Biz Markie, “Just a Friend” rapper, has died at 57

Biz Markie, the charismatic rapper whose infectious 1989 single “Just a Close friend” became a pop tradition vintage, has died, his manager verified in a statement. Markie, whose serious title is Marcel Theo Corridor, was 57.

“It is with profound unhappiness that we announce, this evening, with his wife Tara by his aspect, Hip Hop pioneer Biz Markie peacefully passed away,” the statement claimed. 

“Biz developed a legacy of artistry that will forever be celebrated by his field peers and his beloved lovers whose life he was in a position to contact through audio, spanning around 35 years,” the assertion included. “He leaves driving a wife, a lot of household customers and close friends who will pass up his lively identity, consistent jokes and regular banter.” 

Markie experienced a record of wellbeing challenges. Final 12 months, he was hospitalized in Maryland and addressed for complications that are a part of his background with Type II diabetes. In 2014, Markie mentioned he had to get rid of over 150 pounds to boost his wellness, Bet noted. Kind II diabetes develops when the body turns into resistant to insulin or when the pancreas is unable to produce enough insulin, in accordance to the Mayo Clinic.

Markie, who was typically known as the “clown prince of hip hop,” is finest recognised for his iconic 1989 one “Just a Mate,” which became a prime 40 track in many countries. The one, which samples the 1968 Freddie Scott tune “(You) Received What I Require,” was qualified platinum in 1990.

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Born in Harlem on April 8, 1964, Markie grew up on Long Island and graduated from Longwood Substantial School in 1982. He claimed that his nickname was impressed by the initially hip-hop tape he read as a boy.

“It was ’77, ’78, from the L Brothers. Grand Wizard Theodore was the DJ, and the rappers was Kevvy Kev, Learn Rob and Busy Bee Starski. I cherished Hectic Bee. Busy Bee just stuck with me,” he told The Washington Write-up in 2019. “My title utilized to be Bizzy B Markie, and soon after a when I place the Biz with the Markie. My nickname in my neighborhood was Markie.”

Markie launched his songs profession in New York Town but later on moved to Maryland soon after attaining fame on the university circuit in the Washington, D.C., region. 

His third studio album, “I Require A Haircut,” did badly in circulation soon after Gilbert O’Sullivan sued Markie for making use of an uncleared sample of his tune “On your own Yet again (Naturally).” Pursuing the lawsuit, Markie moved to television and film appearances during the 2000s, which includes portraying a beatboxing alien in “Guys in Black II” and himself in “Empire.” 

Apart from his performing and composing, Markie also cherished amassing exceptional clothes, toys and sneakers. In addition to Beanie Toddlers, he explained to The Washington Publish in 2019 he experienced “the Six Million Dollar Male, paralympic Barbie, ‘Welcome Back, Kotter’ dolls, the Fonz action figure, the Munsters,” and just about every Barbie at any time produced. 

He also mentioned that persons would “usually sing” his legendary hit solitary to him when they saw him in community.

“The weirdest issue about my fame is that when I’m contemplating that it is really nearly above it just sparks back up,” he advised the Submit. “I created ‘Just a Friend’ in ’89. Some people’s data die — it sprouts up. Now it can be 30 several years later and it is really sprouted up yet again in commercials. They’re not permitting me die. The general public, the fans, they like me close to.”

“I am likely to be Biz Markie until finally I die,” he claimed. “Even immediately after I die I’m heading to be Biz Markie.”