In recent years, it’s been the thing for rappers to call themselves some variation of “Young” or “Lil.” But back in the ’80s and ’90s, it was far more in vogue to be big and fat. And those names were not for show—those guys earned those handles the hard way. Here’s how much all those rappers who called themselves Big and Fat actually weighed (at their heaviest).
1. The Fat Boys
This pop-rap trio from the ’80s was so delightful that they starred in a bunch of movies in the ’80s, such as Disorderlies. They also weren’t ashamed of their weight—I mean, they named themselves the Fat Boys. You can’t make fun of them because they’ve already beat you to the punch. Classic self-deprecating bully-repelling behavior. Individually known as Prince Markie Dee, Kool Rock-Ski, and Buff Love (a.k.a. The Human Beatbox), they collectively weighed around 1,230 pounds. But not anymore: Prince Markie Dee went from 450 pounds down to 275, and Kool Rock Ski dropped from 330 to 162. (Sadly, Buff Love passed away in 1995.)
2. Big Punisher
Big Pun was hugely influential, the first rapper of Latino heritage to score a platinum album with Capital Punishment, which hit #1 in 1998. Best known for the hits “I’m Not a Player” and “Still Not a Player,” Big Pun was definitely not a player, okay? Unfortunately, he died in 2000 after having released just one album.
3. Heavy D
The deep-voiced rapper had huge hits with “Now That We Found Love” and “Nuttin’ But Love.” (He was a lovely kind of guy.) The perils of stage names are that once you’ve got one and get famous, you’re stuck with it. (Well, unless you’re Puff Daddy/P.Diddy/Diddy) After losing more than 150 pounds, Heavy D kept the Heavy D moniker and got into acting, notably a recurring role on your mom’s third-favorite show, Bones. He died in 2011.
4. The Notorious B.I.G.
Christopher Wallace, a.k.a. the Notorious B.I.G., a.k.a Biggie Smalls had a size that was almost as intimidating as his flow, standing 6’2″ and weighing nearly 400 pounds. He’d only released two albums before he was murdered in 1997.
5. Fat Joe
The prolific, Bronx born leader of the Terror Squad who’s best known for ubquitous hits in the early ’00s like “What’s Luv?” and “Lean Back” topped out at 350 pounds before the death of Big Punisher prompted him to go low-carb and lose 88 pounds. (He could go by just “Joe” now, but there’s already that other guy from the 2000s named Joe.)
6. Chubb Rock
Chubb Rock was a chubby dude. Not only did he name himself Chubb Rock, but he made his other nickname, “The Chubbster,” the title of his #1 1991 rap hit.