US rapper Biz Markie poses on the twentieth Century Fox press line throughout Comedian Con on the San Diego conference middle on July 25, 2014. (Photograph by Chris Delmas / AFP)
American rapper, DJ and producer Biz Markie, who shot to fame along with his 1989 hit “Only a Buddy”, died on Friday, aged 57, in keeping with media reviews.
In a press release to US media, his representatives mentioned he died along with his spouse by his facet.
“Biz created a legacy of artistry that can perpetually be celebrated by his trade friends and his beloved followers whose lives he was capable of contact by way of music, spanning over 35 years,” consultant Jenni Izumi mentioned within the assertion.
No reason for loss of life was given for the rapper, whose actual identify was Marcel Corridor, however he had skilled well being points lately associated to Kind 2 diabetes, reviews added.
Recognized for songs usually that includes amusing lyrics, together with “Pickin’ Boogers” from his 1988 debut album “Goin’ Off”, “Let Go My Eggo” and “Chinese language Meals”, the New York-born Biz Markie earned the nickname the “Clown Prince of Hip-Hop.”
“Only a Buddy,” with its iconic off-key refrain, hit No. 9 on the Billboard Scorching 100 and later was added to VH1’s checklist of the 100 biggest hip-hop songs.
His loss of life triggered an outpouring of tributes.
Fellow rapper Q-Tip — whose former group, A Tribe Referred to as Quest, was on the vanguard of art-house hip-hop within the Eighties and Nineties — tweeted: “This one hurts baad… im gonna miss u so so many recollections.”
New York mayor Invoice de Blasio tweeted his condolences, saying, “Biz Markie turned hip hop on its head and introduced that New York humorousness to audiences the world over.
“We’re mourning a real son of Harlem tonight.”
Having began out as a beatboxer in his teenagers, in keeping with reviews, he later confirmed off his prodigious and pioneering talent in a memorable cameo as a beatboxing alien within the movie “Males In Black II” starring Will Smith.
He additionally appeared on the small display lately, as himself on common TV exhibits “black-ish” and “Empire” and lending his voice to the cartoon Sponge Bob in addition to being a recurring visitor on kids’s present “Yo Gabba Gabba!”
Extra not too long ago, he was identified for his DJing, posting about appearances often on Twitter — together with with a number of new rap stars similar to Cordae.
Posts dropped off in mid-2020, when he was reportedly hospitalized.
His fame prolonged far past the US — the place he as soon as DJ’d the White Home Correspondents’ Dinner — taking him to famend venues around the globe, together with the Bataclan in Paris.
Roots drummer Questlove mentioned “Biz constructed me man” in a prolonged tribute on Instagram.
“This cat was one in one million.”