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Confirming multiple reports from various news outlets, rapper BIZ MARKIE passed away today at the age of 57. An iconic and legendary talent, his career spand over three decades and he provided the type of personality that displayed a person who was born to be in Hip-Hop.
NPR reports that manager Jenni D. Izumi, manager of Biz Markie that the support of both calls and emails during this time of difficulty are greatly appreciated. While no exact cause of death has been announced, it was known for months that Biz (Marcel Theo Hall) was in declining in health.
Coming of age in the golden years of Hip-Hop, Biz would create an catalog that included memorable hits from “Vapors” and “Nobody Beats The Biz” to mention a few, to his most renowned track in music history “Just a Friend” that would catapult the young MC into superstardom and cement his legacy in Hip-Hop. He made music with his mouth (literally) as a beatboxer while making the world take notice of a movement that would last the test of time.
We here at TenthLetterMedia & Straight Official Magazine are deeply saddened by the loss of such an influence in both music as well as life. Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to his family, friends and fans.