Biz Markie

American rapper and record producer (1964-2021)

Marcel Theo Hall (April 8, 1964 – July 16, 2021), known professionally as Biz Markie, was an American rapper, DJ, and record producer. He was best known for his 1989 single, "Just a Friend".

Biz Markie
Markie in 2018
Markie in 2018
Background information
Birth nameMarcel Theo Hall
Born(1964-04-08)April 8, 1964
Harlem, New York, U.S.
OriginPatchogue, New York[1]
DiedJuly 16, 2021(2021-07-16) (aged 57)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • disc jockey
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active1985–2021
Formerly of

Markie was born in Harlem, Manhattan, New York City.[2] He married Tara Hall in 2005.[3]

Markie was nicknamed the "Clown Prince of Hip Hop".[4]

On July 1, 2021, there had been rumors about Markie dying.[5]

Markie died fifteen days later on July 16 in Baltimore, Maryland from diabetes-related problems at age 57.[6]

Discography change

Studio albums change

Year Album
1988 Goin' Off
1989 The Biz Never Sleeps
1991 I Need a Haircut
1993 All Samples Cleared!
2003 Weekend Warrior

Other websites change

References change

  1. "Rapper Biz Markie from Long Island dies at 57". Newsday. July 17, 2021. Archived from the original on July 17, 2021. Retrieved July 18, 2021.
  2. "Biz Markie". IMDb. Archived from the original on 2010-03-28. Retrieved 2021-07-17.
  3. Kavanagh, Joanne (2021-07-17). "Who is Biz Markie's wife Tara?". The US Sun. Archived from the original on 2021-07-01. Retrieved 2021-07-17.
  4. "Biz Markie, the clown prince of hip-hop, found a home at Yo! MTV Raps. | MTV Photo Gallery". Archived from the original on June 29, 2011. Retrieved September 12, 2011.
  5. Newman, Jason (July 1, 2021). "Biz Markie Rep Refutes Death Rumors". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on July 1, 2021. Retrieved July 1, 2021.
  6. Shafer, Ellise. "Biz Markie, Rapper Known for 'Just a Friend,' Dies at 57". Variety. Archived from the original on 2021-07-17. Retrieved 2021-07-16.