Prince Markie Dee – member of the Fat Boys, a popular hip hop group of the 80s – embraced death on Thursday at the age of 52. The boy group has made a significant impact in the music industry and earned praises from fans around the world.
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The tragic news of his death was confirmed by Louis Gregory, the band manager. Fans were expecting to be told the cause of his death, but no such declaration has been made.
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The group was managed by Louis Gregory, and he was the first one to spread the news on social media. He gave him a small tribute by emphasizing that he was more than just a rapper.
He said that he didn’t just lose a musician but also one of his closest friends, a brother. He promises to cherish everything he taught him. It’s his birthday tomorrow and he wishes to swing his way.
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Very few people know that the group Fat Boys was initially called The Disco 3, and it comprised of three members – Darren Robinson (the Human Beatbox), Mark Anthony Morales, and Damon Wimbley (Kool Rock Ski). The group was launched in 1983 after winning a contest held by Radio City Music Hall and, by the end of that decade, they had a platinum album to their name.
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The trio was known for beatboxing and having a great sense of humor. In fact, it wouldn’t be wrong to claim that the trio had a major role in introducing hip hop to the mainstream.
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Their album, Crushin’ was part of the comedy film, Disorderlies that was released in the same year (1987).
Some of their popular songs include “Jail House Rap”, “Can You Feel It?” and “The Fat Boys Are Back.”One of their top selling songs— that made it on number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100— was ‘Wipeout’ from the album Crushin’.
Dee actually ventured on for a solo career after the trio collapsed and wrote songs for famous singers like Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, and Mary J. Blige. In fact, he also became a radio host at WMIB in Miami – the show was called The Prince Markie Dee Show.
Questlove also gave a tribute to the music legend,saying that when Dee made music, there were no jokes regarding weight – at least, not in the arena of hip hop. He said that his shows were super amazing and that the world didn’t cherish the group as much as it should have. Furthermore, the group performed great routines and dance steps. The group was also amongst the first few who did several commercials and movies together – something considered an ordinary feat today.
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RIP, Prince Markie Dee.