Rapper and DJ Biz Markie died Friday. He was 57 years old. There’s no word on the cause of death, but last year he suffered a stroke and was hospitalized due to complications from Type 2 diabetes.
Biz had a Top 10 hit with “Just a Friend” back in 1989. His career never really reached those heights again, but he kept performing as a rapper, DJ, and human beatbox.
He collaborated with everyone from the Beastie Boys, Will Smith, and the Wu-Tang Clan to Kesha, the Flaming Lips, and the Aquabats.
“Just a Friend” inspired Mario’s hit “Just a Friend 2002”, and it was also sampled by Austin Mahone for “Say You’re Just a Friend” featuring Flo Rida in 2012.
Biz also appeared in several movies and TV shows, including “Men in Black 2”, “Black-ish”, “SpongeBob SquarePants”, “Empire”, “In Living Color”, “Wild ‘n Out”, “Yo Gabba Gabba!”, and “Sharknado 2”.
Plus, he won the first season of VH1’s “Celebrity Fit Club” and performed “Just a Friend” with Jeff Goldblum and the Roots on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”.
Rest In Peace, Biz Markie, beloved trickster of hip-hop’s Golden Age pic.twitter.com/Ic24hyoa2J
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