Mon. Sep 25th, 2023

Magoo has died, Selection studies, citing the Virginia Chief Medical Examiner. A reason for loss of life was not disclosed. The Virginia rapper, finest recognized for his work with Timbaland within the rap duo Timbaland & Magoo, additionally collaborated with Pharrell Williams, Missy Elliott, and Aaliyah throughout his profession. He was 50 years outdated.

Since information of Magoo’s loss of life first broke on Sunday (August 13), a number of artists and trade friends have shared tributes to him, together with Missy Elliott, Ginuwine, Digital Black of the rap group Playa, and extra. Timbaland, on Instagram, wrote, “This one hits completely different 🥲🥲🥲 lengthy reside Melvin aka magoo !!!💔💔💔 Tim and Magoo endlessly 🕊️🕊️🕊️ relaxation straightforward my king ❤️❤️❤️.”

Born Melvin Barcliff in 1973, Magoo grew up round Virginia Seashore and Chesapeake, Virginia. Regardless of the ostensible reference to the basic cartoon character, Magoo has stated he selected his rap title to honor the aunt who raised him. He and Timbaland first related as youngsters, making music within the group S.B.I. (Surrounded by Idiots) with Larry Reside and a then-unknown Pharrell Williams earlier than forming Timbaland & Magoo. Magoo was additionally a member of DeVante Swing’s Swing Mob collective.

After splitting off right into a duo, Timbaland & Magoo launched their debut album in 1997. Welcome to Our World, which featured contributions from Aaliyah, Missy Elliott, Ginuwine, and extra, was licensed platinum the subsequent 12 months. Welcome to Our World additionally yielded the duo’s highest-charting profession single, “Up Jumps da’ Boogie.”

Timbaland & Magoo would go on to launch two extra albums collectively: 2001’s Indecent Proposal and 2003’s Underneath Building, Half II. Magoo didn’t launch any solo albums after that. In 2021, Welcome to Our World turned obtainable on streaming for the primary time after their label, Blackground Information, signed a distribution take care of Empire.

“We made enjoyable information, however they weren’t corny. I don’t have any regrets,” Magoo advised of Timbaland & Magoo in a 2020 interview. “I didn’t get the road credibility that I bought into hip hop for, however I felt if I may make individuals pleased and have a very good time, that was contributing to hip hop too however differently.”

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