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: