They came out with a single on Sutra records called RealitySecond single was called Fat Boys in 1984oPeople loved the way they sounded They went on the first national hip hop tour with other greats Fresh Fes Tour They hit their commercial peak in 1987 with their Platinum LP Crushin’ Human beat box was also called “Buff Love” and “Doc Nice”Kurtis blow was their producer SONG: Fat Boys – Can You Feel ItThey had the same raping style as RUN-DMCSONG: Fat Boys – Human Beat BoxFirst time a human beat box was the star of a rap albumEntertaining on the album wasn’t really a single They were like a novelty act for a while and then faded quickly By 1986 rap changed so much that they were like Kurtis Blow nothing new was coming out of them in terms of sound so people lost interest One of the best stories of reinvention came with the Fat Boys they were able to findmarketing that tapped them into the new generation of rap They did a good comeback in 1987 and they had a Platinum album They did it with collaborations did a song with the beach boys (called wipe out) oIt was a remake oLots of Caucasian people and kids liked it new generation liked it SONG: Fat Boys & Beach Boys – Wipe OutThey also stared in a comedy film calledDisorderliesin 1987 Their next album would be called Coming Back Hard AgainoHad one song on it that further extended their life They collaborated with Chubby Checker he did “Let’s Twist Again” and “The Twist” SONG: Fat Boys & Chubby Checker – The Twist (Yo’ Twist)oThis song did well They eventually broke up Prince Markie Dee became a semi-successful R&B rapper – recorded a solo album in 1992In early 1995 The Human Beat Box was diagnosed with Lymphedema – rare crippling diseases oDied December 10, 1995 Darren Robinson passed away from cardiac arrest oHad severe battle with respiratory flu at only 28 years old Was working on a production deal with Sony at the time, as well as a Fat Boys reunionalbum15.16.U.T.F.OGroup in 1984 Hip hop is finding itself at this timeRecord labels are throwing demos intogarbage binsPeople got famous by sending a cassette,biography, and picture to record companiesU.T.F.O stands for Untouchable ForceOrganization oCame from James Bond Fascination They are from BrooklynOther than one song they weren’t relevant in the game of hip hop First rappers to have a costume concept
The one in the middle looks like a doctor – Called Dr. Ice ” The Hip Hop Physician” The DJ is called Mix Master IceoHis persona was a ninja because he could “cut up” things on the turn table On the left always wears a Kangol The Kangol KidoA Kangol is a hat the hats were sporty in hip hop in the 80s On the right dressed like a student The Educated Rapper oThe first ones to put rapping and education together They met when Whodini was popular because they were dancers for the groupo
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- Winter '11
- Hip hop music, RUSSELL SIMMONS