Biz Markie was an American rapper best known for his composition “Just a Friend“, which is on the Pitchfork 500.
MF Doom was a British-born American rapper. He died two months ago, but news came out only recently.
Like Sun Ra, who he sampled more than once, MF Doom builds his own universe. It is not difficult to see how he influenced Tyler, the Creator, another voice in hip hop I appreciate.
Like Buckethead, MF Doom wore a mask during concerts.
Roy C was an American singer-songwriter best known for writing the song “Impeach the President” (1973) which was sampled hundreds of times in hip hop songs.
Malik B. was an American rapper and singer who was a founding member of The Roots.
Although he did some solo work, his most interesting work was with that group, where he was a rapper rather than a song-writer.
If you are unfamiliar with the work of The Roots, check “The Seed” (2002).
RIP Style Scott, Jamaican drummer, famous for playing in the Roots Radics and, later, with Dub Syndicate.
Above: Scientist Meets the Space Invaders (the cover and concept is an example of black science fiction).
The number of reggae musicians who have died of crime violence is high (think King Tubby and Henry “Junjo” Lawes).
It has parallels with the violence in hip hop (think 2Pac, think The Notorious B.I.G.).
Both are fueled by machismo and have homophobia and misogyny as side effect (see homophobia and black music and misogyny in hip hop culture).