CM – Mike D of the Beastie Boys pays tribute to the « true entertainer » Biz Markietribut


Legendary rapper Biz Markie didn’t like relaxing with the kind of funk or hip-hop music you’d expect from a “human beatbox” – instead the maestro turned to “Nobody Beat the Biz “different classics to relax.

« I’ll never forget how he showed up with a stack of 45s to make a mixtape to listen to on his flight back to New York, » wrote Mike D of the Beastie Boys in a tribute to the rapper who died on Friday at 57.

« He smiled from ear to ear as he put on Helen Reddy’s ‘I am Woman’ and sang along with headphones at the highest volume – so excited that he’ll soon be able to repeat this on his flight! »

Markie, who was born Marcel Theo Hall, worked with the Beastie Boys several times, including during a show at Madison Square Garden in 1988 in which he shot his own version of Elton John’s « Bennie and The Jets », a cover, that the Beasties performed a later album.

“Biz was a completely unique musician. Nobody else could do beatboxing, beats and grooves and sounds like him, ”wrote Mike D, born as Michael Diamond, on the band’s Facebook page on Saturday.

“It was all inclusive as hip-hop can be at its best. It’s also important to note that Biz wasn’t just a rapper or record maker, he was a real entertainer. ”

Mike D remembered a time when Markie opened for the Beastie Boys and the power went off during his DJ set .

“He never missed a beat, human beatboxing and a cappella singing without reinforcement. He was unstoppable. Biz, we love you and we miss you and we are so grateful for everything we could do and do together in the time we had. « 

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