Biz Markie The Clown Prince of Hip Hop Has Died

Biz Markie The Clown Prince of Hip Hop Has Died

Biz Markie The Clown Prince of Hip Hop Has Died!

The hip-hop community has lost another icon, legend, and pioneer of the hip-hop movement from back in the day. We previously reported that Biz suffered a stroke around the Christmas holiday. Later Big Daddy Kane reported that he was getting better, but on Friday, the news broke he died… and are sad to report that Biz Markie, who infused his music with so much fun and humor has died.

Markie became known as “The Clown Prince of Hip Hop,” has died, his manager, Jenni Izumi, confirmed to CNN.

Biz created a legacy of artistry that will forever be celebrated by his industry peers and his beloved fans whose lives he was able to touch through music, spanning over 35 years,” Izumi said in a written statement.
Beloved in the music industry for his lighthearted persona, Biz Markie even had a dance named for him.
Born Marcel Hall in New York City, he began rapping in local clubs when he met hip hop producer Marley Marl in 1985.

That meeting led to Biz Markie working as a human beatbox with artists MC Shan and Roxanne Shanté.
In his spare time, Hall recorded demos and in 1988, he secured a deal with the Cold Chillin’ label to release his debut album, “Goin’ Off.”

Radio soon caught on and the album launched hits with “Vapors” and “Make the Music With Your Mouth, Biz.

Our condolences, Biz will never be forgotten in hip hop. Thank you for your creative mind and music. forever remembered.