Biz Markie, ‘Just a Friend’ Rapper, Useless at 57

Biz Markie, the pioneering rapper, producer, and beatboxer whose jovial goofiness, boundless, off-kilter creativity and progressive new music produced him a singular presence in both of those hip-hop and pop tradition at huge, died Friday at the age of 57. “It is with profound unhappiness that we announce, this night, […]

Malcolm Cecil, Synthesizer Pioneer, Is Useless at 84

Malcolm Cecil, a British-born bassist with the soul of an engineer who revolutionized electronic music by aiding to create a substantial analog synthesizer that gave Stevie Wonder’s albums a new seem, died on Sunday at a hospital in Valhalla, N.Y. He was 84. His son, Milton, stated the trigger experienced […]