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Biz Markie remembered by friends, family & fans at memorial service in New York City today

A funeral for rapper Biz Markie was held today after the hip-hop personality known for his 1989 hit "Just a Friend" died in July.

Funeral service for the self-proclaimed "Human Beatbox" and renowned rapper held in New York

On Monday (August 2) Friends, family, fans and fellow hip-hop luminaries including Ice-T and Fat Joe gathered Monday on Long Island to remember beloved rapper and DJ Biz Markie as a passionate and fun-loving “icon” synonymous with the genre itself.

Fans gathered outside the Patchogue Theatre on Long Island in New York during the service for the pioneering beatboxer whose birth name was Marcel Theo Hall. He was born in Harlem and raised in Patchogue.

Police put up barricades to hold crowds on the sidewalks and keep the street in front of the theater clear.


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