Q (Magazine) (p.115) - "[I]ts boom-bap rhythms, funky basslines and good humour jogged hip-hop's needle towards the radio-friendly rhymes of Tone Loc and Young MC and the wry storytelling of A Tribe Called Quest."
XXL (Magazine Publisher) (p.91) - "Produced by rapper Kurtis Blow, their self-titled debut combined Mark 'Prince Markie Dee' Morales and Damon 'Kool Rock-Ski' Wimbley's raw rhymes with Darren 'The Human Beat Box' Robinson's booming vocal percussion."
Audio Mixer: Dave Ogrin.
Audio Remasterer: M. Samps.
Liner Note Author: Noah Uman.
Recording information: Mr. Magic's Rap Attack (01/23/1984/04/20/1984).
Photographer: Steve Friedman.
It's easy to forget that at one time hip-hop was considered an underground phenomenon, but in the mid-80s, a few important records broke rap music into the mainstream. Though often dismissed as a novelty, THE FAT BOYS was one of the most influential and most fun. With a trade-off style similar to Run-DMC, the Boys extolled the virtues of all manner of good times over choice old-skool tracks courtesy of the legendary Kurtis Blow. Perhaps the record's most notable contribution, however, was the song "Human Beatbox," which in addition to sparking the humorous catchphrase "stick `em ha-ha-ha stick `em," introduced the masses to the then-new art form of "beatboxing," or creating hip-hop tracks solely with vocally-produced sounds.