Tuesday, June 25, 2024

RIP Beloved Rapper Biz Markie, 57, “Clown Prince of Hip Hop,” Hit it Big with “Just a Friend”


Biz Markie, aka Marcel Hall, was a late 80s hip hop smash. A groundbreaking character in rap, he hit it big with “Just a Friend,” and never went out of style. He died today at age 57 from complications from diabetes. Condolences to his family and friends.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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