HARLEM WEEK 2021 – Nobody beat Biz Markie: Recalling the

It was a quite unfortunate day in new music when beloved Harlem-born rapper Biz Markie died on July 16. He was 57.

Jenni Izumi, Markie’s representative, claimed he died with his wife by his facet. The trigger of demise has not been launched, but Markie was hospitalized past calendar year with troubles of Form 2 diabetic issues.

With out the Glocks and road violence in the lyrics of then-emerging gangster rap tunes, Biz Markie (born Marcel Theo Corridor) manufactured a lasting affect as a well-liked fluid rapper, qualified beatboxer and DJ since he started off his profession in the 1980s.

Praise for Markie was huge-ranging — from pioneering rapper Grandmaster Flash to folks singer-songwriter Paul Simon. As he stated in his 1988 monitor, all agreed that “Nobody Beats the Biz.”

Recognized for a few studio albums and a checklist of compilations, Markie acquired his finest fame with the one “Just a Friend” from the 1989 LP “The Biz Never Sleeps.” The tune attain No. 9 on the Billboard chart and was a Prime 40 strike in other nations around the world.

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“Just a Friend” also received fame as No. 100 on VH1′s 100 finest hip hop tunes of all time.

Markie also appeared in other mediums — together with participating in a beatboxing alien in “Men in Black II” in 2002 and internet hosting a clearly show on LL Amazing J’s SiriusXM radio present “Rock the Bells Radio” very last yr.

Fittingly, LL Neat J, Large Daddy Kane, Talib Kweli, Busta Rhymes, Ice Cube, General public Enemy, Naughty By Nature, the Beastie Boys and other luminaries from the rap songs earth compensated tribute to Markie.

Funk musician Bootsy Collins, former NBA star Magic Johnson, Harlem’s Apollo Theater, the Smithsonian Nationwide Museum of African American Historical past and Lifestyle in Washington, D.C. — and even the Nick Jr. preschool cable channel, wherever Markie done, also honored the rapper.

Teofilo Colon Jr., a member of the Mates of Crotona Park neighborhood corporation, said Markie created many appearances at Crotona Park hip-hop jams in the Bronx.

“He normally was just one of the DJs who carried out at The Annual Mates of Crotona Park/Applications of War Grassroots Hip-Hop Crotona Park Jams about the years,” Colon wrote on Facebook. “I will don’t forget him for normally becoming readily available to consider a photograph for any individual interested in taking a person with him.”

He additional, interestingly, “Also, I observed that he gave you his undivided attention when you were associated in a conversation with him,” and also mentioned Markie’s trademark perception of humor: “I also bear in mind his comic instincts, wonderful comedian timing and ability to courageous just about anything to get a reaction from the audience.”