Another Hip Hop artist’s voice has been silenced and the industry is hurting. We lost Prince Markie Dee (Mark Morales), a founding member of The Fat Boys, a group that came into editorial prominence through our iconic publication, Right On! Magazine. The Brooklyn-born artist, who died at the age of 52 on February 18, 2021 (just a day before his birthday), initially formed the teen rap trio The Disco 3 with his friends Damon “Kool Rock-Ski” Wimbley and Darren “Buff Love” Robinson. They later became known to millions as The Fat Boys.
As a member of The Fat Boys, Morales and his friends enjoyed success in the music and film industry. Although the group disbanded in 1991, Morales continued working with other artists and was a radio personality on LL Cool J’s station, Rock The Bells, on Sirius XM.
Right On! Digital’s Cynthia Horner recalls fond memories of Morales and The Fat Boys. “They performed at one of my birthday parties back in the 80’s, and the crowd went wild. They literally stole the show! Although they were a staple in the New York City hip hop scene, their charismatic personalities endeared them to fans around the world. Size didn’t really matter; female fans adored them and males respected their prowess.”
Sadly, one of the other members of the trio, Darren “Human Beat Box” Robinson, died on December 10, 1995, from a heart attack, leaving Kool Rock-Ski as the only surviving group member. Sleep In Peace, Prince Markie Dee, and we wish to offer our condolences to family members and loved ones.