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Fat Boys: Fat Boys

Original Fat Boys/Traffic Ent. Group

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Fat Boys are doomed to be remembered as a novelty act, but before they starred as bumbling male nurses in Disorderlies, they loomed large on NYC's hip-hop scene of the early '80s. For proof, look no further than the group's self-titled 1984 debut, reissued (with bonus cuts) in a pizza box. "Jail House Rap," "Stick 'Em," and "Don't You Dog Me" are funky and hard-hitting in their simplicity, and Kurtis Blow's muffled production is the perfect match for the group's greatest contribution, Buff Love, aka the Human Beat Box's yawning boom-bap and scratch vocalizations. If Doug E. Fresh defined beat boxing, Buffy sold it to the masses. Fat jokes wear thin here, but the liner notes and tastefully remastered tracks preserve the group's place in history, without too much extra cheese. (4 out of 5 stars)

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