Celebrities Mourn Biz Markie With Touching Tributes


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Fans of Biz Markie, including many celebrities, took to social media to share touching tributes to the hip-hop pioneer after news of his death was announced on Friday. He was 57. 

Questlove wrote in a lengthy Instagram post that the rapper-DJ “built me.”

“In my early early stages it was Biz who taught me the REAL places to cop records….Biz taught me what cities had good digging…..Biz taught me where to collect 45s……Biz taught me where to collect 8TRACK TAPES,” he wrote.

“He taught me ALOT,” Questlove added. “Im using ALL the education he taught me. We will miss him. But he will be here forever. Love you Biz.”

Markie, whose real name was Marcel Theo Hall, died peacefully Friday evening with his wife, Tara, by his side, his representative Jenni Izumi said in a statement. 

“Biz created a legacy of artistry that will forever be celebrated by his industry peers and his beloved fans whose lives he was able to touch through music, spanning over 35 years,” Izumi said.

Others on social media celebrated the legacy of Markie, who was a member of the legendary rap collective Juice Crew. The iconic beat boxer and New York native, lovingly known as the “clown prince of hip-hop,” released his platinum-selling song, “Just a Friend,” in 1989. 

LL Cool J shared an emotional video on Instagram reflecting on the “many memories” he shared with Markie. “Love you bro,” he said. 

Missy Elliot tweeted an old photo showing her and Markie, adding that she was inspired by his beat boxing. 

“I can remember so many times trying to beat box like you until my lips was sore,” she wrote. 

I can remember so many times trying to beat box like you until my lips was sore😩& whenever we saw each other your energy was always so full of Life/Love/& Good Vibes💜 Your impact in the culture Is 4EVER🙌🏾 & you will NEVER be Forgotten🕊💜🙏🏾 Rest king @BizMarkie👑 pic.twitter.com/gCzsdzQtwS

Tributes dedicated to Markie from fellow entertainers poured in:

Loved you Biz Markie!! Loved your music!!! RIP 🙏🏿🕊❤ pic.twitter.com/aHzxGPe03b

This one hurts baad ... RIP to my Aries bro... ahhh man @BizMarkie damn im gonna miss u so so many memories.. hurts bad. My FRIEND

First thing on my mind waking up this morning... I’m gonna miss my guy... 🙏 #BizMarkie pic.twitter.com/pdBy96faCp

My prayers and condolences go out to the family of the iconic Biz Markie. Much love brotha 🙏🏾 #rip #bizmarkie pic.twitter.com/zXMqZkwkaX

Rest in Beats, Brother Biz 🙏🏾🕊@BizMarkie pic.twitter.com/6Ys3LGBk4l

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Biz Markie, known for classic rap song 'Just a Friend,' dies

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Markie’s representative, Jenni Izumi, said the rapper-DJ died peacefully Friday evening with his wife by his side. The cause of death has not been released.

“We are grateful for the many calls and prayers of support that we have received during this difficult time,” Izumi said in a statement. “Biz created a legacy of artistry that will forever be celebrated by his industry peers and his beloved fans whose lives he was able to touch through music, spanning over 35 years. He leaves behind a wife, many family members and close friends who will miss his vibrant personality, constant jokes and frequent banter.”

Markie, who birth name was Marcel Theo Hall, became known within the rap genre realm as the self-proclaimed “Clown Prince of Hip-Hop” for lighthearted lyrics and a humorous nature. He made music with the Beastie Boys, opened for Chris Rock’s comedy tour and was a sought-after DJ for countless star-studded events.

The New York-native’s music career began in 1985 as a beat boxer of the Juice Crew, a rap collective he helped Big Daddy Kane join. Three years later, he released his debut album “Goin’ Off,” which featured underground hits “Vapors” and “Pickin’ Boogers.”

Markie broke into mainstream music with his platinum-selling song “Just a Friend,” the lead single on his sophomore album “The Biz Never Sleeps.” The friend-zone anthem cracked Rolling Stone’s top 100 pop songs and made VH1’s list of 100 greatest hip-hop songs of all time.

Markie, who released five total studio albums, consistently booked more than 175 shows a year, according to the rapper’s website. He’s appeared on television shows including “In Living Color” and the 2002 movie “Men in Black II,” which had him playing an alien parody of himself in the film starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones.

Markie also taught the method of beatboxing in an episode of the children’s show “Yo Gabba Gabba!”

The "Clown Prince of Hip-Hop" was an idol and collaborator of Big Daddy Kane, Roxanne Shanté, the Beastie Boys, Slick Rick, Will Smith, Wu-Tang Clan, Coolio, Fat Joe, and more.

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Biz Markie, the legendary rap pioneer known as “the clown prince of hip hop” and for his 1989 hit single “Just a Friend,” died Wednesday night. He was 57. “It is with profound sadness that we announce, this evening, with his wife Tara by his side, Hip Hop pioneer Biz Markie peacefully passed away,” the rapper’s family said in a statement. “We are grateful for the many calls and prayers of support that we have received during this difficult time. Biz created a legacy of artistry that will forever

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