R.I.P. Biz Markie

2021-07-17 by Brendan Schroer CONTRIBUTOR | 24 Comments
American rapper and DJ Biz Markie, affectionately referred to by fans as "The Biz", has passed away after a long battle with Type 2 Diabetes. He had been hospitalized since April 2020 due to his condition, leading to him going into a diabetic coma in December of that year.

The Biz was best known for his signature hit "Just a Friend", as well as the incorporation of comedy into his songs; this has led to him earning the honorific nickname "The Clown Prince of Hip-Hop". He was successful in several other ventures as well, including being a talented producer, beatboxer, and writer. To this day, his music still appears in several soundtracks including Saints Row IV and the Netflix series Love.

Check out the videos below for the Biz's two biggest singles, "Just a Friend" and "Vapors".






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DivergentThinking
Contributing Reviewer
July 17th 2021
10798 Comments


Unfortunately, while the rumors of his death earlier this month weren't correct, this time it was in fact true. R.I.P. :'[

Also, here's the Rolling Stone article for reference: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/biz-markie-dead-1191772/

SitarHero
July 17th 2021
13328 Comments


Oh shit. RIP

ArsMoriendi
July 17th 2021
34714 Comments


Aw, his 1 hit's a fun one

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rockarollacola
July 17th 2021
916 Comments


Damn, I wasn't even aware he was hospitalized. RIP Biz.

Emim
July 17th 2021
30751 Comments


That title is awfully blunt. But yeah, big RIP

ConcubinaryCode
July 17th 2021
5739 Comments


Fucking diabetes. RIP Markie.

DivergentThinking
Contributing Reviewer
July 17th 2021
10798 Comments


@Emim: How else was I supposed to word it? That's how a lot of these articles have been titled in the past

Emim
July 17th 2021
30751 Comments


Not saying it's necessarily wrong, just how it hit me. Looking at the other articles, it does seem to be a common wording.

Trundle
July 17th 2021
3622 Comments


oh fuck, this is a hard one, RIP Biz!

WatchItExplode
July 17th 2021
9105 Comments


Good night sweet biz

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MetalMarcJK
July 17th 2021
345 Comments


Not the Biz! 😔

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BAT
July 17th 2021
1105 Comments


Rip biz :'(

TheSonomaDude
July 17th 2021
7612 Comments


damn, RIP. this guy had multiple bangers despite his one-hit-wonder status.

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
July 17th 2021
45491 Comments


saw this coming after the hospice news but was hoping he'd pull through. RIP, Just a Friend on repeat today

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SandwichBubble
July 17th 2021
12994 Comments


Left a real impact on music. Can't say that about very many others.
Spring again and vapors are classic tracks.

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sixdegrees
July 17th 2021
11846 Comments


RIP

Minushuman24
July 17th 2021
4797 Comments


wtf hard rip

Grungil
July 17th 2021
262 Comments


Was he related to Raekwon? RIP.

Kompys2000
Contributing Reviewer
July 17th 2021
6228 Comments


One of those guys who no one ever seemed to have a single bad word to say about- a real rarity in the music industry. Dude would collaborate with pretty much anybody and always gave it his all, and if that isn't worthy of respect idk what is. Hard RIP

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bloc
July 17th 2021
66295 Comments


RIP to a hip hop legend. The Biz Never Sleeps is a great album.

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oltnabrick
July 17th 2021
40286 Comments


RIP

Just a Friend stone cold classic for sure

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GrandpaFred
July 18th 2021
60 Comments


First cassette single I ever bought was "Just a Friend." Fun guy, RIP.

FabiusPictor202
July 18th 2021
1395 Comments


hard rip

Asdfp277
July 20th 2021
23393 Comments


rest in peace



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