Rapper Magoo, best known as one half of rap duo, Timbaland and Magoo unexpectedly passed away at the age of 50. The Virginia Chief Medical Examiner reports the cause of death was not disclosed.
Born, Melvin Barcliff, Magoo, a Norfolk, VA native made waves in the late 90s with music partner Timberland. They pair released their debut album, Welcome To Our World in 1997 which spawned the hits “Up Jumps The Boogie”, as well as contributions with their frequent collaborators Missy Elliott, Aaliyah, Ginuwine, and more. Timbaland & Magoo would go on to release two more albums together: 2001’s Indecent Proposal and 2003’s Under Construction, Part II.
After the tragic news, Timberland spoke on his other half. “This one hits different 🥲🥲🥲 long live Melvin aka magoo !!!💔💔💔 Tim and Magoo forever 🕊️🕊️🕊️ rest easy my king ❤️❤️❤️,” the producer wrote in the first, alongside a video of the pair performing together.”
“These are the kind of post I don’t wish on any1😢 at 1st I was in shock & the more I sit the reality kicks in so many emotions,” added Missy. “I remember when we 1st met as teenagers & you said hey my name Melvin & I laughed so hard & I said wait you really talk like that? and you said yuuuup & I kept laughing & I said what you do you said I rap & you kicked 8 bars & I said you remind me of Qtip & you said he one of my favorite emcees but your flow was VA I loved it!”
She continued “& from that day we became so cool you supported me from day 1 & you said I’m going to call you Misdemeanor because it’s a crime to have that many talents. So those who don’t know Magoo gave me the name Misdemeanor When we did this song Beep Me 911 & I asked Magoo to get on it & I played this verse over and over & posting this is just heartbreaking I am so lost for words…”