Rapper Biz Markie died on Friday at the age of 57

Rapper Biz Markie

Biz Markie, the pioneering rapper, producer, and beatboxer, died on Friday at the age of 57. His jovial goofiness, off-kilter creativity, and innovative music established him as a singular presence in hip-hop.

According to Variety, his representative Jenni Izumi stated to the media that he died with his wife by his side. It stated, “It is with great sadness that we announce Biz Markie’s peaceful passing this evening, with his wife Tara by his side. We are extremely appreciative of the numerous calls and prayers of support we have received during this trying time.”

Additionally, the statement continued, “Biz created an artistic legacy that will be forever cherished by his industry peers and the countless fans whose lives he was able to touch through music over the course of 35 years. He is survived by his wife, numerous family members, and close friends, all of whom will miss his infectious personality, constant jokes, and frequent banter. We respectfully request privacy for his family during this difficult time.”

According to TMZ, he had been suffering from complications related to diabetes. According to the outlet, Markie, born Marcel Theo Hall, died shortly before 6:30 p.m. local time in a Baltimore hospital.

Last summer, the rapper spent several weeks in the hospital. At the time, representatives told the outlet he was being treated for a serious illness, but not for coronavirus. Markie’s type II diabetes was reportedly a factor in her hospitalisation at the time.

His condition was unknown at the time, and rumours abounded, with some claiming he had fallen into a coma, though others suggested this was not the case.

Markie is best known for his 1989 single ‘Just a Friend,’ which was included on a self-titled EP. The song’s signature piano melody (which was interpolated from Freddie Scott’s ‘You Got What I Need’) worked well with Markie’s narrative-driven rapping and raspy, off-kilter singing voice, propelling it to No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It has since become a staple of film and television soundtracks, appearing in shows such as ‘Empire’ and ‘Friends with Benefits’.

Markie was born in Harlem in 1964 and grew up on Long Island before joining Marley Marl’s illustrious Juice Crew as a beatboxer.

Markie was hit with a massive lawsuit following the release of his 1991 album ‘I Need a Haircut’, when singer-songwriter Gilbert O’Sullivan claimed that the rapper sampled his song ‘Alone Again (Naturally)’ without permission. Markie was found guilty.

He has appeared in a number of films and television shows as himself. Markie has appeared in films such as ‘Men in Black II’ and ‘Sharknado 2: The Second One’, as well as on television shows such as ‘Eve’, ‘Mad’, and ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’.

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