American rapper, Biz Markie, popularly known as “The Clown Prince of Hip Hop,” has been announced dead.
According to the manager, of the music star who infused his music with so much fun and humour Jenni Izumi, disclosed that the talented music figure died at the age of 57, CNN reports.
Izumi in a statement wrote, “Biz created a legacy of artistry that will forever be celebrated by his industry peers and his beloved fans whose lives he was able to touch through music, spanning over 35 years,”
On his stint in the music industry, it can be recalled that he had a lighthearted persona, and a dance was named for him.
His historical background won’t be complete without stating the fact that he was born Marcel Hall in New York City, and began rapping in local clubs when he met hip hop producer Marley Marl in 1985.
He also went ahead to work as a human beatbox with artists MC Shan and Roxanne Shanté after meeting with Marl. He also secured a deal with the Cold Chillin’ label to release his debut album, “Goin’ Off.”
Markie would also be remembered for making a lot of impact and having a remarkable and interesting moment in the music industry.
His creativity and dynamism spurred his zeal for acting, which he eventually exhibited by appearing in several films and TV shows, including “Men in Black II,” as a narrator on the adult puppet show “Crank Yankers,” and on the children’s series “Yo Gabba Gabba!” with his “Biz’s Beat of the Day.”