Prince Markie Dee is responsible for pioneering hip-hop as part of The Fat Boys. The Puerto Rican American rapper achieved massive success with the group, appearing in the 1980's cult classic Disorderlies and Krush Groove, the biopic of the early days of Def Jam. The group churned out several hits including "Wipe Out" and "The Twist," which were remixes of the original favorites.
Markie left the group to pursue a solo career under Colombia Records, where he released Free which included the #1 hit "Typical Reasons (Swing My Way)." After the album, Markie felt that producing music would be a way for him to contribute to the music industry, which proved to be a lucrative career for the former Fat Boy. He went on to write and produce hit songs for Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, J.Lo and Marc Anthony.