LOS ANGELES (AP) — Biz Markie, a hip-hop staple recognized for his beatboxing prowess, turntable mastery and the 1989 traditional “Only a Good friend,” has died. He was 57.
Markie’s consultant, Jenni Izumi, stated the rapper-DJ died peacefully Friday night together with his spouse by his aspect. The reason for demise has not been launched.
“We’re grateful for the numerous calls and prayers of assist that we’ve got obtained throughout this tough time,” Izumi stated in an announcement. “Biz created a legacy of artistry that may without end be celebrated by his trade friends and his beloved followers whose lives he was capable of contact by music, spanning over 35 years. He leaves behind a spouse, many relations and shut mates who will miss his vibrant persona, fixed jokes and frequent banter.”
Markie, who beginning identify was Marcel Theo Corridor, grew to become recognized throughout the rap style realm because 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 numerous star-studded occasions.
The New York-native’s music profession started in 1985 as a beat boxer of the Juice Crew, a rap collective he helped Massive Daddy Kane be a part of. Three years later, he launched his debut album “Goin’ Off,” which featured underground hits “Vapors” and “Pickin’ Boogers.”
Markie broke into mainstream music together with his platinum-selling tune “Only a Good friend,” the lead single on his sophomore album “The Biz By no means Sleeps.” The friend-zone anthem cracked Rolling Stone’s high 100 pop songs and made VH1’s record of 100 biggest hip-hop songs of all time.
Markie, who launched 5 whole studio albums, constantly booked greater than 175 reveals a 12 months, in accordance with the rapper’s web site. He’s appeared on tv reveals together with “In Residing Coloration” and the 2002 film “Males in Black II,” which had him enjoying an alien parody of himself within the movie starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones.
Markie additionally taught the strategy of beatboxing in an episode of the kids’s present “Yo Gabba Gabba!”
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