RIP Biz Markie July 17, 2021 by Cherie Ann Turpin Biz Markie, the rapper, singer and actor behind the 1989 hit “Just a Friend,” died Friday in Baltimore. He was 57. https://t.co/XURcIO3q56 pic.twitter.com/hS3zkCRbL4— Variety (@Variety) July 17, 2021 “It is with profound sadness that we announce, this evening, with his wife Tara by his side, hip hop pioneer Biz Markie peacefully passed away,” his rep Jenni Izumi said in a statement to Rolling Stone. https://t.co/U77khxfkRG pic.twitter.com/5yjrKEJjf9— Variety (@Variety) July 17, 2021 Born Marcel Theo Hall on April 8, 1964 in Harlem, N.Y., Markie was raised on Long Island and began his music career performing in night clubs and colleges, eventually becoming a member of Marley Marl’s famed Juice Crew, where he performed as a beatboxer. https://t.co/U77khxfkRG pic.twitter.com/TqgPBvDXOZ— Variety (@Variety) July 17, 2021 Markie made many TV and film appearances, most notably as a rapping alien in “Men in Black II," and on “Yo Gabba Gabba.” More recently, he appeared in “Empire” and “Black-ish." He was in production on the film “Chaaw,” which is set for a May 2022 release. https://t.co/U77khxfkRG pic.twitter.com/0WgIypxu7z— Variety (@Variety) July 17, 2021 Rest in peace and power, Biz Markie.