Prince Markie Dee, who as a member of the trio Fat Boys launched a few of hip-hop’s most commercially profitable albums of the Nineteen Eighties and helped pace the style’s absorption into popular culture, died on Thursday in Miami. He was 52.His loss of life was confirmed by Rock the Bells, a SiriusXM station the place he had been a number. No trigger was given.In the mid-Nineteen Eighties, Fat Boys have been amongst hip-hop’s greatest identified teams; their 1987 album “Crushin’” went platinum and featured a collaboration with the Beach Boys, “Wipeout,” that was their largest hit, reaching No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. That 12 months, the group starred in a full-length comedy, “Disorderlies.”Hip-hop was simply starting to turn out to be accepted into the mainstream of American popular culture, and the group’s lighthearted rhymes, accessible dance routines and successful comedic strategy made them efficient ambassadors on hits together with “Jailhouse Rap,” “Stick ‘Em” and “Can You Feel It.” Some of their songs have been about meals and performed on their picture as innocent heavyweights.Prince Markie Dee was born Mark Anthony Morales on Feb. 19, 1968. He fashioned the Disco 3 within the early Nineteen Eighties together with Darren (the Human Beat Box) Robinson and Damon (Kool Rock Ski) Wimbley, mates from the East New York part of Brooklyn. They received a 1983 expertise present at Radio City Music Hall, and have been signed to a administration contract by the present’s promoter, who steered they modify their identify to Fat Boys.Their measurement grew to become their gimmick, their calling card and their accelerator. Their supervisor as soon as organized a promotional contest wherein followers may guess the group’s collective weight.The group launched seven full size albums; along with their platinum “Crushin’,” three went gold. In 1984, Fat Boys appeared on the Fresh Fest tour, the primary hip-hop area tour. Four years later, the group recorded a brand new model of “The Twist” with Chubby Checker. The trio additionally appeared within the movies “Krush Groove” and “Knights of the City” earlier than breaking apart within the early Nineties. Mr. Robinson died in 1995 at age 28 after he fell off a chair whereas rapping for mates and misplaced consciousness.Prince Markie Dee launched a pair of solo albums within the Nineties, the primary of which spawned the hit single “Typical Reasons (Swing My Way).” At the identical time, he was starting to work as a songwriter and producer for Uptown Records, collaborating with Father MC and Mary J. Blige. He helped write and produce Ms. Blige’s 1992 breakout hit “Real Love” and labored on her debut album, “What’s the 411?” He additionally labored on songs and remixes for Destiny’s Child, Mariah Carey and others.Information about survivors was not instantly accessible.Later in his profession, Mr. Morales was a radio character at WMIB-FM and WEDR-FM in Miami and on SiriusXM. But he was greatest identified for being one of many Fat Boys when the group’s songs have been seemingly all over the place.“I’d be strolling and rapidly I’d hear music ricochet off the partitions,” the rapper Fat Joe wrote on Instagram, recalling how the Fat Boys’s beatboxing — “huh huh huh ha huh” — was “the primary track they might play on the block occasion to summon you to seem.”He known as Mr. Morales “an amazing man, a legend and pioneer.”