Mark Anthony Morales (February 19, 1968 – February 18, 2021), better known by the stage name Prince Markie Dee, was an American rapper. He was a member of the Fat Boys, a pioneering hip hop group that gained fame during the 1980s. Morales was the vice-president of Uncle Louie Music Group.[

Morales was born on February 19, 1968. He established the Disco 3 together with Darren Robinson and Damon Wimbley in the early 1980s. After winning a talent contest at the Radio City Music Hall in 1983, they signed a contract with the show’s promoter. The promoter recommended that the group rename itself the Fat Boys, in reference to their weight.

Morales’s accomplishments with the Fat Boys include seven full-length albums. Of these, three attained gold certification and one – Crushin’ (1987) – reached platinum. Their hit song from that album that featured The Beach Boys, “Wipeout”, peaked to number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. The trio also appeared in the comedy film Disorderlies that same year.

They had earlier starred in the feature films Krush Groove (1985) and Knights of the City (1986). The Fat Boys attempted to broaden their artistic scope by releasing On and On (1989), a rap opera album. Its lack of success hastened the demise of the group. They released one more album, Mack Daddy (1991),  before disbanding soon afterwards.

After the Fat Boys, Morales embarked on a solo career. He signed with Columbia Records and released a solo album, Free (1992). It included a #1 hit single, “Typical Reasons (Swing My Way)”. After joining with Cory Rooney to form a production company, Soul Convention, Morales wrote and produced tracks for such artists as Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Craig Mack and Marc Anthony.

He was a producer for Blige’s first album, What’s the 411? (1992), including her hit song from that album, “Real Love”.

From 2008 to 2010, Morales served as the afternoon drive radio host/DJ at 103.5 The Beat WMIB radio in Miami, Florida. He subsequently worked at WEDR 99.1 FM. He last worked at the Rock the Bells Sirius XM station, hosting his own show, The Prince Markie Dee Show.[

Morales once dated and was engaged to rapper Pepa sometime during the mid-1980s.[9] He died on February 18, 2021, in Miami, one day before his 53rd birthday. The cause of death was congestive heart failure.

We @hiphopraisedmetheblog were  sad to announce the lost of a hip hop legend and Pioneer. 1/3 of the legendary @the_fat_boys_project @princemarkiedee whom passed upon this date of feb 18, 2021 at the age of 52.  Our heart & prayers still go to the family and friends of this icon.

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