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The Fat Boys’ “Are You Ready For Freddy?” Music Video & Behind-The-Scenes Interview!

The Fat Boys - Are You Ready For Freddy?

Remember when rap was fun? I sure do. I remember when I couldn't get enough of groups like Run DMC, Digital Underground, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, and of course... The Fat Boys. Sadly, those days seem to be long gone and have been replaced with talentless bling braggarts who are neither worthy of your attention or your hard earned cashola. But don't fret, for we can always listen to all the tunes from the golden era of rap. I'm sure a lot of you remember when The Fat Boys made the jump to film with their comedy "Disorderlies"... if you don't, I suggest you go out and find a copy as soon as possible to remedy such a grievous oversight on your part. What many of you may not know is that they actually put out a music video for their hit tune, "Are You Ready For Freddy?".

Not too long ago, I conducted a poll about the ultimate Freddy rap, and while "A Nightmare on My Street" by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince was the clear winner, The Fat Boys were the only ones to have their video for "Are You Ready For Freddy?" actually released. See, JJ&TFP did make a video for "A Nightmare on My Street", but New Line Cinema apparently sued them and it still hasn't seen the light of day. It's become a legend of sorts amongst fans of the duo, and some people swore they saw it air once or twice way back when. I really hope that somebody does manage to track down a copy of it if the video did in fact air for a few days before being pulled, because I know I speak for Elm Street and JJ&TFP fans worldwide when I say I'd kill to see it.

That said, the one thing they surely didn't have in the video was the REAL Freddy Krueger played by Robert Englund. But the Fat Boys did, as it was released in conjunction with "A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master" (which is my favorite film in the series in case I haven't mentioned it a thousand times already). It's a great video in which the Fat Boys were named in the will of their "Uncle Fredrick" and are required to spend a night in his creepy house if they want to inherit it. Of course, they think it'll be a piece o' cake, but Freddy has plans to scare them outta the house with his blades and dope rhymes. If you've ever wanted to see Freddy rap or watch The Human Beat Box eating a powdered donut while wearing the infamous striped sweater, kick back and enjoy the video. As a bonus, I've included a behind-the-scenes CNN interview with the group from back in 1988 in which it's mentioned that they were working on a horror-comedy movie called "Fat Wolf" at the time. Fat Wolf. FAT WOLF!!! Man, do I ever wish they actually finished the project, because I'm sure it would have been an amazing flick which would have no problem rivaling "Teen Wolf". Well, at least "Teen Wolf Too". Anywho, here's the video for all you fans of Freddy and the Fat Boys to enjoy!


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robo_rob on 09/22/2009 9:03 pm

I'll never get enough of that video.


ActionPlatypus (Guest) on 09/22/2009 10:29 pm

Mad props to Freddy for being able to keep pace with such esteemed rap stars as "The Fat Boys". Man, I miss rappers like that too... the ones we have now-adays would never do anything this cool.

Now, on an unrelated note, I was recently browsing the Halloween section, since it 'tis the season, and found myself reading the feature on the classic film 'Night of the Creeps', and remember that it not known at the time whether or not it had gotten a DVD release. Well, it turns out, there is one now, and in honor of the season AND the upcoming release of Zombieland, it's going to be put out on DVD as part of the "Horror Unleashed" collection!

Horror Unleashed

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Delirium on 09/23/2009 10:51 am

You know, not all rap of today is completely crap..
To quote the CunningLynguists, Rap isn't dead, it just went underground. There's not really any good mainstream rap anymore, and it kind of sucks that people just hear the bullshit on MTV and then conclude that its all like that, but there's still a lot of great rappers left.

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DougClayton4231 on 09/23/2009 1:49 pm

Amazing video! I haven't seen it in years!

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DougClayton4231 on 09/23/2009 1:50 pm

@Delirium, completely correct. The majority of decent music in general as of late has seemingly gone undetected. Sorry for the double post!

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Bosque_Smash on 09/23/2009 2:01 pm

Oh man, I loved the Fat Boys so long ago. I remember seeing their only movie Disorderlies and loving it so much. Thanks RoG, I'm having a nostalgia fit.

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A Bad Enough Dude on 09/23/2009 4:48 pm

As if fat people weren't already scary enough...

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palsy blue stupid on 09/23/2009 5:39 pm

The fattest boy of the fat boys is my favorite.


Bucket (Guest) on 09/23/2009 7:49 pm

I remember the days when the Fat Boys performed on Square One TV. One of their songs involved them trying to eat a million burgers.


Lady Jane (Guest) on 09/23/2009 8:58 pm

The DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince video was on MTV more than a few times back in the day. My sister and I were just talking about this and we remember vivdly it played quite a bit. As we recall it was great. It's a shame that the corporate scum at New Line Cinema had to be ridiculous about it rather than come to some kind of agreement so that the video could still air, not that MTV is actually MTV anymore.

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All Hail Duke on 09/23/2009 11:26 pm

first time i've seen this, although i've heard the tune before

and it was awesome

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-RoG- on 09/23/2009 11:26 pm

Lady Jane, do you remember any particulars about the video? How it looked, what happened in it, etc. Was it pretty much a reenactment of all the lyrics in the song or were they doing something else? I've read that the video wasn't like their other videos with the white backdrop covered in colorful graffiti.

And yeah, I really hope somebody discovers a copy of it someday on an old home VHS tape or something so they can put it up on Youtube.

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Kissarmy4life on 09/24/2009 1:29 am

best. video. evar!

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Ico on 09/24/2009 10:46 am

I just love the ending, where The Human Beat Box (R.I.P.), eats the Doughnut and smiles so happily. Best music video scene ever.
But my favorite song by Fat Boys is All You Can Eat :)


Lady Jane (Guest) on 09/25/2009 10:23 pm

Well, my sister and I were trying to remember and I can tell you that there is no white backdrop, and that the video was, as you said, a reinactment of the lyrics from what we remember. Both of us swear we remember seeing Freddy in it, even tho it's not Freddy's voice you hear in the song. And we both recall him chasing Will down a street, that must have been a really funny part because it really stuck with us. Also at the end when Will calls Jeff, I remembered Jeff picking up the phone and he was wearing one of those funny sleeping caps (like the ones that look like a Santa Claus cap). I'm sorry neither of us is really that much help, if I think of any more specifics, which I'm sure will come to me months from now, I'll let you know.

In the mean time, perhaps gathering up your fans and having them write or call the dirtbags at New Line Cinemas and complain about what pretentious assholes they are for sueing to take one of the best videos EVER off the air. If those fucktards get enough letters, like flooding their emails and whatnot, maybe just to shut everyone up they'll just comply with the people! It's every persons right to see this video dammit!

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sjmck on 09/26/2009 8:33 pm

Interesting. They didn't seem as fat as I remember.

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