Biz Markie Has Passed Away

Written by on July 16, 2021

It’s with nice unhappiness to announce that Biz Markie has handed away tonight (July 16).

A pioneering rapper, producer, and beatboxer, Biz — née Marcel Theo Corridor — transitioned on the age of 57. “It’s with profound unhappiness that we announce, this night, along with his spouse Tara by his aspect, hip hop pioneer Biz Markie peacefully handed away,” his rep Jenni Izumi mentioned in an announcement. “We’re grateful for the numerous calls and prayers of assist that we’ve got obtained throughout this tough time.

“Biz created a legacy of artistry that may 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,” Izumi continued. “He leaves behind a spouse, many relations and shut pals who will miss his vibrant character, fixed jokes and frequent banter. We respectfully request privateness for his household as they mourn their liked one.”

It’s assumed that Markie handed because of issues from a decade-long battle with Sort 2 diabetes. That battle, erroneously, led to untimely experiences of his dying in late June.

Biz was a member of the collective The Juice Crew, which additionally included the likes of Massive Daddy Kane, Biz Markie, Roxanne Shante, and Kool G Rap. Lovingly known as the “Clown Prince of Hip Hop,” Markie scored a High 40 hit with “Simply A Good friend” in 1989.

Biz was additionally notable for being the rapper who perpetually altered the soundscape of hip hop, following a profitable lawsuit from Gilbert O’Sullivan alleging that Markie’s 1991 monitor “Alone Once more” featured an unauthorized pattern from his personal track “Alone Once more (Naturally).” Following the lawsuit, all samples should now be cleared with the unique artist earlier than getting used.

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