The hip-hop community paid their respects to rap legend Biz Markie, who was laid
to rest in the rapper’s hometown of Patchogue, Long Island on Monday (Aug. 3).
Markie, whose birth name was Marcel Theo Hall, died two weeks ago at the age of 57,
of complications from diabetes.
Markie’s nearly three-hour funeral was attended by hip hop stars such as LL Cool J,
Busta Rhymes, Kid Capri, Treach of Naughty by Nature, Montell Jordan, Fat Joe, and
more. They remembered him as a fun-loving person who was always smiling and
making people laugh.
“When he came into the room he shifted the atmosphere,” said Bishop Lamor
“It’s just a sad day that, you know, that we lost a good brother,” said rapper Dupre
“Doitall” Kelly. “I mean, a real good brother.”
Treach, lead rapper of hip-hop group Naughty by Nature, said Markie changed
the landscape of hip-hop music.
“You could do your own style,” he said. “You could sing off-key.”
“There’s never going to be another Biz Markie,” rapper Kid Capri said. “There’s never
going to be another one like him.”
Artist Montell Jordan, who now serves as a preacher, said he had an opportunity to
pray with Markie.
“That’s my greatest joy about today – even with the loss that I know it’s again because
I get to see him again,” he said.
Sal Abbatiello, who used to own a nightclub in the Bronx, said he and Markie stayed
life-long friends after Markie did one of his first-ever performances at Abbatiello’s
club, The Disco Fever.
“He was so lovable,” Abbatiello said. “He was like a big teddy bear.”
Tara Davis, Markie’s wife of 16 years, spoke to the crowd at the funeral.
She said while she no longer has to take care of Markie’s physical body, she needs to
take care of his legacy and she asked for the help of his friends to do that.
Last week, the Patchogue Village Board voted to rename a portion of South Street
where Markie grew up in his name. A dedication ceremony will be held in the coming