Prince Markie Dee, one-third of the famous ’80s hip hop group The Fat Boys, has died.
Prince passed away suddenly Thursday, according to SiriusXM’s Rock The Bells channel, where he used to host a radio show. The report did not mention a cause of death.
The rapper helped start The Fat Boys, a pioneering rap group, back in the 1980s in Brooklyn. The group helped bring beatboxing to the mainstream, as they featured the sound on most of their songs — and paved the way for artists like Biz Markie and Doug E. Fresh.
Even after The Fat Boys broke up … Prince continued writing and producing for other artists. You’ll find his credit on songs by Mariah Carey, Ariana Grande, Drake, Jennifer Lopez, Mary J. Blige, Destiny’s Child and Frank Ocean.
The Fat Boys had a brief Hollywood career too, as they co-starred in 2 movies … “Krush Groove” and “Disorderlies.”
Prince moved on to a solo career after The Fat Boys, signing with Columbia Records and releasing his debut album “Free” in 1992, featuring his chart-topping single, “Typical Reasons (Swing My Way).”
A career in radio followed, with Prince working as a host for Miami’s 103.5 The Beat WMIB before his most recent gig as a host and DJ at Rock The Bells.
His groupmate, Darren “Buff Love” Robinson died in 1995 of a heart attack. Damon “Kool Rock-Ski” Wimbley is now the only surviving member.
Prince was 52.