Aug 2 (Reuters) – A funeral for rapper Biz Markie was held on Monday after the hip-hop persona identified for his 1989 hit “Only a Pal” died in July.
Followers gathered outdoors the Patchogue Theatre on Lengthy Island in New York in the course of the service for the pioneering beatboxer whose beginning title was Marcel Theo Corridor. He was born in Harlem and raised in Patchogue.
Police put up barricades to carry crowds on the sidewalks and preserve the road in entrance of the theater clear.
Media studies mentioned a personal viewing for the household was adopted by a live-streamed service. The Rev. Al Sharpton tweeted that he was to ship the eulogy. “Could his legacy stay on,” the civil rights chief mentioned on Twitter.
Hip-hop performers LL Cool J, Fats Joe and Large Daddy Kane have been set to attend, media studies mentioned.
Markie died on July 16 aged 57 of issues from diabetes.
Writing by Cynthia Osterman; Enhancing by Richard Chang