Doug E. Fresh is gearing up for the release of his new album, which will reportedly include a feature from Biz Markie. During a recent interview with HipHopDX, the beatboxing legend revealed that he secured a verse from Biz, one that supposedly includes the last few bars the “Just a Friend” emcee recorded before he succumbed to his battle with diabetes.
Biz had been fighting the illness for years, but his condition began to worsen, and he was immediately taken to the hospital. “I didn’t know what it was for, but I assumed that it was diabetes-related because I’ve always talked to Biz about his health and watching out and looking out what he’d eat and stuff like that,” said Fresh, who’d just spoken to the DJ days earlier.
He learned that Biz had a diabetic stroke but continued to keep his faith despite the bad news.
“I kept the doors of hope open, thinking that he will be OK and we ain’t gotta worry about Biz, he’s going to bounce back. We know Biz. Biz is strong. Biz is going to do it,” Fresh explained. “And as time started going, I started getting more information, and things wasn’t really going that well, I would constantly call, send pictures and flyers of things that we would do before. So it was kind of like … it’s weird how this album came out with Biz on it, and I didn’t plan that either.”
“I didn’t know that this would be the last recording of Biz,” said the human beatbox. ”Biz would make you laugh, joke around, make you feel good. I appreciate it. He was a good brother, so his spirit will live on.