The Fat Boys
are a successful American hip-hop music
trio from Brooklyn
, New York City
, that emerged in the early 1980s. Briefly, the group was known originally as the Disco 3.
Big Buff Love, the Human Beatbox, was a pioneer in beatboxing
(using his mouth to create hip hop percussion
sounds). He and another contemporary, Doug E. Fresh
, popularized beatboxing, inspiring other artists to innovate, including Biz Markie
and, later, others such as Rahzel
. Attempting to capitalize on the appearance-oriented name of the Fat Boys, another hip hop group dubbed itself the Skinny Boys
, and yet another the Fat Girls. The popularity of those groups was mild in comparison, however.
The group's 1984 self-titled debut, The Fat Boys
, is considered by many to be an early hip hop classic, with artists like Boogie Down Productions
, among others, making references to the album. For its 1987 album, Crushin'
, the Fat Boys made a cover version
of The Surfaris
" with The Beach Boys
singing back-up vocals
. The single
made it to #12 on the Billboard
chart, and #10 on the corresponding R&B
listing. The Fat Boys also recorded a version of "The Twist
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