Prince Markie Dee
Prince Markie Dee, age 52, passed away on February 18, 2021, in Miami, Florida. He was born February 19, 1968, in Brooklyn, New York.
Prince Markie Dee (born Mark Morales) formed the pioneering rap trio the Fat Boys in 1983 with Darren Robinson (the Human Beatbox) and Damon Wimbley (Kool Rock Ski). They originally called themselves the Disco 3 but quickly changed their name to the Fat Boys. They were one of the most popular rap groups in the 1980’s with the hit songs “The Fat Boys Are Back,” “Can You Feel It?,” and they teamed with the Beach Boys for a hit cover version of “Wipeout.” Morales’s accomplishments with the Fat Boys include seven full length albums. Of these, three attained gold certification and one – Crushin’ (1987) – reached platinum.
The Fat Boys starred in the hit comedy movie “Disorderlies” in 1987. After the Fat Boys broke up, Prince Markie Dee had a solo career, produced songs for Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez and was a radio DJ.
Morales once dated and was engaged to rapper Pepa sometime during the mid-1980s. He died on February 18, 2021, in Miami, one day before his 53rd birthday. The cause of death is not known.