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The Fat Boys

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Miami Vice Character
Street Rapping Drug Dealers ("Florence Italy")
Members
Mark "Prince Markie Dee" Morales (February 19, 1960, Brooklyn, New York)
Damon "Kool Rock-Ski" Wimbley (November 4, 1966)
Darren "Buff Love/Buffy" Robinson (June 10, 1967 - December 10, 1995)
Active
1982-1991


The Fat Boys (Mark Morales, born February 19, 1960, Damon Wimbley, born November 4, 1966, Darren Robinson, June 10, 1967 - December 10, 1995) is an American rap music trio, who appeared in the show Miami Vice as three rappin' drug dealers, one (Robinson) offers Tubbs a joint, and then has to "make it disappear" by eating it in the episode "Florence Italy".

Career

The Fat Boys began their career in 1982 but didn't release their first album until 1984. "Buffy" Robinson was a pioneer in the art of "beatboxing", or making hip hop percussion sounds with his mouth, and became known as "The Human Beat Box". Their self-titled debut album reached #48 on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart, and was a gold album. Their followups, The Fat Boys Are Back! in 1985 and Big & Beautiful in 1986 did moderately well before their breakthrough Crushin' reached the Billboard Top 10 on the albums chart and they reached the Billboard Top 20 with a remake of the 1960s instrumental Wipe Out featuring the Beach Boys on backup vocals. They released three more albums, all charted well, sang on the anti-Apartheid song Sun City, the theme to Nightmare on Elm Street 4, with Robert Englund playing his "Freddie Kruger" role on the song), and appeared on a rap song featuring William "The Refigerator" Perry. In 1990 Morales left the group to begin working on solo projects (and helping Mary J. Blige's then-burgeoning career), leaving Robinson & Wimbley to continue as a duo until they disbanded the following year. In 1995 Robinson died of a heart attack at the young age of 28, at the time of his death Robinson reportedly weighed around 450 lbs. Morales & Wimbley reformed The Fat Boys in 2008 and released a new album, Fat Boys Unite, as well as a new "old-school" line of urban clothing.

Acting Career

The Boys were featured in the movie Krush Groove (with Sheila E., Run-D.M.C., and Coati Mundi), and Disorderlies (with Tony Plana).

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