Get the Strap


Biz Markie, Pioneering Rapper, Producer, And Beatboxer, Has Died At 57

By  | 

Biz Markie, the innovative yet proudly goofy rapper, D.J. and producer died on Friday. He was 57.

A native New Yorker and an early collaborator with hip-hop trailblazers like Marley Marl, Roxanne Shanté and Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markie began as a teenage beatboxer and freestyle rapper. He eventually made a name for himself as the resident court jester of the Queensbridge-based collective the Juice Crew and its Cold Chillin’ label, under the tutelage of the influential radio D.J. Mr. Magic.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *