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Sad news, Hip-Hop fans. The larger-than-life rap personality known to the world as Biz Markie has died.

TMZ broke the story, and said this about the passing of the “Just a Friend” rapper:

A family source tells us Biz passed away in a Baltimore hospital at 6:25 Friday night. We’re told his wife, Tara Hall, held his hand as he took his last breath … and the nursing staff was there to support his family, telling them how strong he was through his fight.

Take a look at some cool, colorful and commemorative moments from the life of Hip-Hop’s beloved human beat machine.


1. Biz and the Yo Gabba Gabba Crew

2. Mary J Blige, Biz Markie & Doug E Fresh – 2014 Essence Music Festival

2014 Essence Music Festival - Mary J Blige After Party Source:Getty

3. Men In Black 2 Beatbox Scene

4. Biz at Pitbull’s 2017 New Year’s Revolution in Miami

Pitbull's New Year's Revolution Source:WENN

5. Fun with Big Daddy Kane and Biz

6. Bushwick Bill of the Geto Boys and Biz Markie

7. Sesame Street Remake of “Just a Friend”

8. Biz Gets Love On ‘The Boondocks’

9. Biz and Snoop at an MTV Pool Party in 2005

Array Source:WENN

10. Biz Markie & DC Young Fly Get Into A Beat Boxing Match

11. The Legendary Juice Crew

12. Big Daddy Kane’s Birthday Party – 1989

Big Daddy Kane's Birthday Party Source:Getty

13. Biz Beatboxes ‘Just a Friend’ at People Magazine’s Studio

14. Biz Markie at Kensington High Street in London, 1988. Gone but NEVER Forgotten!

Biz Markie Source:Getty