The ‘Just a Friend’ rapper died in July at the age of 57
A tribute to the late rapper Biz Markie marked the start of the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards, presented by Lil Dicky, LL Cool J, Cedric the Entertainer and others.
Ceremony host Cedric the Entertainer on the event deck at LA Live began the show by rapping the opening lines of Marquee’s hit “Just a Friend,” before LL Cool J shared the audience with vaccines, quarantines and Queen’s Gambit.
The camera then cut to members of the audience including Mandy Moore and Tracee Ellis Ross performing the track’s chorus. Lil Dicky then emerges to perform a second verse, which references various television shows such as Ted Lasso, I can destroy you even more.
Rita Wilson takes the mic and flexes her astonishing rap skills, before other audience members such as Billy Porter, MJ Rodriguez, and others continue to sing the song’s chorus. Wilson, Dickie, LL Cool J and Cedric the Entertainer then end up performing on stage together.
Watch the full performance below:
Biz Markie died in July at the age of 57, after rumors of his passing spread as early as July 1. A memorial was held at New York’s Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts in early August, attended by LL Cool J with Busta Rhymes, Ice. -T and more.
Guns N’ Roses paid tribute to the marquee shortly after the memorial service, with frontman Axl Rose encouraging fans to join in on the piano sing-a-long of “Just a Friend” at a New Jersey concert.