Hip Hop has lost another legend in Biz Markie, as the 57-year-old rapper passes away.
Biz Markie started out his music career in the mid-eighties. Rapping in New York City clubs, Markie would meet producer Marley Marl. Hip Hop’s beloved pioneer would add producer, DJ, and beatboxer to his resume. After joining the legendary Queensbridge-based collective the Juice Crew, Markie worked with the likes of Big Daddy Kane and Roxanne Shanté.
Sadly Markie passed away on Friday (July 16) at the age of 57 as announced by his rep. “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,” said the rap. “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.”
The outpouring of love quickly hit the internet and social media, as Hip Hop remembered the “Clown Prince of Hip-Hop.” LL Cool J who shared a special bond with Biz Markie, went on IGTV and remembered his dear friend. “Rest in power Biz Mark my friend. So many memories. He was in the basement of my grandmother’s house when I wrote “Rock The Bells”. We use to always hang out back in the days,” LL Cool J said in the emotional video. “Love bro. I want to send love to all you fans. Millions of fans all over the world. Your family, to your wife. To your management.”