February 19th – Producer as well as Fat Boys leader Prince Markie Dee was born Mark Anthony Morales in Brooklyn, New York on this day in 1968.
Prince Markie Dee recorded seven albums with The Fat Boys from 1984 to 1991.
The Fat Boys whose two other members were Kool Rock Ski and the late Human Beat Box”, scored with classic hip-hop hits like “Jailhouse Rap”, “Human Beat Box”, “Can You Feel It”, “The Fat Boys Are Back”, “Don’t Be Stupid” and the classic anthem simply entitled “Fat Boys” which was released when they were still simply known as The Disco 3 on Sutra Records when they were discovered by Kurtis Blow at a talent contest in the early 1980’s.
The Fat Boys also hit with cover versions of classic hits by James Brown and The Beach Boys as well as a cover of “The Twist”, where they were joined by Chubby Checker who had a number one hit in the early 1960’s with this Hank Ballard dance classic.
The Fat Boys also participated in the “King Holiday” all-star single as well as the Artists United Against Apartheid hit single “Sun City.” Morales also co-starred with his fellow Fat Boys members in two major motion pictures; “Krush Groove” and “Disorderlies”, both released by Warner Bros.
The Fat Boys also appeared on episodes of television’s “Miami Vice” and “T And T.”
Morales later went on to form the Soul Convention Production Company with Corey Rooney and produce music for Craig Mack, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, 50 Cent, Destiny’s Child, Shabba Ranks, Lisa Stansfield and Mary J. Blige, whose debut album, “What’s The 411?”, Dee produced marking the beginning of hip-hop soul.
Prince Markie Dee released two solo albums after the break up of The Fat Boys; 1992’s “Free”, which spawned the hits “Typical Reasons (Swing My Way)” and “Trippin’ Out” and 1995’s “Love Daddy.”
Morales has also worked as an on-air radio host for both WMIB and WEDR in Miami, Florida.
The Fat Boys are currently hosting an online reality show that’s holding a contest to replace original member Darren “Human Beat Box” Robinson who passed away from a heart attack in 1995.