After the news
of Biz Markie
was announced on Friday, fans
, including many celebrities
, took to social media
to share heartfelt tributes to the hip-hop pioneer, who was 57.
In a lengthy Instagram
claimed that the rapper-DJ "built me."
“In my early days, it was Biz who taught me the REAL places to cop records....Biz taught me which cities had good digging.....Biz taught me where to collect 45s......Biz taught me where to collect 8TRACK TAPES,” he wrote.
“He taught me A LOT,” Questlove continued, “and I'm using EVERYTHING he taught me. We will miss him, but he will be here forever. Love you Biz.”
Markie, whose real name was Marcel Theo Hall, died peacefully Friday evening with his wife
, Tara, by his side, according to a statement
from his representative Jenni Izumi.
“Biz created a legacy of artistry that will be forever celebrated by his industry peers and his beloved fans whose lives he was able to touch through music
over a 35-year span,” Izumi said.
Others on social media paid tribute to Markie, a member of the legendary rap group Juice Crew. The iconic beat boxer and New York
native, affectionately known as the “clown prince
of hip-hop,” released
his platinum-selling song, “Just a Friend,” in 1989.
On Instagram, LL Cool J posted an emotional video in which he reflected on the "many memories" he shared with Markie and said, "Love you bro."
LL COOL J (@llcoolj) shared this post on Instagram.
Missy Elliot shared an old photo of herself with Markie, saying she was inspired by his beat boxing
“I remember trying to beat box like you so many times until my lips were sore,” she wrote.
I can remember trying to beat box like you until my lips hurt and whenever we saw each other your energy
was always so full of Life/Love/& Good Vibes Rest king @BizMarkie pic.twitter.com/gCzsdzQtwS — Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) July 17, 2021
Fellow performers' tributes to Markie poured in:
Biz Markie, we loved you!! We loved your music!!! RIP pic.twitter.com/aHzxGPe03b — Viola Davis (@violadavis) July 17, 2021
This one hurts bad... RIP to my Aries brother... ahhh man @BizMarkie damn im gonna miss u so many memories.. hurts bad. My FRIEND — QTip (@QtipTheAbstract) July 17, 2021
He's Biz Markie (the show's star)He's Biz Markie (hard worker)He's Biz Markie (Mr. Dynamite)NOBODY BEATS THE BIZ (Rest In Beats) https://t.co/pvHtwbr45W
— Ice Cube (@icecube) July 17, 2021
The first thought that came to mind when I woke up this morning was... I'm going to miss my guy... #BizMarkie pic.twitter.com/pdBy96faCp — ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) July 17, 2021
My thoughts and prayers are with the family
of the legendary Biz Markie. Much love, brotha #rip #bizmarkie pic.twitter.com/zXMqZkwkaX — Martin Lawrence (@realmartymar) July 17, 2021
@BizMarkie pic.twitter.com/6Ys3LGBk4l — PUBLIC ENEMY (@PublicEnemyFTP) July 17, 2021