Prince Markie Dee, who was one-third of the Fat Boys, has died. He was 52 years old. The cause of death has not been revealed.
Legendary hip-hop figure Prince Markie Dee has reportedly died at the age of 52. Though the details surrounding the tragedy have not been revealed, AllHipHop reports the Brooklyn-native died “suddenly.”
Prince Markie Dee—born Mark Anthony Morales—rose to prominence in the 1980s as a member of The Fat Boys hip-hop trio, which included Damon “Kool Rock-Ski” Wimbley and Darren “Buff Love” Robinson. The latter artist, also known as the Human Beat Box, died from a heart attack in 1995 at age 28.
The Fat Boys released their self-titled debut album in 1984 and its follow-up, The Fat Boys Are Back, less than a year later. The first two efforts were produced by the iconic Kurtis Blow. Prince Markie Dee would release four more albums under The Fat Boys moniker and appeared in several feature films, including Krush Groove (1985) and Disorderlies (1987).
Prince Markie Dee and Kool Rock-Ski discussed the trio’s legacy during a 2017 interview with Rolling Stone.
“As far as our peers are concerned, I think we get a lot of love and recognition,” Prince Markie Dee said. “As far as the media though, I think we totally get ignored. … I think people look at Run-D.M.C. and Whodini as Hip-Hop artists and they look at us as comedians.”
Prince Markie Dee left The Fat Boys in the early 1990s to pursue a solo career.
The rapper/producer released his debut solo effort Free in 1992 and his sophomore project Love Daddy in 1995. He also produced and wrote for big-name artists like Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, and Marc Anthony. In 2008, he became a radio host at Miami’s 103.5 The Beat, and eventually landed hosting gigs at WEDR 99.1 FM and LL COOL J’s Rock The Bells SirusXM radio channel.
rest in peace to the great Prince Markie Dee of the legendary FAT BOYS. ?
— el-p (@therealelp) February 18, 2021
DEVASTATED to hear about the passing of Prince Markie Dee. If you weren't alive when The Fat Boys were active, you have no idea how important they were to hip-hop and to bringing this music to the masses. Classics in that catalog. Foundational music. R.I.P. to a great one.
— I’m Gary (@noyokono) February 18, 2021
— Mad Skillz (@SkillzVa) February 18, 2021
The Rock The Bells family is heartbroken to learn of the passing of Mark “Prince Markie Dee” Morales earlier today. That voice and his presence can never be replaced. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones. ??? pic.twitter.com/Tn6wSJ6soq
— Rock The Bells (@RockTheBells) February 18, 2021
Forever in my Heart. Prince Markie Dee was more than a rapper; he was one of my very best and closest friends. My heart breaks today because I lost a brother. I’ll always love you Mark and I’ll cherish everything you taught me. Tomorrow is your birthday, swing my way big bro. pic.twitter.com/XcIsHixOoc
— Louis “Uncle Louie” Gregory (@UncleLouie) February 18, 2021
R.I.P. Prince Markie Dee. Fat Boys were the classic and still the best example of making funny, mainstream rap music that was still genuine to the artist. pic.twitter.com/x53Ie6FR7Y
— Jensen Karp (@JensenKarp) February 19, 2021
Wow I did a zoom interview with the legend a month ago R.I.P. Prince Markie Dee of The Fat Boys ????????
— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) February 19, 2021
52 is just way too young, condolences to the family and friends of Prince Markie Dee.