Biz Markie dies at 57: LL Cool J, Questlove and more pay tribute

Celebrated hip hop artist Biz Markie will be honored after his death.

The artist, best known for his 1989 single “Just a Friend,” died this week after more than a year of serious health complications. Markie’s brother, Diamond Shell, confirmed the news on facebook on Friday. “To the legend of the baddest beat icon … my brother BIZ MARKIE,” he wrote. “I will miss you more than words …”.

In July 2020, it became known that Biz Markie had been hospitalized for several weeks due to complications from type 2 diabetes. He later suffered a stroke while in the hospital, according to a report from HipHipDX in December.

Born Marcel Theo Hall in Harlem, New York, in 1964, Biz Markie grew up on Long Island and released his debut album, Coming out, in 1988. His follow-up album, The biz never sleepsHe dropped out the following year and it turned out to be one of his biggest hits, with “Just a Friend.” The album was certified Gold by the RIAA in 1990. Biz Markie released three other studio albums: 1991 I need a haircut, From 1993 All samples erased! and his latest original album, Weekend warrior, in 2003.

The artist also had numerous cameos and appearances in movies and television shows, often playing fictional versions of himself, including Black-ish, Empire, Sharknado 2: The Second Y Men in black ii, Among many others.

After the news of his death, famous friends like LL Cool J posted tribute on their social media. “Rest in the power Biz … I love you brother,” the post titled.

Quest Love also published an extensive post on all the things Markie taught him, writing in part: “Biz built me ​​man. In my early stages it was Biz who showed me the REAL places for police records … Business taught me what that cities had good digging ….. Biz showed me where to collect 45s …… Biz showed me where to collect 8TRACK TAPES !! “

“Rest in power for one of my all-time heroes. Fuck. Nobody beats Biz. ❤️” Jonah Hill also posted.

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