Track #7 "Can You Feel It" by Fat Boys
“A young lady approaches with a very big smile
She wants to dance, but your feet are sore
But later for that, you go and dance some more
You do the hustle, bus stop, and even the samba
You make up a dance called the islands of ramba
Yes on the dance floor, you're throwin' a fit
And that is a result when you, feel it!”
The birth of Hip Hop couldn't happen without the death of disco, good times during post-Vietnam as America didn't need music to be peachy just boogie and get high. One day disco was pronounced dead with no notification, just a genre that played itself out. Upon the expiration of disco came the first wave of MCs rapping over disco beats and the kids attending their parties will take over to push the Hip Hop genre to the next level. Who puts The Fat Boys on the list of groundbreaking acts? I wouldn't, because where the Fat Boys wanted to take Hip Hop no one wanted to follow nevertheless and sincerely, I can name four songs I like and still listen now and then.
"Jail House Rap", "Stick 'Em", "Fat Boys Are Back", and "Can You Feel It", that's four songs that stand the test of time, good rhymes and competent beatboxing, Buffy the Human Beat Box was the 4th best beatboxer out at that time #1 Doug E Fresh, #2 Biz Markie, #3 DMX (Just-Ice). Buffy at times sounded like explosive diarrhea, and the Fat Boys LPs always felt like money wasted. The Fat Boys had two MCs Prince Markie Dee, and Kool Rock-Ski they capitalized on the gimmick of being fat, their high point or low point depends if you are a fan of the movie "Disorderlies ( 1987). The Fat Boys became lame so quickly they couldn't adjust to new Hip Hop, the Fat Boys planted the seed for commercial gimmicks to come, songs like "Wipe Out," "The Twist", and worst "Are You Ready for Freddy", another low point , overexposure with their fame but mystify who they were targeting, seniors ? The "Where's the beef" fans? Their gimmick wasn't a match for the new wave of Hip Hop acts like Boogie Down Productions and Public Enemy, teenagers are the market and always will be the market and the new school (old school hence classic hip-hop) knew what we wanted to hear.
There is a place for the Fat Boys in the pantheon of Hip Hop, their position is the section of "good intentions that become gimmicks that become lost to history.