Memorial for hip-hop star Biz Markie held in Patchogue
A memorial for hip-hop star Biz Markie was held on Long Island Monday.
Hip-hop artists including LL Cool J and Fat Joe honored Biz Markie, 57, at the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts.
Biz Markie was known for his hit "Just a Friend." Fans who came out to remember the rap star were singing the song in his honor.
"He was the pure essence of hip-hop," said DJ Kid Capri. "He wasn't violent in his music. He wasn't negative. It was about fun."
Capri says Biz helped him get his first record deal and was a legend in the hip-hop world. He says Biz's lighthearted approach to rap went against the grain of the '80s and '90s rap music, but his style was the foundation of hip-hop and influenced so many artists.
"There is only one Biz Mark in our mind and as the professor and godfather of hip-hop," says Parish Smith, who is also known as PMD.
Rev. Al Sharpton delivered the eulogy.
"I want us to remember a man that had given his life to making us feel better, making us laugh through our pain, and making it through our misery," says Sharpton. "He made many performances. We come together today for his final act."
Biz Markie was born in Harlem but was raised on Long Island, helping to solidify the Island's roots in the beginnings of hip-hop culture.
Friends say he will be remembered as a loving friend.