The Hip Hop community has just suffered another massive loss. On Thursday (February 18, 2021), Prince Markie Dee, one of the founding members of The Fat Boys (originally the Disco 3) alongside Kool Rock Ski and the late Buff Love passed away. The cause of death has yet to be confirmed, but congestive heart failure is suspected.
Hailing from Brooklyn, The Fat Boys rose to the top of the charts in the 1980s as one of the first Hip Hop groups to release full-length rap albums along with Run-DMC, Whodini and Blow. The trio — who integrated beatboxing in their rhymes — released seven albums throughout the course of their career, including their Blow-produced self-titled debut (1984) and The Fat Boys Are Back (1985).
It was 1987’s Crushin‘ that took them to a whole other level. The album went platinum due to their “Wipe Out” collaboration with The Beach Boys. By this time, The Fat Boys had already made a name for themselves partly due to their appearance in the 1985 cult classic film Krush Groove. The same year Crushin’ arrived, they also had starring roles in the comedy film Disorderlies, which made more than $10 million at the box office.
Rest in power Prince Markie Dee.