Biz Markie, rap pioneer and famous for “Just a Friend”, dies

American rapper, DJ and producer Biz Markie has died at the age of 57, his representatives reported. Photo: AFP

The American rapper, DJ and producer Biz Markie died on Friday at the age of 57, his representatives reported.

Biz Markie, who rose to fame with the success of “Just a Friend” In 1989, he passed away with his wife by his side, Biz Markie Inc’s Jenni Izumi said in a statement.

“Biz created a legacy of art that will always be celebrated by his industry peers and his loving fans whose lives he was able to touch through music, in more than 35 yearsSays the note.

The cause of death of the rapper, whose real name was Marcel Hall, was not reported, but he had experienced health problems in recent years related to type 2 diabetes, indicated different means.

Biz Markie, born in New York, earned the nickname “PríHip-hop clown ncipe, ”for his songs with fun lyrics, such as“ Pickin ‘Boogers, ”from his 1988 debut album“ Goin’ Off, ”“ Let Go My Eggo, ”and“ Chinese Food. ”

“Just a Friend,” with its catchy chorus, reached number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100. and was later added to VH1’s list of the 100 best hip-hop songs.

Who was Biz Markie?

Biz Markie was recognized and much loved in the industry of music for his upbeat personality ever since he started rapping in New York clubs when he met hip hop producer Marley Marl in 1985 and worked as a human beatbox alongside artists MC Shan and Roxanne Shanté.

The most memorable incident of Biz Markie’s career was when musician Gilbert O’Sullivan sued him for her song “Alone Again” on her 1991 album “I Need a Haircut.”

O’Sullivan denounced that the use of fragments or samples of his hit “Alone Again (Naturally)” by the rapper it was an unauthorized use of his music, he won the lawsuit and hip hop artists had to eliminate the use of samples without paying royalties.

Biz Markie also gained fame for his DJ skills. so it became very famous for the good atmosphere that it generated during parties.

He also expanded his career to include acting, appearing en various movies and television shows, including “Men in Black II.”


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