“My close friend Biz Markie… Is gone at 57…” begins Ice-T via his official Twitter. “We shared a tour bus our very 1st tour ‘The Dope Jam Tour’ @LegendaryCOOLV , TJSwan… We were all so young and hype.”
Fans the world over are learning of classic hip-hop rapper and producer Marcel Theo Hall’s death this Friday, TMZ reports the icon, known to fans the world over as Biz Markie, passed at 6:25 p.m. ET on July 16, 2021. Biz was 57-years-old.
The legendary entertainer, known as much for his lovable charm and incredible sense of humor as he was his music genius, was surrounded by his wife, Tara Hall, and family at the time of his death. TMZ cites complications from worsening Type 2 diabetes as the cause.
“Enjoy every single moment of life with your friends and family,” Ice-T concludes for his late friend, adding: “Life is Short” via RunDMC.”
“Biz Markie was not just a rapper, but a fun, lovable guy, much like Heavy D. He stayed out of drama and just focused on his passion: the music. Our legends are dying too soon,” adds writer Corey Atherley on Twitter.
“Even my kids knew who he was from his spots on Yo Gabba Gabba. He was legend taken way too soon…” fan wiccapyre replies, one of the countless testaments to Biz Markie’s wide-reaching achievements, appeal, and talent.
Icons Mourn a Fallen Legend: Biz Markie Dead at 57
In addition to Ice-T’s touching tribute, NCIS: Los Angeles star and fellow music legend LL Cool J is also sending out his love Friday.
“Rest in power Biz… I love you bro,” LL Cool J begins the tearful video for his late friend.
“I just want to say… Biz Mark, my friend… We have so many memories, man. He was in the basement of my grandmother’s house when I wrote ‘Rock the Bells’,” he continues. “We used to always hang out back in the days, running around Queens… Long Island… And I’m glad we got to do some of the things we got to do towards the end, man. Love you bro.”
LL sends love to “the fans – your millions of fans across the world” within as he fights back tears. “I send my love to your family, your wife, to your management. Rest in power, bro. Love you, man.”
Watch LL Cool J’s Tribute to Biz Markie in full here. Other genre icons, including Rex Chapman, are paying their respects via Twitter. Chapman shares an incredible tribute from Quest Love, which you can read in full below:
Rest In Peace, In Power, and In Love, Biz Markie.