Prince Markie Dee of 80s hip-hop group The Fate Boys has died at the age of 52, a representative said.
Louis Gregory, manager of The Fat Boys Confirmed death Thursday night with a post on Twitter.
“Always in my heart. Prince Marquee D was more than a rapper; he was one of my very good and close friends,” read the tweet from Louis “Uncle Louis” Gregory.
“My heart broke today because I lost a brother. I will always love you and I will fulfill whatever I have taught you. Tomorrow is your birthday, swing big swings in my way. “
The Fat Boys exploded in 1985 with the scene of their “Ingled You Eat It”. His 1984 self-produced debut album was produced by rap legend Curtis Blow and included “Jail House Rap” and “Can You Feel It”? “
He starred in the film “Vicar” in 1987 and cameo in the 1985 classic film “Crush Groove”.
The group’s fusion of freestyle beats and self-deprecating songs was influential for generations of musicians and songwriters who mimicked their slutty style.
“They were figuratively (no weight jokes) the biggest acts of hip hop at any time,” Questlove wrote on Instagram.
“Like the first act to reflect this culture, it may have some real international legs … They were so dope that we just took them. They did routines and dancesteps, albums went gold and platinum. Worked in films and TV and commercials. He first explored areas that today seem just Yawn A tuesday. “