Biz Markie’s Death Mourned by Questlove, Q-Tip, Wyclef & More: ‘A True GOAT’

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After Biz Markie’s death was announced Friday (July 16), reactions from his hip-hop peers — including Questlove, Q-Tip and Wyclef — started to pour in, in remembrance of the jovial “Just a Friend” rapper.

“Biz built me,” Roots mastermind Questlove started his touching tribute on Instagram, recalling how the veteran MC taught him where to dig for the best records, or even 8-tracks. “I’m using all the education he taught me,” he added. “We will miss him. But he will be here forever.”

“This one hurts baad,” A Tribe Called Quest’s Q-Tip tweeted. “Damn I’m gonna miss u.”

In a statement via Markie’s rep late Friday, his family said, “Biz created a legacy of artistry that will forever be celebrated by his industry peers and his beloved fans whose lives he was able to touch through music, spanning over 35 years.” Read more tributes below:

This one hurts baad … RIP to my Aries bro… ahhh man @BizMarkie damn im gonna miss u so so many memories.. hurts bad. My FRIEND

— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract) July 17, 2021

Biz markiie past away at 57 first time I saw was appolo theater I was 18 years he was a true Goat

— Wyclef Jean (@wyclef) July 17, 2021

“Oh baby YOU…. You got what I need…..” my childhood jam RIP BIZ.

— Kirk Franklin (@kirkfranklin) July 17, 2021

All of my love to the one of a kind bringer of love and joy, the great Biz Markie. I will bang his records til the day I die and my heart will rejoice. I love you Biz.

— Flea (@flea333) July 17, 2021

We lost another Rap legend Mr. Biz Markie, an American rapper, singer, DJ, record producer, actor, comedian, and writer. He’s best known for his 1989 single “Just a Friend”! To a lot of us he was more than Just a Friend. R.I.P. Prayers going out to the family & friends. Bootsy

— Bootsy Collins (@Bootsy_Collins) July 17, 2021

Damn. Damn.
He was a love!
Rest In Peace, Biz Markie.

— Holly Robinson Peete ⭐️ (@hollyrpeete) July 17, 2021

RIP #BizMarkie – A true legend ♥️

— Evelyn Lozada (@EvelynLozada) July 17, 2021

soul, classic soul, motown,