The Famous Classic Rap Song “Just a Friend”s Singer Biz Markie Dies at 57

Shilpa Paul

Marcel Theo Hall, whose Professional name was Biz Markie, was a record producer, singer, rapper, and DJ from the United States. The late American singer was best known for his single called “Just a Friend” which was released in the year 1989. His single became a top 40 hit in many countries which gained him fame.

“Just a Friend” Singer Is No More!

The sad news of Biz Markie’s demise was given by Jenni Izumi, who worked as the publicist for him. Jenni said the rapper-DJ passed away peacefully on the previous Friday evening while his wife was at his side. The cause of Markie’s sudden death has yet to be determined. In a statement, Izumi stated that he and Biz’s family was grateful for the countless calls along with prayers of support that they had attained during this hard time.

Marcel Theo Hall
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Jennie remembered Biz while adding that he created a legacy of talent that will be celebrated for a long time by his music industry friends and the millions of fans whose lives he was able to reach with the help of his music throughout his 35-year long music career. Lastly, he said that Biz’s colorful character, incessant jokes, and regular bantering will be missed by his wife, many family members, and close friends.

More About the Late Singer

Markie rose to prominence in the rap world as the self-proclaimed title of “Clown Prince of Hip-Hop” due to his playful rhymes and jovial demeanor. He was a also sought-after DJ for numerous events and he made songs with the Beastie Boys. He also performed an opening song for a comedy tour held by Chris Rock. The native from the New York City commenced his career where he was a beatboxer for the Juice Crew, another rap group.

Marcel Theo Hall
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He also helped Big Daddy Kane to join the group later in the year 1985. Three years later, he launched his debut album named “Goin’ Off”, which included underground hits like “Vapors” and “Pickin’ Boogers”. Markie’s platinum-selling single “Just a Friend,” the first single off his sophomore album “The Biz Never Sleeps,” catapulted him into the mainstream.

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