Rapper Biz Markie, best known for 'Just a Friend,' dies at 57

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Biz Markie, a hip-hop staple known for his beatboxing prowess, turntable mastery and the 1989 classical "Just a Friend," has died. He was 57.

Markie's representative, Jenni Izumi, said the rapper-DJ died peacefully Friday evening with his woman by his side. The origin of decease has not been released.

"We are grateful for the galore calls and prayers of enactment that we person received during this hard time," Izumi said successful a statement. "Biz created a bequest of artistry that volition everlastingly beryllium celebrated by his manufacture peers and his beloved fans whose lives helium was capable to interaction done music, spanning implicit 35 years. He leaves down a wife, galore household members and adjacent friends who volition miss his vibrant personality, changeless jokes and predominant banter."

Markie, who commencement sanction was Marcel Theo Hall, became known wrong the rap genre realm arsenic the self-proclaimed "Clown Prince of Hip-Hop" for lighthearted lyrics and a humorous nature. He made euphony with the Beastie Boys, opened for Chris Rock's drama circuit and was a sought-after DJ for countless star-studded events.

The New York-native's euphony vocation began successful 1985 arsenic a bushed boxer of the Juice Crew, a rap corporate helium helped Big Daddy Kane join. Three years later, helium released his debut medium "Goin' Off," which featured underground hits "Vapors" and "Pickin' Boogers."

Markie broke into mainstream euphony with his platinum-selling opus "Just a Friend," the pb azygous connected his sophomore medium "The Biz Never Sleeps." The friend-zone anthem cracked Rolling Stone's apical 100 popular songs and made VH1's database of 100 top hip-hop songs of each time.

Markie, who released 5 full workplace albums, consistently booked much than 175 shows a year, according to the rapper's website. He's appeared connected tv shows including "In Living Color" and the 2002 movie "Men successful Black II," which had him playing an alien parody of himself successful the movie starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones.

Markie besides taught the method of beatboxing successful an occurrence of the children's amusement "Yo Gabba Gabba!"

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