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The Fat Boys 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. 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 &, later, others such as Rahzel. Trying to capitalize on the appearance-oriented name of the Fat Boys, another hip hop group dubbed itself the Skinny Boys, & yet another the Fat Girls. The popularity of those groups was mild in comparison, however.

The group’s 1984 self-titled debut, The Fat Boys, is took by many to be an early hip hop classic, w/ artists like Boogie Down Productions & Redman, among others, making references to the album. For its 1987 album, Crushin’, the Fat Boys made a cover version of The Surfaris’ hit “Wipe Out” w/ The Beach Boys singing back-up vocals. The single created it to #12 on the Billboard chart, and #10 on the corresponding R&B listing. The Fat Boys also taped a version of “The Twist” w/ Chubby Checker, who performed it originally in 1960. Manager Charlie Stettler was a Swiss national who’d embraced hip-hop culture. In 1983, putting the two together he adjoined the emerging Swatch company & proposed 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 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 & Fred Seibert.

Capitalizing on their good-humored personalities, the trio starred in the 1985 Run-D.M.C. feature film Krush Groove & 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), w/ 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,” w/c featured Robert Englund performing as Freddy Krueger.

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The group’s popularity inflated by the 1990s, and Prince Markie Dee left the group to pursue solo interests, which included producing many early tracks for Mary J. Blige, which included her debut single, “Real Love.” In 1991, the remaining two members, Kool Rock Ski & Buff Love, carried on as a duo and released Mack Daddy (1991), but shortly thereafter, the group disbanded (until 2008). The Original Fat Boys are fondly regarded as a seminal part of early hip hop music recording history. 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. The surviving members of the Fat Boys launched its 1st official homepage on November 5, 2008. According to its official Web site, the Fat Boys have recently recorded its 1st track in nearly two decades and have plans of doing a reality TV show in search of a new member.  In the tv 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. In March 2009, Kool Rock-ski announced the launch of his official Web site, the Official Kool Rock website. His 1st solo project, an EP, is slated for release on April 14, 2009.

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