Hip-Hop Pioneer Biz Markie, Dead at 57

Biz Markie in 2017. Photo: Shahar Azran/WireImage

Pioneering New York rapper, producer, DJ, and beatboxer Biz Markie died Friday at the age of 57. A rep for the musician said in a statement that Markie passed away peacefully at his home in Baltimore with his wife by his side.

Markie, whose perpetually goofy antics and playful lyrics earned him the title the “Clown Prince of Hip-Hop,” got his start in the early 1980s in New York City. The teenage beatboxer and rapper eventually joined up with legendary Queensbridge-based collective the Juice Crew, working alongside

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