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Biz Markie’s loved ones say their final goodbyes at his funeral on Long Island

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Biz Markie's loved ones say their final goodbyes at his funeral on Long Island

Biz Markie, a hip-hop legend best renowned for his beatboxing skills, turntable dexterity, and 1989 hit “Just a Friend,” will be laid to rest on Monday.

At the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, Markie’s family and friends will say their final goodbyes to the rapper-DJ, with Rev. Al Sharpton expected to offer the eulogy. Fat Joe, LL Cool J, members of the Juice Crew, and Big Daddy Kane are among the musicians expected to attend.

Last month, the New York rapper passed away quietly with his wife by his side. He was 57 years old at the time.

“Biz created a legacy of talent that will be long celebrated by his industry peers and the millions of fans whose lives he was able to touch through music over the course of his 35-year career. “His colorful personality, incessant jokes, and regular banter will be missed by his wife, many family members, and close friends,” Markie’s representative, Jenni Izumi, said in a statement.

For his cheerful lyrics and comical personality, Markie, whose birth name was Marcel Theo Hall, became recognized within the rap genre as the self-proclaimed “Clown Prince of Hip-Hop.”

He was a sought-after DJ for a slew of star-studded events, having worked with the Beastie Boys and opening for Chris Rock’s comedy tour.

In 1985, he started his music career as a beat boxer for the Juice Crew, a rap group he helped Big Daddy Kane join. He launched his debut album, “Goin’ Off,” three years later, which included the underground singles “Vapors” and “Pickin’ Boogers.”

Markie’s platinum-selling single “Just a Friend,” the first single off his sophomore album “The Biz Never Sleeps,” catapulted him into the mainstream. The friend-zone hymn made VH1’s list of the 100 greatest hip-hop songs of all time, as well as Rolling Stone’s top 100 pop songs.

According to the rapper’s website, Markie kept his name current by consistently booking more than 175 performances every year. He’s been on series including “In Living Color,” “Empire,” and “black-ish,” as well as the 2002 film “Men in Black II,” in which he portrayed an alien parody of himself with Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones.

In an episode of the children’s show “Yo Gabba Gabba!” Markie also taught the beatboxing technique.

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50 Cent Warns T.I. To Stay Away From Him After Latest Verzuz Challenge

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50 Cent Warns T.I. To Stay Away From Him After Latest Verzuz Challenge

50 Cent does not appear to be amused by T.I.’s remarks. The Atlanta rapper has been baiting the Queens, New York veteran into a Verzuz fight!

T.I. chastised 50 Cent last week for no apparent reason.

As a result, most hood people are aware of a street code. “Whatever you say behind my back, be large and bold enough to proclaim it in front of my face with your chest.”

At least, that’s one of the laws that 50 Cent, a rapper from South Jamaica Queens, lives by.

This is why he took to social media to criticize T.I. for smiling in his face at the BMF premiere in Atlanta just days after he sat on a stage and mocked New York rappers, specifically 50 Cent, just a week before.

T.I. appeared on the “Big Facts” podcast a few weeks ago, where he talked about his infamous Crime Stoppers commercial, which 50 Cent re-posted in July 2020 in an attempt to insult the Atlanta rapper.

“Expect to be kicked when you’re fighting a man without arms,” T.I. said. “N##### do their best… They will use all means at their disposal to harm you… They don’t realize I don’t care a f###. I am content. I am aware of my identity. I’m aware of what I’ve done… I m################################################################################################### I spend much of my time alone.”

“This was a week ago,” Fif said in a comment area next to a pair of emoji eyes. This n#### was just telling me about a comedy show backstage that he was working on. I don’t like all this s###, and it wouldn’t be a good idea to come near me again; please keep away.”

 

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If you get the Scooby-Doo look after seeing that, it’s because you comprehend 50’s point of view. Especially if you’ve been keeping up with the news.

T.I. attended the Atlanta BMF screening and challenged 50 Cent to another Verzuz, according to AllHipHop.com. “50, I’m waiting on you!” the “Whatever You Want” rapper said after the BMF showrunner brought Tip out during his set.

T.I. has been with 50 Cent since July of 2020, and if it seemed impossible then, it certainly appears to be impossible now.

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Kanye West Shares X-Rays of Son Saint’s Broken Arm

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Kanye West Shares X-Rays of Son Saint’s Broken Arm

Kim Kardashian disclosed a few weeks ago that her five-year-old son Saint had fractured his arm, and now Kanye West is showing fans the X-rays.

On Saturday morning (September 25), the 44-year-old rapper posted three photographs of his broken arm to his Instagram account. The shattered arm belongs to Saint, according to the patient name on the X-rays.

Kanye did not add a caption to the snap, instead allowing the images to speak for themselves.

Saint was in a wheelchair after breaking his arm, and Kim uploaded photographs of him in a wheelchair on September 10.

“Who do you think cried more today?” she asked at the time. Today, my baby shattered his arm in several places. “I’m not in good shape.”

This isn’t the first time Saint has had to deal with a serious health problem in the last year. Kim disclosed in May that he had tested positive for COVID-19, and that she and the other children had also tested positive.

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JLO BUSTIN’ MOVES WITH JA RULE AND LL … For Global Citizens Festival

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Jennifer Lopez went to Central Park in New York City on Friday night to rehearse for her big show the next day.

At around 8 p.m., J Lo took the stage with Ja Rule and LL Cool J and went through the motions, practicing five songs. They were on stage for about a half-hour, getting ready for the Global Citizens Festival on Saturday.

Two of the songs were collaborations with Ja Rule and LL… three of the songs were written by J Lo, including “Dinero.” “Ain’t it Funny” was performed by her and Ja Rule.

Tonight, the woman who just declared she feels like an outsider in Hollywood will be at the center of the action. And you can know Ben will be watching, cheering, and possibly busting a move or two!

Ben and Jen have been inseparable for months, and as we previously reported, they are hunting for homes in Los Angeles together — super-expensive homes with price tags topping $80 million.

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