Friday we lost the Clown Prince of Hip Hop, Biz Markie. Marcel Theo Hall, Markie’s God given name, died on Friday, July 16th, 2021 at the age of 57. He died due to complications of Type 2 diabetes, eventually succumbing to a diabetic coma and stroke.
Biz Markie is best known for the hit song “Just A Friend” from his 1989 studio album The Biz Never Sleeps. Many artists have paid tribute to Biz Markie, including Beastie Boys’ Mike D: https://pagesix.com/2021/07/18/beastie-boys-mike-d-pays-tribute-to-true-entertainer-biz-markie/