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Los Angeles (AP) — Biz Markie, a hip-hop classic known for his beatbox skills, turntable mastery, and 1989 classic “Just A Friend,” has died. He was 57 years old.
Marquee representative Jenny Izumi said rapper DJ died peacefully on Friday night with his wife by his side. The cause of death has not been clarified.
“I am grateful for the many calls and prayers for support during this difficult time,” Izumi said in a statement. “Biz has created a legacy of art, which will be forever celebrated by his industry colleagues and beloved fans who have been in contact through music for over 35 years. He is a wife, many families, Leaving a close friend, you will miss his vibrant personality, constant jokes, and frequent jokes. “
Marquee, known as Marcel Theo Hall, has become known in the rap genre as the self-proclaimed “Prince of Hip-Hop” for his nimble lyrics and humorous personality. He made music with the Beastie Boys, opened for Chris Rock’s comedy tour, and was a popular DJ at countless star-studded events.
A music career from Newyork began in 1985 as a beatboxer for Juice Crew, a rap group that helped Big Daddy Kane join. Three years later, he released his debut album “Goin’Off” featuring the underground hits “Vapors” and “Pickin’Boogers”.
Marquee entered mainstream music with the lead single of his sophomore album “The Biz Never Sleeps”, the song “Just a Friend” that sells platinum. Friend Zone’s national anthem cracked Rolling Stone’s top 100 pop songs and created a list of 100 of VH1’s greatest hip-hop songs ever.
With a total of five studio albums released, Markie consistently booked more than 175 shows a year, according to the rapper’s website. He starred in television shows such as “In Living Color” and the 2002 movie “Men in Black II,” and featured his own alien parody in a movie starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. I played.
Marquee also taught how to beatbox in an episode of the children’s show “Yo Gabba Gabba!”.
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