Funeral Video: Biz Markie is laid to rest, “Celebration of Life” attended by stars

Biz Markie laid to rest/YouTube

Biz Markie given special farewell.

Blog King, Mass Appeal

LONG ISLAND — Family, friends and lachrymose fans got together Monday morning to bid a final farewell to Biz Markie (né Marcel Theo Hall) who died July 16th from diabetes. He was 57. The “Just A Friend” rapper received a star-studded sepulture in his hometown of Patchogue — a village in Long Island, New York. Reverend Al Sharpton delivered the panegyric. LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, Treach of “Naughty by Nature,” Kid Capri, Montell Jordan and Fat Joe were among the many rap confrères in attendance.

Everyone remembers Biz as being a jovial lyricist blessed with comedic proclivity. “When he came into the room he shifted the atmosphere,” recalled Bishop Lamor Whitehead. “It’s just a sad day that, you know, that we lost a good brother,” bemoaned rapper Doitall Dupré Kelly. “I mean, a real good brother.”

Treach said Biz’s dissonant vocals altered the landscape of hip-hop music.

“You could do your own style,” he once told the rapper.

“You could sing off key.”

Kid Capri said, “There’s never going to be another Biz Markie.” Montell Jordan, who now serves as a pastor, echoed a similar sentiment. He’s confident he hasn’t seen the last of Biz. “That’s my greatest joy about today – even with the loss that I know it’s a gain because I get to see him again,” Montell said.

Biz is survived by his wife, Tara Davis.

He didn’t have any children.

Watch Biz Markie’s “Celebration of Life” — long or short version.

Share your thoughts.


  1. Rest in peace to the legendary, hip hop pioneer, Biz Markie. The Vapors is one of the best songs in hip hop.

  2. Rip Biz🙏🏾. One thing about Al Sharpton, he delivers the most beautiful eulogies

  3. Courtney Puzzo

    RIP To Biz Markie sadly African American’s have a higher probability of having adult onset diabetes than their European/Mexican etc. counterparts though it runs in both sides of my family to varying degrees. unfortunately people of color are also more likely to be uninsured/underinsured compared to whites or Mexican Americans due to lower paying jobs in their neighborhoods

  4. RIP Biz Markie. One of the best one hit wonder rap songs of all time, and did not get sued for copyright infringement like Vanilla Ice, which was a similar situation Sam Smith had with his hit song Stay with me. Using instrumentals from another artist without approval.

  5. @Osa007: One hit wonder? Biz got hits from 86 til the mid 90’s.


    Why gain the whole world but lose your soul in the end


    Nobody beats the BIZ nobody beats the BIZ I’m gonna go and pick a booger RIP TO BIZ AND ALL THAT DIED DURING MY CHILD HOOD

  8. Fill in the blank

    @Osa007: You obviously don’t know sh!t about Hip Hop calling a legend like Biz a one hit wonder. He had an original style that everyone loved across the nation.

  9. LuvAintStrongFukem

    R.I.P BIZ!!! You reached so many people. You will be FOREVER Legendary.

  10. This one hurts. I’m blessed that I was able to witness this dude’s crazy genius from day one.
    Rest peacefully, Biz. Thank you for your contributions to the art we call Hip Hop.

  11. RIP “Biz Markie”💙💯🕊🙏
    #Just A Friend💯

  12. RIP to a hip hop pioneer. 💐❤❤❤🙏

  13. Awwww RIP Biz. He was a cool dude

  14. It was 1988, and I’m a junior in high school. I remember hearing Biz hit song “The Vapors” that beat was something that would touch your soul and made everyone dance. Black, Latino, Samoan, we all dance together as one. Thank Biz for making my teenage years so special. I will always continue to play his songs. R.I.P 🙏🏻

  15. Vapors is still that jam…Thanks for the memories Biz RIP.

  16. The Enlighten One: God's Child

    RIP Brotha BIZ

  17. IsThatRight? 🤔😂

    We lost another legend. RIP Biz. Fly high. 💐🙏🕊

  18. A pioneer in hip hop! biz markie was out way before 2pac, biggie , easy e .Biz markie music was a alternative to gangster rap! Discovered big daddy Kane, put Redman under his wing! A member of legendary juice crew posse! R I P BIZ

  19. Awhhh!! RIP, Big Fella.

  20. Antwan Frasier

    I’m 50 years old. Anyone remember Something For The Radio? My favorite. R.I.P.

  21. 🎶 Nobody Beats the Biz”, well, check it
    Back in the days before this began
    He used to try to talk to this girl named Fran
    The type of female with fly Gucci wear
    With big truck jewelry and extensions in her hair
    When Swan tried to kick it, she always fessed
    Talking about “Ni ga please, you work for UPS”
    Since he wasn’t no type of big drug dealer
    My man TJ Swan didn’t appeal to her
    But now he trucks gold and wear fly Bally boots
    Rough leather fashion and tough silk suits
    Now she stop fronting and wants to speak and
    Be coming to all the shows every single weekend
    To get his beeper number, she’d be begging please
    Dying for the day to get skeezed

    She caught the vapors
    She caught the vapors 🎵🙏🏾

  22. He was one of Hip Hop’s pillars. RIP Biz

  23. When a icon like Biz Markie pass’es away and that person is the same age as you it is so heartbreaking and so depressing because you think that you haven’t got long before you leave our parent’s are NOT suppose to bury us Biz’s death has really gotten me so depressed this is for his wife when tomorrow start’s without Biz just know that God has your back and he will never forsake you like people do may God continue to bless you! Rip Biz Markie💕

  24. RIP to one of the legends who made the game what it is…. Foundation artist.

  25. RIP Biz🙏🏽🙏🏽

  26. Oh snap! Guess what I saw?
    A fella tongue-kissin’ my girl in the mouth
    I was so in shock my heart went down south
    So please listen to the message that I say
    Don’t ever talk to a girl who says she just has a friend. 😔

    RIP Biz

  27. La Queta Worley-Bell


  28. sstarapple88 c

    Beautiful home going…May Biz R.I.P. May the Lord comfort his family. When she started singing “precious Lord” the hairs on my arm stood at attention. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

  29. Is it me or did Al Sharpton talk too much about himself?

    Biz R.I.P

  30. Rest In Peace ❤️❤️🙏🏻🙏🏻

  31. Okay. Why the hell is sharpton there? Oh that’s right, he’s using Biz Markie’s funeral to get his 5 minutes of shame. Damn SMH.
    Rest in peace Biz Markie. Shame on you sharpton.


  33. Morris-Anthonie Ferguson


  34. Rest In Peace Biz 1964-2021
    He’s In a Better Place and He’s Not Just a Friend Anymore 🕊️

  35. RIP BIZ I hope he didn’t take that evil jab

  36. Melinda Robinson

    Everbody wants to say rest in peace but without Jesus we can’t. There is only one way to heaven through Jesus. No other way its not by are works or being a good person .I wish it was that simple . it’s a process to go to heaven . like Jesus says in the Bible .you have to be born again. There is no other way to the father in heaven only through the blood of jesus. No matter how we feel. And that’s the way it is.

  37. It’s Spring Again RIP KING BIZ 🙏🙏🌹🌹

  38. What a beautiful homegoing service and such an outpouring of love! We certainly got a wonderful sense of who Marcel was behind the Biz celeb! And his wife, what a class act! Another charismatic spirit of beauty gone too soon. RIP Biz Markie – gone but we’ll never forget you!

  39. Jophlo TheArtist

    It doesn’t get more Hip Hop than Biz Markie.
    He’ll forever be an ICON✊🏽❤🖤💚


  41. Funny. Cool person. Down to Earth. 🙏🏼

  42. That was a beautiful service. ❤❤rest in peace Biz.❤❤🕊

  43. Junito Punto Comm

    Oh Baby You…got what I need !!

  44. How many were shot at the funeral?

  45. The devil is a liar he doesn’t want you to in heaven peacefully having fun he wants you to get beat and toured over and over again.So stop listening to him. When you go to hell you get beat and toured over and over again you can’t leave bc you’re already dead and there is no escaping.When Jesus got beat to death and died for your sins did he say he was tired or busy oh ok . Jesus died on the cross for your sins and God sent him to died on the cross for your sins.God and Jesus saves.God and Jesus loves you.God and Jesus heals.God and Jesus protect you.I love God and Jesus . Jesus is coming soon repent from ur sins and grow a relationship with Jesus and God.Hell isn’t fun you get beat and demons scream in ur ears.

  46. We came from an era where Rap Music made you feel good. We had quality hip hop. We love to go to jams in the park, and just dance and have a good time. These young folks will never know what it was like when rap meant something. We had battles , freestyles and DJ that could scratch. We had dances whop, electric boogie, break dance, pee wee Herman…we had the fly gear, windbreaker, name belts, addias, sheepskin. We are loosing our heroes. RIP Biz Markie.🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

  47. first rapper to predict FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS….. 1988 ,,,,,, “never trust a girl who says Hes just a friend”

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