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Hip-Hop has a long memory when it comes to its icons, and despite the tragic loss of Biz Markie back in July, those who grew up on his music still find a way to honor the New York artist in a way that is authentic to his unforgettably light-hearted spirit.

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Sunday night (Sept. 19), Emmy host Cedric The Entertainer kicked off the show with a Hip-Hop jam fest that featured Biz Markie’s most popular hit, “Just A Friend.” But rather than steal all the microphone time for himself, he invited LL Cool J to join the medley, as well as Billy Porter, Rita Wilson, Black-ish stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, and a host of others.


Sadly, Markie passed away at age 57. It was reported at the time that he had been dealing with complications from diabetes at the time of his death. But this is hardly the only occasion Biz has been shown love publicly in recent times.

Just last week, it was announced that Biz would have a street named after him in Long Island, New York. A post by Tara Davis, the late rapper’s widow, confirmed the news.

“In honor of the contributions Biz has achieved as an actor, beatboxer, DJ and philanthropist, his hometown of Patchogue Long Island will honor him with the renaming of South Street to Biz Markie Way!” Davis wrote below an Instagram photo.

“Thank you. [Tracey Todd] for spearheading this project, Patchogue Villiage Mayor, Paul Pontieri and The Greater Patchogue Foundation.”

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