Fat Boys first album debuted 31 years ago
Can you believe it 31 years ago was the first time we got hooked on Buff Love’s beatboxing. You read that right 31 years ago the Fat Boys released their self-titled debut album under Sultra Records. The album was dedicated to the memory of Rebecca Wimberly and William Santos. This album was their first album, which they released at the ages of 14-15. Big Buff Love aka The Human Beatbox was a pioneer in beatboxing and was the first to popularize beatboxing on records. The Fat Boys is considered by many to be an early hip hop classic with artists like Boogie Down Productions and Redman makes references to the album in their own songs The original album released in 1984 featured only seven songs but that was enough for the Fat Boys first album to top 2 charts. They managed to out on top being #6 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums list. The Fat Boys were also #48 on the Billboard 200. The song “Jail House Rap” also managed to peak at #17 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks List. The album would go to become certified Gold by the RIAA. Making Hip-Hop history because they were the first rap song to go gold.
The Fat Boys were probably the most popular because they didn’t write about the same things other MCs did. They were the first to reference pop culture in their raps. For instance the album features a song “The Place To Be” which in part is about Spiderman. I am a huge comic book fan myself so it’s easy for me to see how easy it was for people to relate The Fat Boys music back in the 80’s. Also on the song “Human Beat Box” they were the only ones to have Markie Dee and Kool Rock rapping over “Buffy’s” mouth generated beats, which is also known as beatboxing.
The album was rereleased in 2012 with 5 new tracks and three interviews. The rereleased version was put out in a case that looked like a pizza box and the vinyl looking like a pizza pie.
Here are some of our favorite joint of the album.