The Fat Boys


Funky, funny, and living large – literally – The Fat Boys became one of the most commercially successful groups of the 1980’s. They helped take rap from the parks of NYC to worldwide acclaim and sales. Mark Morales, (Prince Markie Dee), Damon Wimbley (Kool-Rock-Ski) and Darren Robinson (The Human Beat Box, aka Buff) parlayed a feel good brand of humor, all-you-can-eat buffets and an infectious party style into their music. Guided by manager Charles Stettler, a Swiss born hustler and novelty record maker, and produced by Kurtis Blow, they grew into international superstars, with inventive remakes of songs like "Jailhouse Rap," "The Twist" and "Wipeout" – the latter a hit and video they performed with the Beach Boys.  They would go on to influence a new generation of rappers like Heavy D., Notorious B.I.G. and Rick Ross, showing that big could be sexy. But the pressure to stay on top would cause rifts which would split the group apart, endanger their health and ultimately contribute to the tragic death of Buff in 1995. Finally reunited, the surviving Fat Boys recount the joys and sorrows of their career on Unsung.

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