Rapper Biz Markie dies at 57
Biz Markie, the pioneering rapper, producer and beatboxer whose jovial awkwardness, offbeat creativity and innovative music made him a singular presence in hip-hop, died on Friday at the age of 57. According to Variety, in a media statement, his representative Jenni Izumi said he died with his wife by his side.
He said: “It is with deep sadness that we announce, tonight, with his wife Tara by his side, hip hop pioneer Biz Markie has passed away peacefully. We are grateful for the many appeals and prayers of support that we have received. have received during this difficult time. ” The statement continued, “Biz has created an artistic legacy that will forever be celebrated by his industry peers and beloved fans whose lives he has been able to touch through music, spanning over 35 years. . He leaves behind a wife, many of his family and close friends who will miss his vibrant personality, constant jokes and frequent jokes. We respectfully request his family’s confidentiality as they mourn their loved one. “
He was suffering from complications from diabetes, according to TMZ. The outlet reported that Markie, born Marcel Theo Hall, died in a Baltimore hospital just before 6:30 p.m. local time. The rapper spent several weeks in the hospital last summer. Representatives told the outlet at the time that he was being treated for serious illness, but not coronavirus. At the time, it was reported that Markie’s type II diabetes was a trigger for hospitalization.
His condition was unclear at the time and rumors multiplied, with some indicating that he had even fallen into a coma, although others suggested that was not the case. Markie was best known for his 1989 single “Just a Friend”, which appeared on an EP of the same name. The song’s signature piano melody (interpolated from ‘You Got What I Need’ by Freddie Scott) matched Markie’s narrative rap and raucous, offbeat singing vocals, making it a hit, reaching 9th. spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It has since become a popular addition to movie and television soundtracks, appearing in “Empire”, “Friends with Benefits” and more.
Born in Harlem in 1964, Markie grew up on Long Island before performing as a beatboxer as a member of Marley Marl’s famous Juice Crew. After the release of his album “I Need a Haircut” in 1991, Markie faced a huge lawsuit when singer-songwriter Gilbert O’Sullivan claimed the rapper sampled his song “Alone Again. (Naturally) “without permission. The judgment was handed down against Markie.
He has appeared as himself in a number of movies and TV shows. Markie has been seen as an alien rapper in “Men in Black II” and a man named Vinnie in “Sharknado 2: The Second One”, while also appearing on shows like “Eve”, “Mad” and “SpongeBob SquarePants” . (ANI)
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