Human Beat Box
Weighing in around 750 pounds, Brooklyn-based hip-hop trio, The Fat Boys, were pioneers of old school rap back in the mid 1980s. Originally called Disco 3, the gimmicky, comedic act was comprised of Mark "Prince Markie Dee" Morales, Damon "Kool Rock-Ski" Wimbley and Darren "The Human Beat Box" Robinson. Disco 3 quickly changed their name to The Fat Boys after the band's manager paid a hefty $350 bill for extra breakfasts at a hotel while touring in Europe. The group's self-titled record released in 1985 still ranks as a hip-hop classic that blends R&B, rock and reggae centered around killer beats; including a synthetic drum machine and a more organic percussion, using The Human Beat Box's mouth as a secondary beatmaker. This unique sound worked for the trio as did the cheesy word play between rappers Prince Markie Dee and Kool-Rock Ski, which often satirized the group's love for late night fast-food binges, husky waistlines, and a willingness to just chill. Novelty or not, The Fat Boys were always entertaining and instrumental to the early roots of hip-hop.