In 1986 some of the biggest names in Black Music united to help in the effort to get Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s. birthday declared a national holiday. King’s youngest son Dexter Scott King spearheaded the assemblage of what would become The King Dream Chorus and Holiday Crew.
Vocalists El DeBarge, Whitney Houston, Stacy Lattisaw, Lisa Lisa with Full Force, Teena Marie, Menudo, New Edition and James “J.T.” Taylor were joined by some of rap’s finest, Kurtis Blow, The Fat Boys, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Run–D.M.C. and Whodini.
Darren “The Human Beat Box” Robinson, also known as “Buffy,” died on December 10, 1995 at the age of 28 from a heart attack. While many blamed his weight of 450lbs, it wasn’t the DIRECT cause of death. Prince Markie Dee told TheUrbandaily in 2010: “Buff died on accident. His heart did not just give out on him, he fell. Buff was so big that he couldn’t lie down. His weight would close his windpipe and he couldn’t breathe. He had to sleep sitting up. His heart went into overdrive and he suffered a massive heart attack because he fell. If he wouldn’t have fallen, he would be alive right now.”
Markie Dee is a radio host in Florida and Vice-President of Uncle Louie Music Group. Kool Rock Ski dropped most of his weight after seeing himself in Disorderlies. Both have toured with Doug E. Fresh filling in for the Human Beat Box.
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