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You might remember the Fat Boys as a gimmick group, and there’s a little truth to that. At the height of its career, toward the late 1980s, it cranked out a string of singles that basically remade or covered old rock ‘n’ roll hits, including “Louie, Louie,” “The Twist" — and, of course, a chart-topping collaboration with The Beach Boys in "Wipeout.” However, just a few years earlier, the Boys were hip-hop’s most potent trio this side of Run-D.M.C.

—Oliver Wang on the Fat Boys for All Things Considered

    You might remember the Fat Boys as a gimmick group, and there’s a little truth to that. At the height of its career, toward the late 1980s, it cranked out a string of singles that basically remade or covered old rock ‘n’ roll hits, including “Louie, Louie,” “The Twist" — and, of course, a chart-topping collaboration with The Beach Boys in "Wipeout.” However, just a few years earlier, the Boys were hip-hop’s most potent trio this side of Run-D.M.C.

    —Oliver Wang on the Fat Boys for All Things Considered

  2. Gil Scott-Heron’s memoir, The Last Holiday, is a singular triumph, one last act of love from “the godfather of hip-hop.”

    Gil Scott-Heron’s memoir, The Last Holiday, is a singular triumph, one last act of love from “the godfather of hip-hop.”