" (1989) (Sesame Workshop)
  • 2010 TV One's Unsung

Other media[edit]

  • 1988–1989 – Police Academy: The Animated Series (in the Police Academy animated series, the Fat Boys are similar and appear as House's Friends: Big Boss, Cool and Mark).
  • 1987 – New Coke: Buff Love and the Human Beatbox improvised a rap live on the air with Guffy Roberts on the New Coke '87 "Thanksgiving Raptacular" radio special.
  • 2000–2002 – Jackass Tracks made by the Fat Boys were used in several MTV Jackass episodes, notably the self-titled song "The Fat Boys" in the Jackass skit called "Fat Fuck", which featured Brandon Dicamillo & Bam Margera dressed up as overweight people.
  • 1989 – The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! episode "Bad Rap" features two chubby rappers by the name of "the Flab Boys", a reference to The Fat Boys.
  • The Fat Boys cover of the Surfaris song "Wipe Out" was used by National Wrestling Alliance / World Championship Wrestling tag-team "Dynamic Dudes" (John Laurinaitis & Shane Douglas) as their entrance theme.
  • 1997 – The Johnny Bravo episode "Hip-Hop Flop!" Johnny hears of a hip-hop group called the Round Pound, and seeks some advice from them to gain the love to a female hip-hop fan. The hip-hop group, The Round Pound, is a reference to The Fat Boys.
  • In the television series Everybody Hates Chris, the episode "Everybody Hates Fake IDs" from the fourth season revolves around Chris and Greg's attempts to enter a Fat Boys concert in 1987.

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