Prince Markie Dee, Founding Member of Rap Trio Fat Boys, Dies at 52
Prince Marquee D, who released some of the 1980s hip-hop commercially successful albums as a member of the trio Fat Boys and helped the genre absorb pop culture, died in Miami on Thursday. He was 52 years old.
His death was confirmed Rock the bells, A SiriusXM station where he was a host. No reason was given.
In the mid-1980s, the Fat Boys were one of hip-hop’s best-known groups; His 1987 album “Crushin” went platinum and collaborated with the Beach Boys, “Wipeout”, which was his biggest hit, peaking at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. That year, the group starred in a full-length comedy. , “Disorder.”
Hip-hop was simply accepted into the mainstream of American pop culture, and the group’s rhythmic rhythms, accessible dance routines and winning humor approach made them effective ambassadors on hits, including “Jailhouse Rap.”Stick them“And”can you Feel It.“Some of his songs were about food and played on his image as a harmless heavyweight.
Prince Markie Day was born on February 19, 1968 as Mark Anthony Morales. He formed Disco 3 in the early 1980s with Darren (The Human Beat Box) Robinson and Damon (Cool Rock Ski) Wimbley, who were friends from the East New York section. Of Brooklyn. He won the 1983 Talent Show at Radio City Music Hall, and a management contract was signed by the show’s promoter, who suggested he change his name to Fat Boys.
His size became his gimmick, his calling card and his accelerator. His manager once organized a promotional contest in which fans could estimate the group’s collective weight.
The group released seven full-length albums; In addition to his platinum “Krushin”, three were of gold. In 1984, Fat Boy Fresh appeared on the Fest Tour, the first tour of the hip-hop arena. Four years later, the group recorded a new version “Twist” With Chubby Checker. The trio also appeared in the films “Crush Groove” and “Nights of the City” before breaking up in the early 1990s. Mr. Robinson died in 1995 at the age of 28 He fell from a chair and lost consciousness while rapping for friends.
Prince Marquee D released a pair of solo albums in the 1990s, singing the first hit single. “Common Cause (Swing My Way)” At the same time, he gave Father MC and Mary J. Began working as a songwriter and producer for Uptown Records in association with Bliss. He helped write and produce Ms. Blige’s 1992 breakout hit “real love“And her debut album,” What’s 411? “She also worked on songs and remixes for Destiny’s Child, Maria Carrie and others.
Information about the survivors was not immediately available.
Later in his career, Mr. Morales was a radio personality at WMIB-FM and WEDR-FM in Miami and on SeriousXM. But he was best known for being one of the Fat Boys, when group songs appeared everywhere.
Rapper Fat J wrote, “I will walk and suddenly I will hear a music ricochet from the walls.” instagram, Remembering how Fat Boys’ beatboxing – “Hah Hah Hah Hoon Hah” – “was the first song they would play at a block party to call you to show.”
He called Mr. Morales “a great man, a legend and a pioneer”.