Hip Hop Legend, Biz Markie Has Died, Aged 57

Hip hop legend, Biz Markie has died aged 57-years-old. The late 1980s rapper was most notably famous for 1989 single, ‘Just A Friend’.

Biz Markie’s representative, Jenni Izumi confirmed the news via a statement. The cause of death has not yet been released, but Izumi confirmed Markie died peacefully Friday night with his wife by his side.

“We are grateful for the many calls and prayers of support that we have received during this difficult time,” said Izumi in the 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 was diagnosed with diabetes in 2014 and spent time in hospital for the condition throughout 2020.

Tributes are pouring out Biz Markie now.

“Biz was a completely unique musician,” said Beastie Boys’ Mike D in a Twitter statement. “No one else could beatbox, make beats and grooves and sounds the way he did, when he came out.”

“He didn’t play by the rules or observe any categories. If he loved something, he would play it or sample it or rap over it — or just DJ the song and have the audience sing along. He was all inclusive the way hip-hop can be at its best moments.”

Read his full statement below.

“All of my love to the one of a kind bringer of love and joy, the great Biz Markie,” wrote Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea.

“I will bang his records til the day I die and my heart will rejoice. I love you Biz.”

“A lot of who I am as a free spirit creative force is because of you,” tweeted Busta Rhymes.

“Thank you for being my Big Bro, My friend and Mentor King. I really hate this news. This shit is becoming too fuckin’ much back to back. GODFATHER BIZ MARKIE

Rest East and Transition peacefully King.”

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