Fat Boys

Genres: Comedy Movies Musicals & The Arts Urban
Tags: hip-hop old school rap beatbox 80s hip hop old school rap Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1980s 1990s
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From the Bronx, New York City, New York, USA, the Fat Boys were originally known as the Disco 3, before deciding to trade in the appellation in exchange for something more gimmicky. The bulk of their material dealt with just that, emphasising their size, and did little to avert the widely held perception of them as a novelty act. The trio consisted of Darren ‘The Human Beatbox/Buff Love’ Robinson (1968, New York, USA, d. 10 December 1995), Mark ‘Prince Markie Dee’ Morales, and Damon ‘Kool Rockski’ Wimbley. They were discovered by Charlie Stetler (later manager of MTV’s Dr. Dre and Ed Lover), whose interest was aroused by Robinson’s amazing talent for rhythmic improvisation, effectively using his face as an instrument. It was Stetler who suggested they take the name-change, after winning a nationwide talent contest at Radio City Music Hall in 1983. Legend has it that this was prompted during an early European tour when Stetler...

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