Darren Robinson, better known by his stage name “Buff Love” and as a member of the iconic hip-hop group The Fat Boys, was a pioneer in the world of rap music.
His energetic performances and charismatic presence endeared him to fans worldwide. However, his untimely death left the music industry and his admirers in shock.
In this article, we will explore the tragic circumstances surrounding Darren Robinson's passing.
Who Is Darren Robinson?
Darren Robinson was a rapper, beatboxer, and actor who was a member of the 1980s hip-hop group The Fat Boys.
He was also known as Big Buff, Buff Love, Buffy, The Human Beat Box, The Ox That Rocks, and DJ Doctor Nice.
He was a pioneer of beatboxing, a style of vocal percussion used in numerous rap groups during the 1980s and 1990s, along with Doug E. Fresh and others.
Robinson and the Fat Boys appeared in the 1985 film Krush Groove. The film, largely based on the early days of the Def Jam record label, also starred Blair Underwood as Russell Simmons (called Russell Walker in the film) and record producer Rick Rubin, as well as Run DMC, Sheila E., Beastie Boys, Kurt Blow, and a teenage LL Cool J.
In December 1990, as the group's success was fading, Robinson was charged with photographing a 14-year-old girl being sexually molested at a party four months earlier in suburban Philadelphia. Robinson was fined $10,000.
How Did Darren Robinson Die?
Robinson's weight contributed to his death, despite the fact that he was ideal for the group's image. He developed lymphedema, or fluid accumulation, and died of a heart attack on December 10, 1995, weighing 450 pounds (200 kg).
According to his older brother, Curtis, who also served as his manager, he had been battling the flu. “He was doing one of his songs, and at the end, he got off the couch and was climbing on a studio chair when he fell,” Robinson told me.
“I tried to give him mouth-to-mouth, but he just couldn't make it.” At 3 a.m., paramedics were sent to Robinson's house in Rosedale, New York, but they were unable to revive the rapper.
Curtis revealed that Darren has been dieting and working on a Fat Boys reunion record.
The Rise of The Fat Boys
The Fat Boys, consisting of Darren “Buff Love” Robinson, Mark “Prince Markie Dee” Morales, and Damon “Kool Rock-Ski” Wimbley, were instrumental in shaping the landscape of hip-hop during the 1980s.
They were known for their lighthearted, humorous approach to rap and their ability to mix beatboxing with lyrical prowess.
Their albums, including “The Fat Boys” and “Crushin',” gained significant popularity and contributed to their status as hip-hop legends. The group's fusion of humor, catchy beats, and their larger-than-life personalities endeared them to a wide audience.